Kovalev Will Exercise Rematch Clause

According to his manager, Egis Klimas, former two-time light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev will exercise his rematch clause for an immediate rematch with Eleider Alvarez.

Kovalev was dominating their original encounter earlier this month at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey before Alvarez rocked him and dropped him three times in the seventh round for a stunning, upset knockout victory.

After the fight, Kovalev’s promoter, Kathy Duva of Main Events, said she wasn’t sure what Kovalev’s next plans were after the loss. But according to Kimas, Kovalev will rematch and try to gain back the WBO Light Heavyweight Title he lost.

Kovalev and his camp have 60 days following the date of the original bout to inform of rematch intentions.

“Yes, he wants to have the rematch. There’s no other fight that he wants and there is no fight as big for him as the rematch,” Klimas said.

Kovalev has now dropped three of his last five bouts. He was unbeaten at 30-0-1 before losing back-to-back title bouts with Andre Ward in November 2016 and June 2017.

According to the terms of the contract, the rematch must take place by early February.

Original Story: ESPN

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