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VIDEO: John David Jackson GOES IN on Sergey Kovalev; key details on why their training relationship ended

Former two-time champion John David Jackson speaking in Miami, FL (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There’s no denying that former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev had a great run in the sport.  Kovalev, a Russian fighter who burst onto the scene due to his great ability to chop opponents down and register brutal highlight-reel knockouts, captured the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles at light heavyweight during his successful march up boxing’s ranks.

It was only when we saw Kovalev face off with two-division world champion, Andre Ward, who is now retired, that we saw him suffer his first defeat. That took place in November of 2016 in Las Vegas, as Kovalev scored a second-round knockdown, only to see Ward escape with a narrow unanimous decision after rallying over the second half of the fight. The two men rematched immediately after, with Ward scoring an 8th round TKO victory.

PHOTOS: Sergey Kovalev Visits Monmouth Park Ahead of HBO Clash vs. Eleider Alvarez

Sergey Kovalev Ahead Of His Aug. 4 Fight vs. Sullivan Barrera (Photo: Bill Denver, EQUI-PHOTO, INV)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev recently made an appearance at Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 29, as he took place in the betfair.com Haskell Invitational. Kovalev faces off with unbeaten contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Aug. 4 at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City in a bout that will air on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

Kovalev visited the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill and met with various jockeys and trainers before appearing in the winner’s circle. Monmouth Park will be offering wagering in regards to the final outcome of the Kovalev vs. Alvarez match, as well as the undercard matches, in their Sports Book. The evening’s co-main event will see WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev II Fight Week in Las Vegas

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev face off later tonight on HBO pay per view (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev will meet for a second time later tonight, June 17, inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) will vie for the IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight belts that the Oakland native captured from the Russian this past November. There is a lot on the line for both men and there is definitely some tension in the air, as evidenced from all the banter and verbal exchanges during this week in Vegas.

Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev Make Their Grand Arrivals to Las Vegas Ahead of This Weekend’s Rematch

Andre Ward following his official grand arrival to Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former lineal champion Sergey Kovalev arrived in Las Vegas ahead of their rematch this weekend. Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) will meet Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, June 17, on HBO pay per view.

This past November, Ward lifted himself off the canvas following a second-round knockdown and proceeded to close the show strong, winning a majority-decision over Kovalev by way of three 114-113 scorecards. The rematch seems to be lacking some buzz in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t stop the fact that this is one of the most important fights to be made in the sport of boxing.

VIDEOS: Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev arrive to the MGM Grand ahead of this weekend’s big fight

Sergey Kovalev is in Las Vegas ahead of his Saturday night showdown vs. Andre Ward (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, lineal light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former super middleweight champion Andre Ward made their grand arrivals to the city of Las Vegas ahead of their showdown this Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena.

Set for a clash on HBO pay per view, Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO’s) and Ward (30-0, 15 KO’s) will face off for a battle that will likely determine who is the sport’s number-one fighter.

Abel Sanchez talks Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev; feels SOG needs another tune-up

Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward looks to be on tap for later this year (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

One of the most anticipated fights in the sport to be made is the Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward matchup, which looks to be on tap for later this year, possibly in Las Vegas.

Trainer Abel Sanchez gave me his thoughts on the bout recently, and is leaning towards Kovalev, possibly via late stoppage.

PHOTOS: Sergey Kovalev continues his remarkable run, hammers Nadjib Mohammedi in 3

Sergey Kovalev racked up another knockout victory on Saturday (Photo: Na0ki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Photos from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada as WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev hammers out another big stoppage victory, this time halting top contender Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KO’s) inside of three rounds.

Kovalev was simply too powerful, strong, and accurate, as is often the case with the merciless Russian, and had little trouble with his overmatched foe from France on Saturday night on HBO’s airwaves.

Trainer Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill reflects back on the chance encounter between Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas

Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson in Las Vegas in October of 2013 at the Top Rank Gym 

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By Chris Robinson

On Oct. 12 of last year, two-division world champion Tim Bradley produced perhaps his most complete performance as a professional in edging future Hall-of-Famer Juan Manuel Marquez via split-decision over 12 tense and tactical rounds inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While the fight was a nice chess battle, there was actually plenty of news and developments taking place outside of the squared circle that week. During any notable fight week in Las Vegas, you are always sure to find your share of boxing notables around town and there were no shortage of luminaries on hand.

Introducing Quan Paxton, a new face in the corner of Sergey Kovalev

Quan Paxton, far left, with Sergey Kovalev and the crew following the Bernard Hopkins victory (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Nov. 8, Russian-born Sergey Kovalev left another stamp on the boxing world with a rousing, dominant 12-round unanimous decision over living legend Bernard Hopkins in Atlantic City.

The victory for the 31-year old Kovalev, who added Hopkins’ WBA and IBF titles to go with his WBO light heavyweight belt, is profound, as it helped wrap up another huge year for him.  During the match, Kovalev showed grit and guile, never falling into Hopkins’ traps while boxing wisely and showing glimpses of his heralded power.

Photos: Sergey Kovalev dominates Bernard Hopkins over 12 rounds

Photos from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. as Russia’s Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KO’s) dominates living legend Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO’s) over twelve rounds. Hopkins showed grit and guile but simply was no match for his younger foe, who captures the IBF and WBA titles in addition to his WBO strap.

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How was Sergey Kovalev before the fame hit? Trainer Eddie Sanchez looks back

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HustleBoss.com speaks with trainer Eddie Sanchez about his early days working with reigning WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev out in Los Angeles.

Abel Sanchez says Sergey Kovalev would destroy Adonis Stevenson

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HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson speaks with trainer Abel Sanchez about Adonis Stevenson’s victory over Andrzej Fonfara and what his future holds.

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Team Kovalev rips into Adonis Stevenson, doubts Sergey fight will ever happen

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Post-fight exclusive with trainer Kenny Ellis, who used to be in the camp of WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in Florida. Kenny believes that WBC champion Adonis Stevenson wants nothing to do with the fight.

Sergey Kovalev lashes out, calls Adonis Stevenson a ‘piece of sh*t’ after Agnew victory

On Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev improved his record to 24-0-1 with 22 knockouts after stopping Chicago’s Cedric Agnew in the seventh round of a spirited yet one-sided affair on HBO’s airwaves.

Sergey Kovalev shows respect to Andre Ward and admits he would love to face him in the future

Sergey Kovalev shows respect to Andre Ward and admits he would love to face him in the future

Sergey Kovalev calling for clash with Adonis Stevenson after blowout of Ismayl Sillakh

An update from Quebec City, Canada as WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) crushes Ismayl Sillakh in the second round. After the match, Kovalev instantly called for a match with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who faces Tony Bellew later in the evening

Mike Tyson, Gennady Golovkin, Zab Judah, and others spotted at the Bradley-Marquez fight

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More all-access coverage from Las Vegas as we take a look inside the Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight at the Thomas & Mack Center, as Mike Tyson, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Zab Judah, Mia St. John, and Delvin Rodriguez are spotted