Kovalev-Beterbiev Possible For May
Artur Beterbiev is ready to unify his IBF light heavyweight title, and wants to stand across from Sergey Kovalev, who reclaimed his WBO world title earlier this year in a unanimous decision win over Eleider Alvarez.
“Now he has a belt,” Beterbiev said to TVA Sports. “I also have a belt. This is the right time to do a unification fight. Come on, let’s do it. Let’s do it, Kovalev.”
Kovalev, who is currently in the midst of a legal battle, is ready to fight the IBF titleholder, looking at May as a potential date.
“I want to make my next fight as early as possible. And the actual possible date of the fight, is in the month of May. The fight with Beterbiev is the most expected and one of the most interesting fights for boxing fans and for myself,” Kovalev stated.
“In my interview in the ring after the fight [with Alvarez], I called out my desired opponents, and if any of the boxing fans missed this interview, then you have the opportunity to find it on Youtube. [Me and my team] have a plan, I am ready to enter the ring against any light heavyweight fighter, including Artur Beterbiev.
“If my team deems it necessary, the fight in May will be against him. If our plan does not include the May fight against Artur, then it will happen later on. But this fight will definitely come, I assure you.
The two Russian fighters have a rivalry that’s played out for a long time.
While the two have yet to face as professionals. Beterbiev took two victories from Kovalev when they were amateurs, which Kovalev he was robbed of.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene