Former light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev has been outspoken since his decision loss to Andre Ward, feeling he won the fight and speaking about the eventual rematch. The Russian fighter also found time to support one of his countrymen from another combat sport, UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Appearing on Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan, Kovalev was asked about UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s chances against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match. Brushing off the overused and absurd question, Kovalev instead pointed to a different fighter he wants to see McGregor face.
"Everybody has a chance, everything is possible," he said. "But the most I want to see is [McGregor] vs. Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s a very great champion and he deserves a title fight. Let’s do this fight. Very interesting."
While the 24-0 contender is atop the lightweight divisional rankings, McGregor may seek out a more financially enticing opponent when he returns from his upcoming hiatus.
As for whether Kovalev would ever corner Khabib during his eventual title fight?
"Ah, maybe," Kovalev said with a laugh. "Anything is possible."
Kovalev also discussed the rematch clause in the contract signed by him and Ward before their fight. If the Russian gets his way, the fight will happen in early 2017. As for his strategy, Kovalev says he will be going for the finish this time.
"Already I understand if [I don’t] knock him out, victory can be robbed," Kovalev said.