Kovalev: I’m The Best Light Heavyweight

Days away from the next defense of the WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev doesn’t think, he knows that he is the best light heavyweight in boxing.

Asked during this week’s grand arrivals if Alvarez picked him because he was the “easiest” champion to fight in the division, Kovalev thought the opposite.

“I don’t think so,” Kovalev said.

“But if he wants to make history, who’s he gonna fight right now in the light heavyweight division? I’m the best in light heavyweight. I cannot say right now Beterbiev’s better. Yeah, he has two titles. But remember, one IBF title, it’s mine. He got this title from against a fight with nobody, you know? I don’t know this guy at all. And this title was vacated.”

The nobody Kovalev is referring to is Enrico Koelling, who was knocked out by Beterbiev in 2017 for the title vacated by the retired Andre Ward, who took it from Kovalev in 2016.

“This is a big motivation to get a victory over Canelo,” Kovalev said of his hopes to unify the division, “to fight with Beterbiev.”

Report: Boxing Scene

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