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Sergey Kovalev to fight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on Nov. 25 in New York

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Sergey Kovalev will fight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on November 25 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on HBO, the network announced Saturday.

Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 knockouts) is coming off back-to-back controversial losses to Andre Ward, the first a controversial decision last November and the second an eighth-round stoppage in June.

“I learned a lot from my fights with Andre Ward,” Kovalev said. “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, and fight at Madison Square Garden for the first time, and I’m focused on the future. I’m not looking back.”

Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs) has won two consecutive fights since he was stopped in seven rounds by Sullivan Barrera last December. The Los Angeles-based Ukrainian went down three times in that fight.

“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. I’m proud to represent USA and Ukraine at this fight.”

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    Hopefully after this tuneup, we see him take on Barrera.

    • Harry

      Better Beterbiev: Artur will finish him off once and for good. Andre is already running from Beterbiev by moving up

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        So now SOG is running from another European hype job………by actually moving up in weight attempting to be great. SMH

        • Harry

          Ward does not have the frame or physique of a heavyweight. LHW is his natural weight, so why not try to become an undisputed champ in this weight. He’ll prove a lot more if he beats Stevenson and Beterbiev.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            I agree to an extent. Everyone wants the Stevenson fight, but Stevenson won’t or can’t leave Canada and there’s no way SOG is gonna fight in Montreal. That’s no even taking into account the whole HBO vs Showtime thing.
            Beterbiev needs to prove himself before he gets a crack at the champ. He needs to beat Kov or Barrera to rightfully earn his shot. Strangely enough, the Stevenson vs Beterbiev fight is one that could happen for all of the afore mentioned reasons.
            Having said all of that, SOG should and will end his career as a Cruiser-weight Champ someday. Heavyweight…….not so much.

          • Harry

            Interestingly enough, Andre Ward may one day end fighting Beterbiev at Cruiserweight. The point is that Beterbiev was fighting as a Cruiserweight in amateur ranks and the reason why he is now parting his ways with GYM is because they refused to match him up with Adonis. Kovalev’s management will never match him up with Beterbiev now as Kovalev has to rebuild his career and reputation. Hence they match him with Shabranskyy. Beterbiev would most definitely beat Kovalev in close quarters and that would be the end of Kovalev who never had any amateur pedigree worthy of note, to begin with, unlike Ward or Beterbiev.

          • Juan Domenikes Hernandez Venya

            usyk will beat easily ward

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Nope. He’s not ready. SOG will just crowd him a work him over. I do think Usyk is a solid fighter though.

        • Ramreiz Manuel

          Ward will kick Justin beterbiev ass another over hype job i wonder why

        • Koninbeor

          There isn’t a man at 175 or lower who can beat Ward. I said that before he stepped up from 168 and I don’t even like watching the guy fight. He isn’t exciting unless he’s forced to be but the man figures out his opponents very well and he capitalizes on their weaknesses. Even with a controversial decision win and a controversial stoppage in the second, they could fight 100 times and Kovalev would be lucky to beat him once.

          I’m with you on the move up to Cruiserweight. I’m not sure how Ward will do at that weight. He’s smart enough to make it work but he’s just so much smaller. If he does take the plunge, I wish him the best.

          All that said, he’s not ducking anyone. Ward simply doesn’t like to be told what to do and he fights who he wants to fight.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        He needs to beat Kov or Barrerra to earn a shot. Otherwise he’s just pissin in the wind like you. -_-

        • Harry

          I believe Terrence Crawford deserves number one spot in the P4P list more thna Andre Ward.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Based on what win? SOG beat Kov twice and Barrerra in his last four fights. That’s much better than Bud.

          • Harry

            Based on the fact that Bud is an indisputed champ moving up.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Bud’s my guy, but who did he beat? Burns, Postol and Indongo are who he won the titles from, but they are not quite the same as Barrera and Kovalev.

          • Harry

            I don’t think Postol is worse than Kovalev and Barrera. Kovalev was a loser in amateur ranks and achieved certain success thanks to his managers and promoters. I believe, if GYM allowed Beterbiev to fight Kovalev back in 2015, Kovalev would have been dethroned back then.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            That’s revisionist history. I don’t like either, but time will tell. One thing is for sure and that’s that SOG earned the top spot. Hopefully he stays at 175 and fights all comers, but if not, I respect his decision to move up even though I think he’s a bit small. Bud will be thoroughly tested at 147 if his promoter allows him to fight outside of his weak stable.

          • Harry

            Both want to move up, so we’ll see who is more successful to rank them properly in the P4P list. I’d like to see Bud fighting Spence, though Errol can move up too. As for Andre he can definitely beat Bellew. As for Joshua, I don’t think the Brit will feel Andre’s punches and can walk through him. And no way Andre can wrestle with Anthony.

          • Harry

            Bud is also more impressive in his wins than SOG – that’s the main reason why I’d place him above SOG. Both fights with Kovalev left a sour taste: the first one because Andre was floored and the second one – because of low blows. Bud definitely has a better chin and more power in his weight classes.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            Bud hasn’t faced the same level of opposition as Dre. Do your homework bruh. SOG is already a 1st ballot HOF’er . Crawford’s best win is against Postol while Dre has already conquered two divisions. He he just beat the boogieman (twice) at 175 who had all the belts and was ranked on the p4p list, so there is no comparison at all.
            When Bud moves up to the welterweight division and beats a Brook, Khan, Garcia, Porter, Thurman, or Spence type dude, then we’ll know what’s up. He’s my guy, but he ain’t gonna ever reach his potential until he leaves Top Rank. Just ask Mikey, Oscar or Floyd. And just in case you need a cautionary tale about getting stuck fighting in house fighters and getting raped for your bread…….look no further than Pac.

          • Harry

            I’d say Thurman and Spence, these two are a real challenge. Brook and Khan are damaged goods.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            But they are the gatekeepers of the division. To get a fight with Spence or Thurman he needs to take on some of those dudes. Arum is gonna have him get that belt from Horn and fight in house guys for the next five years. Eventually he’ll try to get out of his contract at which point Arum will freeze him out like he does all of his guys.

          • The Parrfection

            I agree that SOG should be higher than Bud on P4P’s. Bud’s just a more entertaining fighter. And, record wise, when all things are equal (currently, they’re not), I tend to favor the fighter whose fights I enjoy watching.

    • left hook

      I think he needs to move up. He looks bigger than most of his opponents on fight.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        Naw bruh……. Kov is 6’0 with a 72 inch reach whereas dudes like Usyk is 6’3 with a 78 inch reach. He’d really struggle against that type of size.

        • left hook

          His former trainer said it’s a struggle for him to make the weight.

          • Fist_ti_cuffs

            If he moves up he’s gonna get killed.

          • left hook

            Lol

  • left hook

    Even his fans that praise his name on every article are mute now.

  • Floridastorm

    He should be fighting Superman for the belt. I think he would beat Adonis, probably KO him.