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Main Events and German Titov Promotions Join Forces Again to
Promote Another Hot Russian Prospect:
Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin
Totowa, NJ: Main Events has added yet another hot light heavyweight prospect, Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (17-0, 9 KOs), to their already impressive light heavyweight stable which includes: current WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, undefeated Cuban sensation Sullivan Barrera, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, IBF mandatory contender Nadjib “Ironjib” Mohammedi, and Lionel “Lonnie B” Thompson.
The 29-year old phenom from Gelendzhik, Russia, is the current WBO Oriental and PABA Light Heavyweight Champion. Lepikhin earned both titles on Aug. 9 when he stopped Robert “The Butcher” Berridge, of New Zealand, in the fifth round during his US television debut. This past Saturday, Vasily defeated Brazilian Jackson “Demolidor” Junior via a ten-round unanimous decision.
Vasily is managed by Egis Klimas and trained by his father, Andrey Lepikhin, who also trains fellow Klimas/Main Events’ stable mate Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko. Lepikhin and Mikhaylenko trained together for their last two fights, both of which took place at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Additionally, Vasily sparred with current unified light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev while “The Krusher” prepared for his title defense against Blake Caparello in August of this year. German Titov Promotions is co-promoting Lepikhin as well as Mikhaylenko.
“The Professor” earned his nickname because he attended university in his native Russia for five years where he earned two separate higher education degrees, one in management, the other in sports training. He attended university during the day while continuing to train as a boxer at night. Vasily explained he kept this grueling schedule for mental discipline and agility, “I did this for self-development. In boxing, thinking, your mind is most important. You have to think. I had a schedule. In the morning I went to school. At lunch I had a nap. In the evening I went to the gym for boxing. Usually I woke up at 8:00 in the morning and I went to sleep at 11:00 at night.”
When asked about the co-promotion with Main Events, Lepikhin said, “I am grateful to Main Events for this opportunity. My goal is to become a good fighter. I am fighting for myself to develop my abilities, to develop my techniques to become a good fighter is my first and main goal.”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “Egis asked us to take a look at Lepikhin, so we put him on our card in August. Of course when Egis asks me to look at a fighter, I do it. Once again, he found an excellent light heavyweight prospect, who I believe will shortly be on the list of the world’s elite light heavyweights. We’re also developing a great relationship with our co-promoter, German Titov.”
Main Events Inks Promotional Deal with Mandatory
IBF Light Heavyweight Contender
Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi
Totowa, NJ: Main Events continues to add to an already impressive light heavyweight stable with the signing of Nadjib Mohammedi, the 29-year old from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France who earned the #1 position in the IBF earlier this year with his seventh round knockout of Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko in his US debut. Mohammedi was announced as the mandatory challenger for IBF belt in July, but then-IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins instead elected to fight a title unification bout against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, which took place last weekend. Kovalev defeated Hopkins in a wide decision to become the IBF, WBO and WBA Unified Light Heavyweight Champion.
While waiting for his chance at the IBF belt, Mohammedi knocked out Demetrius Walker at 2:16 in the first round on Saturday as part of the Hopkins-Kovalev undercard. With Kovalev’s unanimous decision defeat of Hopkins, Kovalev inherited Mohammedi as his mandatory challenger for the IBF belt.
“Signing with Main Events was one of my dreams come true,” explained Mohammedi. “I finally have the opportunity to show the world that Nadjib Mohammedi is the best light heavyweight in boxing today. I was unknown before, but now with Kathy and her staff's work everyone will know my name.” He added, “It is an honor to now be part of an organization that has the top fighters in my division and now everyone will now know the name Nadjib ‘Irondjib’ Mohammedi. The only trajectory is the victory!”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “When Sergey Kovalev won the WBO Light Heavyweight Title from Nathan Cleverly in August of 2013, we began investing heavily in the light heavyweight division. Nadjib is a very welcome addition to our roster and there are big things for him right around the corner in 2015.”
Krusher Settles into Two New Roles:
Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion and New Father
Los Angeles, CA: Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) returned home late Monday evening to his family after he added the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship belts to his collection, which already included the WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship belt, when he held his newborn son, Aleksandr Kovalev, for the first time.
Because the Baby Krusher was born on October 20 in Los Angeles after Sergey had already left California for training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 12, this was the first time father and son got to meet face-to-face. Sergey was able to Skype with his wife, Natalia, and the baby just after she gave birth but Krusher could not take time away from training camp with John David Jackson to fly back to Los Angeles. Doctors had told the Kovalevs that the baby was due on October 18 so they were hoping Natalia would give birth before Sergey left Big Bear Lake to go to Florida; unfortunately, the baby arrived two days late.
When he was finally able to hold his son in his arms he said, “I was waiting for this moment for such a long time. The first night I met my son was sleepless but I didn’t think about that because I am just finally enjoying time with my family. My newborn son is healthy and that is most important thing to me. I am with my family now for the very first time.”
These last several weeks have been action-packed for the 31-year old champ from Chelyabinsk, Russia. In addition to his three title unification and the birth of his first child, he was also named the WBO Fighter of the Year. Sergey explained, “I didn’t know at the beginning of the year that I would get three belts by the end of the year. I would have been happy with the two and I am so happy I got three belts.”
After his win on Saturday night Kovalev said, “I was too excited to sleep.” He left the press conference a little after 2:00 AM ET to call his wife and son as the newly crowned unified champ. He spent all day Sunday wandering alone on the boardwalk just basking in his win.
Monday morning, however, before catching a late flight back home to his family, he travelled to Connecticut to visit his dear friend Magomed Abdusalamov. Mago suffered grave neurological injuries following his fight with Mike Perez earlier this year. After his last title defense against Blake Caparello in August, Sergey auctioned off memorabilia from the fight on eBay and donated the proceeds to help the Abdusalamov family with his medical bills.
His manager, Egis Klimas, travelled back with Sergey to Los Angeles and said, “Now Sergey is the happiest person on earth. Finally he met his son, finally he has three belts but he is not done yet. He is looking forward for more sons and more belts.”
Sergey’s wife, Natalia, has been patiently waiting for her husband to return home to her and her son. “I was waiting for my husband to come home whether with victory or no victory but of course knowing him he brought his newborn son a victory,” explained Natalia. “Now we work together to raise our son and we are very, very happy.”