Monday, July 11, 2016

DIVS Palace of Sports / Ekaterinburg

Sergey Kovalev

(29-0-1, 26 KOs) VS.

Isaac Chilemba

(24-3-2, 10 KOs)

HBO Broadcast: pm ET
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HBO returns to Russia for the first time since 2013 to present Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev?s (29-0-1, 26 KOs) title defense against challenger Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) on Monday, July 11, at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg.

In his first fight in Russia since 2011, Kovalev defends his light heavyweight title for the ninth time when he faces Isaac Chilemba in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds. Kovalev, 33, has emerged as one of the sport?s most feared punchers defeating many of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division including Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal. He is ranked as one of the sport's top pound-for-pound performers.

His challenger, Isaac Chilemba - originally from Malawi - has never been stopped in his 29 professional bouts and will look to use his ring savvy to emerge victorious in his first career world title opportunity.

Chilemba commented, "I thank Sergey and his team for putting their titles on the line to face me? they are in for a surprise, they gave the wrong guy an opportunity. I'll work my ass off and I'm in to win it! Russia here we come!"

On his return home Kovalev stated, "I am so excited to fight in my home country of Russia. It gives me great pride to bring my titles home at last... Chilemba is a tough opponent and I will be ready for him on July 11."


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