As Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) prepares to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against Blake “Il Capo” Caparello on August 2nd on HBO, there is some media buzz about the possibility of a unification fight between Kovalov and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), after Hopkins called out Kovalev in an interview. “All I want to do is fight the best,” responded Kovalev “I wanted to fight Stevenson but he ran away. I would get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins right now! Any time, any place! But who knows? Maybe he’s just trying to get more money from Showtime? So, I am focused on preparing for my fight on HBO on August 2nd and after we’ll see if Hopkins will really get in the ring with me.”
Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva/Main Events stated that she reached out to the Hopkins’ side but no one knows who would represent Hopkins in negotiations until Hopkins sorts out his promotional situation with Golden Boy.