Kovalev, who burst on to the scene last year with stoppage victories over Gabriel Campillo, Cornelius White, Nathan Cleverly and Ismayl Sillah seems set to be just as active this year.
In the opposite corner to Kovalev will be the unbeaten American Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13) who holds a very good looking record though it does lack bigger names. On paper it's a good bout though it's not the one we all want to see Kovalev in, which is of course Kovalev v Adonis Stevenson.
If Kovalev despatches Agnew in quick fashion we'd be shocked if he wasn't out again in the summer as he looks to force a title unification with Stevenson. If Kovalev can wipe out top contenders it will be hard for Stevenson to avoid him and it seems Kovalev's team know that this is the best way to apply pressure on the big punching Canadian based Haitian.
Kovalev is expected to be joined on the show by fellow Russian Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0-1, 3) who is expected to take on Wilky Campfort (16-1, 9) in what looks like a tough test for the unbeaten man and could actually be much more competitive than the main event.