HBO World Boxing
Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) returns to the ring to take on hard-hitting contender Vyacheslav “Lion-Heart Chingonskyy” Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs). The ten-round showdown will take place on Saturday, November 25 at The Theater Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.

Kovalev, the 34-year-old from Chelyabinsk, Russia, rose to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings as he quickly tore through the light heavyweight division. Through a series of grueling battles, he eventually became the reigning unified light heavyweight champion – a title that he enjoyed for two years, before being dethroned by Andre “SOG” Ward. Now, Kovalev is ready to write the next chapter of his career and is focused on reclaiming his title.

Shabranskyy, the 30-year-old from Zhytomyr, Ukraine, has quickly made a name for himself in the light heavyweight division. Vyacheslav made his professional debut in 2012 with 17 straight victories and 14 knockouts. His only career blemish is a hard-fought TKO loss to Sullivan Barrera. Since that loss, Shabranskyy has had two straight wins both coming by way of knockout. This is Shabranskyy’s opportunity to shoot to the top of his division if he can pull off an upset of the former unified champion.

“I learned a lot from my fights with Andre Ward,” said Kovalev. “When you don’t win and when you suffer adversity, it makes you stronger. It also shows you who your real friends are. I feel like I cleaned out my life and now I’m ready to start fresh. I’m very excited to get back in the ring.”

“I've been waiting for this fight a long time,” said Shabranskyy. “I will take this chance to show everyone my abilities and qualities in the ring. My coach, Manny Robles and I have been working on movement and defense, which together with my natural power will be more than enough to defeat a great fighter such as Kovalev.”