Undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) returns to HBO Boxing After Dark and Atlantic City on August 2nd to defend his against undefeated Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) at Revel Casino Hotel. Kovalev, 31, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia and now residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will defend his WBO title for the third time since taking it by force from Nathan Cleverly in a four round TKO victory in Cleverly’s hometown of Cardiff, Wales on August 17, 2013. Renowned for his ability to knockout anyone who dares to step in the ring with him, Krusher has an astonishing 91% knockout-to-win ratio. This will be his fourth fight on HBO and his second in Atlantic City.
Caparello is a former IBO titleholder. He outpointed Elvir Muriqi in his last fight in January and has gone the distance in six straight outings. He isn’t listed in the most recently published WBO ratings.
“I am happy to be back in the ring on August 2nd and thanks to HBO for offering us the date. Looking forward to face an unbeaten fighter, I know he will be coming to fight and to take my title away, but it belongs to me and I won’t let that happen,” said Kovalev. “I already started my preparation for this bout and will be ready in good condition when time comes to step into ring.”
Main Events’ matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, can attest that finding opponents to face Krusher is never easy. She said, “The great thing about matching Sergey is he will fight ANYONE, anytime, anywhere. Caparello is a southpaw boxer who has the ability to outsmart a straight forward-type of puncher like Sergey. Caparello is undefeated and hungry which makes him a dangerous opponent. If Caparello can take Sergey’s power, then he could last longer than people might think.”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “We would love for Sergey to fight all of the marquee names that have been avoiding him but they’re obviously afraid. So kudos to Caparello for stepping up! Sergey really is a fighter first. He just wants to be in the ring all the time, testing himself against the best. We are very grateful for the support we’ve gotten from HBO for Kovalev and our plan for him is to continue to fight the best opponent who’s willing to get in the ring.”