By Jeff Agee: IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev won’t be fighting for the remainder of this year due to scheduling problems. His promoter Main Events had him scheduled to fight in Moscow, Russia on November 28th against an opponent still to be determined, but the fight plans had to be cancelled due to scheduling problems.
Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva plans on trying to schedule a fight against Andre Ward in 2016, as soon as she can get the American fighter to agree to the fight. But in the meantime, Kovalev will be backside the ring in early 2016 against the best possible opponents.
Kovalev successfully defended his IBF/WBA/WBO 175lb titles twice in 2015 in beating Jean Pascal and Nadjib Mohammedi by knockout wins.
“The two fights would simply have been too close together,” Duva said to ESPN.com. “As we worked on Sergey’s schedule for next year, it became clear that the best course would be to schedule his first bout in 2016 as early in the year as possible.”
Duva and Kovalev are kind of in a bad situation though with there not being any big names in the light heavyweight division for Kovalev to fight. Most of the fighters in the division have no real fan base. Kovalev has already exhausted two of the big names in beating Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
The only names left for Kovalev still to fight is Adonis Stevenson, Juergen Braehmer and Ward. But Kovalev likely will never be able to get a fight against Stevenson and Braehmer, because neither of those fighters have shown interest in fighting Kovalev and I don’t think they ever will. Ward will eventually get around to fighting Kovalev, but that fight isn’t expected to happen anytime soon.
“I can tell you we are having great conversations,” Duva said about a Kovalev vs. Ward fight. “That’s the fight I’ve been saying all along is inevitable. Our talks are continuing, and they are very amicable.”
Kovalev’s destiny will be a lot like Gennady Golovkin in that he’s going to likely continue to have problems finding big enough names for him to fight due to the light heavyweight division not having enough name guys for him to fight.