Campillo-Kovalev on NBC’s Fight Night, Sept. 21



Southpaw light heavyweight contender Gabriel Campillo will face Sergey Kovelev in the main event, and undefeated welterweight Ronald Cruz will meet Antwone Smith in the co-feature of a Sept. 21 edition of NBC Sports’ Fight Night series from Bethlehem, Pa., Main Events President Kathy Duva informed on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 Campillo (21-4-1, 8 knockouts) is coming off a controversial split-decision loss to IBF beltholder Tavoris Cloud (24-0 19 KOs), whom Campillo appeared to out-box after having been dropped twice in the first round.

Kovalev, of Russia, is 18-0 with 16 knockouts after having knocked out Darnell Boone in the second round last month. Cruz, of Bethlehem, is 17-0 with 12 stoppage victories, and Smith, 21-4 with 12 knockouts.

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