Could Kovalev Move to Cruiserweight?
While Sergey Kovalev says he will not be moving to the cruiserweight division right now, he may still consider the move, Boxing Scene reports.
Last month, Kovalev lost his WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles to Andre Ward in a close, and controversial decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kovalev holds an immediate rematch clause and he has stated he will invoke it, but there is no word thus far on when a re-match will take place.
Ward supposedly has threatened to retire if not given a satisfactory deal for a rematch. If that happens, and all three titles become vacant, Kovalev will look to re-claim those titles. If the re-match does happen, however, and he manages to defeat Ward, then Kovalev reportedly will consider moving up to cruiserweight.
“When it’s time move up in weight — I’ll be ready,” Kovalev said. “Everything will depend on how the events will unfold in the light heavyweight division. If the championship will be vacated and the belts disperse, then we’ll try to collect them again. I was already at the top, and I’m still a light heavyweight. So maybe it makes sense [in the future] to go up to the cruiserweight division and then look to reach the highest point over there, to be the best.
“I believe Ward’s victory is not legitimate. I’m calm regarding what I did [in the fight]. I’m calm [with the reality] that my championships are now in the hands of someone else. I would like to get the belts back. And maybe then it will be possible to discuss a potential move [to the cruiserweight division].”
The cruiserweight division has received quite the bit of attention in boxing thanks to the likes of Tony Bellew and Marco Huck, among others.