Kovalev On Why Canelo Fight Didn’t Happen

Sergey Kovalev refused to sign for a fight against Canelo Alvarez for a light heavyweight title fight in October. Not because the money wasn’t there, but due to Kovalev signing an agreement to fight Anthony Yarde on August 24th.

“Yes, we did have an offer,” Kovalev said of an offer to fight Alvarez on October 26th in Las Vegas during a press conference on Wednesday.

“I have to say that the tickets were already on sale. Official agreements were already made. It was just three weeks before the fight. And the offer was indeed a big one, a substantial one. But you never do it like that, because I have to be here. This is my home and this is not what I do. Everything was already agreed. My primary task is to defend the title. If the fight will still be very interesting for Canelo [after Saturday night], OK.”

That does not mean a fight between the three-division champion and Kovalev won’t happen this year, but Kovalev and his manager Egis Klimas won’t assume anything until he faces off against Yarde on Saturday.

“It’s too early to talk about that,” Klimas said during the press conference. “Let’s talk about that after the fight Saturday night.”


Report: Boxing Scene


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