BERNARD HOPKINS VS. SERGEY KOVALEV CONFIRMED TO TAKE PLACE AT BOARDWALK HALL IN ATLANTIC CITY, NJ ON SATURDAY, NOV. 8 LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
Tickets Go On Sale Friday, Sept. 5!
Atlantic City, NJ (Aug. 22) – Since the August 4th official announcement of the Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev light heavyweight title unification fight, the boxing world has been waiting and wondering when and where the two will meet and put their respective titles on the line. The wait is over as Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events announced today that the fall’s most anticipated boxing event will take place Saturday, Nov. 8 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50, plus applicable fees and service charges, go on sale on Friday, Sept. 5 at noon ET and will be available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Both fighters have a history of big fights on the Jersey Shore as Hopkins has fought 19 times in Atlantic City, five of which took place at Boardwalk Hall. Kovalev fought his only two American title defenses in Atlantic City, both of which were knockouts. Most recently against Blake Caparello on August 2nd.
“Atlantic City is a second home to me,” said Hopkins. “Some of my most memorable victories and greatest accomplishments of my career have taken place there including my fights against Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik. I expect Philly to represent and come out to Boardwalk Hall to see me make history once again.”
"I am happy to be back in Atlantic City,” said Kovalev. “This is my third time fighting there, but this is the most special because this time I am facing the legendary Bernard Hopkins."
"November 8 is going to be a great night for boxing in Atlantic City, said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. “I would like to thank Caesars Atlantic City, Global-Spectrum, the Atlantic City Alliance, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA) for working together to bring this fight to the boardwalk, where east coast fans can get to see a historic fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev and show the world what a big fight night is all about."
"This fight is exactly where it belongs,” said Kathy Duva, Chief Executive Officer of Main Events. “Sergey Kovalev made his last two title defenses in Atlantic City and Bernard Hopkins fought much of his career there. Boardwalk Hall has a rich history in boxing and it holds a lot of great memories for Main Events, working in conjunction with Ken Condon and Caesars. I look forward to making some more memories on November 8th."
"We're thrilled to have one of the top boxing matches in the country here in Atlantic City,” said John Palmieri, Executive Director of CRDA. "We've been known for hosting great fight events for many years, and we welcome the fans, as usual, to experience all the action at both Boardwalk Hall and throughout the city."
"Bernard Hopkins is a world champion athlete who grew up and trained in the greater Philadelphia area, just a short ride from Atlantic City, so this fight is going to be a great draw for the destination," said Kevin Ortzman, President and General Manager for Caesars, Bally's and Showboat Atlantic City. "Some of the greatest boxing matches and sporting events have been hosted in Historic Boardwalk Hall - and this November, Atlantic City will once again be the backdrop to one of the most historic bouts in the sport - Caesars is proud to sponsor this event and look forward to an entertaining weekend this fall."
Tickets On Sale Now for Mchunu-Wilson 9/20 at Foxwoods
Mashantucket, CT: Tickets are on sale now for the NABF Cruiserweight Title fight between Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) and Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) September 20, 2014 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The fight will be broadcast as the main event on a special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT. Tickets are on sale now through Foxwoods.com and will go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $100, $75 and $40. Doors open at 12:00 PM.
Mchunu, 26, the southpaw from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is making his third appearance on Fight Night. In his last appearance he defeated Olanrewaju "God's Power" Durodola via unanimous decision in ten rounds at Resorts International Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ on January 24, 2014. In his Fight Night and US debut he upset "Fast" Eddie Chambers via another ten round unanimous decision victory at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on August 3, 2013.
Wilson, 32, is from the fighting city of Philadelphia, PA. He made his Fight Night debut on a special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night on November 16, 2013 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY against Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov. Wilson was a last minute replacement for Tomasz "Goral" Adamek who fell ill days before the fight. Wilson took the fight on less than 48 hours' notice and agreed to fight at heavyweight despite being a cruiserweight. He ultimately lost to Glazkov via a ten-round unanimous decision but he gained the respect of the boxing community for stepping up at the last minute and taking such a big fight on national broadcast television.
"The Rock" and "The Ultimate Warrior" were scheduled to face each other in January of this year but Wilson pulled out due to an injured Achilles tendon. Mchunu went on to defeat Durodola instead but fans are excited that the fight is finally scheduled to take place next month at Foxwoods. Kathy Duva, Main Events' CEO said, "This is our first time back at Foxwoods in over a decade. I'm happy that we could bring them such an important show that will be seen by millions on national broadcast television and I look forward to working together again in the future."
Glazkov Defeats Rossy at Sands;
Lepikhin and Parker Both Walk Away with Knockouts
Bethlehem, PA: The main event featured a brutal ten-round heavyweight battle between Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs*) from Lugansk, Ukraine against Derric "El León" Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) of Medford, NY. The first round started slow with both fighters trying to feel each other out. Both guys ended the second trading very good shots, keeping the fight close. Rossy took the third round with ease. The next four rounds were close, with both fighters trading big shots. Rossy looked tired at the start of the eighth but continued to hang in there with Glazkov.
Czar suffered a cut below his left eye at the end of the eighth. Glazkov dominated Rossy in the ninth, but Rossy managed to stay on his feet until the final bell. Glazkov managed to pull out a majority decision victory with one judge scoring the bout 95-95, and the other two scoring the bout 96-94 and 98-92 in favor of Glazkov. After the fight, Czar said, "My hand was bothering me. It wasn't broken, but it did not recover as well as I had hoped. It is not an excuse but it was still bothering me from my fight with Adamek."
This was Glazkov's first fight with his new trainer, John David Jackson. About the adjustment Czar said, "It takes some time to adjust to each other. I feel a difference to the better side but, of course, it takes some time to adjust. I am thinking in terms of the best."
Rossy said, "I am disappointed. It is hard to get the words together. I am trying to find out what they were looking at. There is no accountability. You are messing with peoples' lives. I take my hat off to Glazkov. I know I won that fight. When it is very askew you have to wonder, where is the accountability?"
In the middle bout of the evening, Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (24-2-1, 20 KOs) of Albany, New Zealand and Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) squared off for a scheduled 12 round fight for the PABA and WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight Titles. Lepikhin started off early with a lot of hard shots to the body. Berridge was trying to get inside, but Lepikhin used his longer reach to his advantage to keep Berridge at bay. Both fighters were trading big shots in the middle of the ring in the second round. Then Vasily knocked down Berridge with a perfectly timed punch by Lepikhin. The bell ended the round and saved Berridge.
In the third, Berridge came out swinging wildly. Lepikhin's lips started to bleed in the third. Berridge got Lepikhin against the ropes, landing some key shots. Lepikhin knocked down Berridge to start the fifth. Berridge got back up and "The Professor" knocked him to the canvas again. Finally, after another flurry of punches from Vasily in the corner, the referee stopped the fight at 1:04 of round five. "The Professor" remains undefeated. Both fighters threw nearly the same number of punches (Lepikhin 210 and Berridge 233), but Lepikhin connected for twice as many total punches (78, 37%) as his opponent (39, 17%). Berridge could not connect with his jab, landing only 2 of 98 (2%), whereas "The Professor" landed 20 of 99 (20%). After the fight "The Professor" said, "I am very happy for winning my debut fight here in the United States. I fought a tough opponent and I am looking for my next big fight in the United States."
The NBCSN Fight Night telecast started with undefeated heavyweight sensation Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) of Auckland, New Zealand against Keith "Untouchable" Thompson (7-3, 4 KOs) of Birmingham, AL in six rounds of action. Parker dominated early but Thompson was able to hold his own against the taller Parker in the beginning. Then Parker knocked Thompson down in the third. After Thompson got back on his feet, Parker continued his attack and Thomspon hit the ground again. That is when the referee called the fight at 2:41 in the third.
After the fight Parker said, "I felt a little bit flat but I am happy for the victory. I am happy to fight here in the states. He looked liked he was tired and I was ready was to go. I would like to be fighting a top ten fighter by the end of the year." Parker out-boxed Thompson, connecting for 57 of 176 total punches (32%), whereas Thompson only connected for 14 of 66 total punches (21%). Parker connected for more than four times as many power punches, 37 of 74 (50%) as Thompson 8 of 33 (24%).
Featherweights Frankie Garriga (0-2-2) of Bronx, NY and Luis Acevedo (1-0-1) met for four rounds for the final undercard bout before the live NBCSN Fight Night telecast began. Acevedo defeated Garriga via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36 & 39-37).
In an all-local clash of light welterweights Ismael Serrano (2-1) of Bethlehem, PA and Jonathan Williams (0-3) of Allentown, PA met for four rounds. Serrano won via split decision with the judges scoring the fight 39-37, 40-36 and 37-39. Afterwards, Serrano said, "I thought it was a draw. It was good fight. We knew each other very well. We sparred together many times. He was just trying to out-box me."
Heavyweights Tyrell Wright (6-0, 4 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ and Randy Easton (2-3-1, 2 KOs) of Sansbury, PA collided for four rounds. Wright defeated Easton via UD with all three judges scoring the bout 40-36. Wright remains undefeated.
The first fight of the evening was a light heavyweight rematch between Lamont "Too Smooth" Capers (4-5) of Brooklyn, NY and Khalib "Bigfoot" Whitmore (6-0, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. Both men made their pro debuts against each other June 15, 2013. The first time around Whitmore defeated Capers via unanimous decision in four rounds. This time Bigfoot knocked down Capers in the second and finished the job with a TKO in the fourth. Whitmore said, "I want to thank Main Events, my trainer Naazim Richardson, and NBCSN. I felt good. There were a couple of things I wanted to work on but didn't get a chance to. There was a lot of holding."
*All records have been updated to reflect tonight's results.
The Rock vs. The Ultimate Warrior Fight Slated as Main Event for Special NBC Broadcast Edition of Fight Night Live from Foxwoods Sep. 20
Mashantucket, CT: Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs), the South African cruiserweight who burst onto the scene last August with an upset over "Fast" Eddie Chambers at Mohegan Sun returns to Connecticut to defend his NABF Cruiserweight Title against Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson as the main event on a special broadcast NBC afternoon edition of Fight Night on Sep. 20 live from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Mchunu, 26, is a southpaw from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and had fought exclusively on his home soil before making his Fight Night debut on August 3, 2013 against "Fast" Eddie Chambers. Thabiso stunned audiences when he defeated Chambers via unanimous decision in ten rounds. He made his second appearance on Fight Night on Jan. 24, 2014 with another unanimous decision victory, this time defeating Olanrewaju "God's Power" Durodola, also in ten rounds and capturing the then-vacant NABF Cruiserweight Title. This will be his first title defense.
The always-confident Mchunu said this about his upcoming fight with Wilson, "I'm gonna take Garrett Wilson where he's never been before." His trainer, Sean Smith added, "I don't underestimate anyone, especially Garrett Wilson. But he hasn't fought anybody like Thabiso. It's gonna get very uncomfortable in there for him real quick. Thabiso is gonna leave with a lot more fans." Mchunu is co-promoted by Showpony Promotions and Damian Michael of Showpony said, "It's time for Mchunu to deliver - Garrett Wilson is a warrior and we take no one for granted. Thabiso would beat (Marco) Huck, (Ola) Afolabi and (Yoan Pablo) Hernandez on the same night."
Philadelphia native, Garrett Wilson, 32, made his Fight Night debut on November 16, 2013 with a ten-round unanimous decision loss to Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov. Glazkov had been scheduled to face fellow heavyweight Tomasz "Goral" Adamek on Nov. 16, when Adamek fell ill just days before the fight. Wilson stepped in with only a few days' notice and agreed to fight at a higher weight class. Despite the loss, Wilson still managed to earn the respect of the boxing community for stepping up at the last minute and taking a fight at a higher weight class against the dangerous, and undefeated, Glazkov.
Wilson said, "I have a lot of respect for Thabiso Mchunu. He is a Grade A boxer. A victory against him will mean a lot for my career. He has a lot to lose and I have a lot to gain. I will prove that 'The Ultimate Warrior' is a boxer as well as a puncher." Wilson's manager and trainer Rodney Rice added, "I have a lot of respect for Mchunu but I think Garrett is going to be too much for him. There is nothing out there for Mchunu to study to prepare for what he is going to go through on the 20th."
"What an opportunity for Garrett Wilson to fight for a second time on NBC in front of millions of television viewers nationwide," said Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva. "Our policy on Fight Night has always been that we want to reward fighters who give their all to entertain our fans, win or lose. Garrett has done that. Thabiso Mchunu is a fantastic cruiserweight prospect who I believe is headed toward a world title. This is his chance to introduce himself to American boxing fans."
Main Events Inks Another Russian Powerhouse, Welterweight Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko
Totowa, NJ: Main Events has signed yet another Russian powerhouse to its already impressive stable with the signing of Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KO's). The 28 year old Mikhaylenko, is from Gelendzhik, Russia. He made his U.S. debut this past Saturday night on the undercard of the Kovalev-Caparello show at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ defeating Sechew Powell via an eight round unanimous decision at junior middleweight. He said, "First of all I would like to thank Main Events for giving me this opportunity and trusting in me. I am very happy of signing promotional agreement to Main Events and I know they can help me to go the right way as they did for many fighters. I am very motivated and ready 100% to prove and to show what I am capable of in the ring. To come and fight in America was always my dream."
Mikhaylenko is managed by Egis Klimas, who also manages WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko, IBF North American Heavyweight Champion Czar Glazkov and many more. Klimas said, "Dmitry is an action fighter and very interesting to watch, you never get bored when he is in the ring. He throws a lot of punches and always busy. I can see him becoming a Champion in 147LB. division and I am proud to be his manager and help him to lead in right direction."
Dmitry is co-promoted by Titov Promotions. When German Titov was asked about the signing he said, "I am very happy and excited to work with such a good promotional company Main Events on co-promoting Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko. Dmitry is a world class fighter and he is fun to watch in the ring. I think together we will walk him into a champion bout within a short period of time."
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva is excited to add yet another hot prospect to her already remarkable stable. She said, "Dmitry is a non-stop action fighter and we are so pleased to have him on board with us. He joins our already impressive team of top-notch fighters and should fit right in."
BOXING LEGEND BERNARD HOPKINS TO MEET UNDEFEATED SERGEY KOVALEV IN LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT UNIFICATION BOUT LIVE ON HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
IBF, WBA and WBO Championships all on the line as The Alien vs. Krusher comes to the East Coast in November
(August 4, 2014) -- Speed, savvy and defense will come face-to-face with explosive power and force this November when Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins takes on Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in a Light Heavyweight Unification title fight, Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events announced today.
Hopkins, incredibly just two months short of his 50th birthday, is seeking to add the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship to his collection of IBF and WBA belts. Kovalev, who burst on the scene just a year ago, has never lost a fight and has won 23 of his 25 victories by knockout.
"Everything I do at this point in my career affects my legacy," Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) said. "I've set and broken many records, but becoming the oldest undisputed light heavyweight world champion is the goal and Kovalev stands in the way of that goal. He's another young, hungry fighter and just like the ones that came before him, he will leave the ring beltless."
"I respect Bernard Hopkins for taking this fight," said the 31-year-old Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs). "When I came to America, it was dream to fight the best and now I am fighting, I have my chance. He says he is alien. He punch, I punch, then we see who is gonna go to Mars."
In April, Hopkins defeated Beibut Shumenov to win the WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship, breaking his own record as the oldest fighter in history to win a world title, which he set in May of 2011 after defeating Jean Pascal at age 46. Kovalev comes off of the third defense of his WBO Light Heavyweight Title on HBO, defeating Blake Caparello by TKO on Saturday night. Hopkins vs. Kovalev is set to take place in the first half of November and will be held on the East Coast at a venue still to be determined.
"Golden Boy Promotions has been crystal clear that we will make the best fights for our fans no matter who else is promoting it, where it takes place or what network broadcasts it; this is Exhibit 'A' of our keeping that commitment," said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "At 49 years of age, Bernard continues to electrify crowds with lightening quickness and impregnable defense; Sergey hits with thunderous force and is an early-round knockout threat every time he steps in the ring. With those two forces coming together, fans are in for a real treat."
"Throughout boxing's history, great champions have always been motivated by fighting the best," said Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva. "Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya are both living legends who never back down from a challenge. Sergey Kovalev made it clear that all he wants to do is test his skills against the finest in the world. Main Events has always been able to deliver the biggest fights for its fighters and their fans. Since George Foreman defeated Joe Frazier in 1973, HBO has been synonymous with boxing at its highest level. It shouldn't be any surprise that when you combine those elements, you get the most anticipated fight of the year."
"Sports capture our imagination when elite athletes seek superlative challenges of the highest stakes, which is precisely the caliber of fight these two intrepid champions have given their fans by choosing to face-off against one another," Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports said. "Hopkins vs. Kovalev is a destination event, and HBO is delighted to present this light heavyweight unification championship to our subscribers."
Kovalev Krushes Caparello in Second Round at Revel to Retain His WBO Light Heavyweight Title
Atlantic City, NJ: In the much-anticipated WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship bout, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO's*) takes down undefeated Australian challenger Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KO's) in the second round in the third defense of his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. Kovalev was under a microscope these last few days with the possibility of a unification bout with Bernard "Alien" Hopkins looming. Krusher did not let the pressure get to him, he focused only on the opponent in the ring with him tonight.
Kovalev and Caparello were feeling each other out in the first round. Caparello knocked Sergey off balance in the first and his glove touched the canvas, but Krusher got back up quickly. Blake went down in the second from a crushing body blow but beat the count. He taunted Kovalev to come back at him which Krusher did in relentless fashion. After two more knockdowns, referee Sparkle Lee called it off at 1:47 of round two.
In the final bout before the live telecast on HBO Boxing After Dark, junior middleweight Dmitry Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KO's) remained undefeated by unanimous decision in eight rounds against Sechew Powell (26-6, 15 KO's). In the third round, Mikhaylenko had Powell up against the ropes. Dmitry came back out swinging in the fourth and kept Powell in the corner for most of the round. Mikhaylenko came out strong in the sixth but Powell managed to hold his own against the Russian. Dmitry tried hard to finish off Powell in the eighth and final round. Powell did not land many punches towards the end of the fight but the Brooklyn native managed to go the distance against Mikhaylenko's continuous attack. The judges scored the bout 78-74, 79-73, 80-72 all in favor of Mikhaylenko.
Light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KO's) stopped Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-7-1, 13 KO's) in the seventh round. Early in the fight both fighters appeared evenly matched. Cummings is much shorter than Chilemba but the height difference did not appear to both Black Ice. Cummings connected a hard right to Chilemba's chin in the fifth. Isaac came out with a vengeance in the sixth. Cummings' left eye was starting to swell closed in the later rounds. Finally, referee, Eric Dali, stopped the fight at 2:28 in the seventh round to give Chilemba the victory via TKO.
Isaac said after the fight, "I feel good. It was a good fight. He was well prepared for the fight. He came out strong and took some of my best shots until he just couldn't take anymore. I want a title shot next. I am hoping Jean Pascal is the next one; I am hoping to get a chance at him or chance at Kovalev next." His manager, Jodi Solomon added, "I am really proud of Isaac. The work he put in has really paid off and we just need to keep pushing harder. If he keeps pushing I think he is capable of anything."
Fan favorite undefeated heavyweight Adam "Baby Face" Kownacki (7-0, 7 KO's) kept his perfect 100% knockout-to-win ration alive knocking out Wichita, KS native Charles Ellis (9-2-1, 8 KO's) at 0:15 of the fifth round. Kownacki entered Ovation Hall to a rowdy crowd cheering him on. The Polish native (now residing in Brooklyn, NY) came out swinging trying to keep his perfect record in tact. Ellis was able to make contact with a couple of hard shots in the early rounds but eventually succumbed to Kownacki in the fifth. This was the longest fight of Kownacki's professional career so far. Previously Kownacki's longest fight was his fourth round knockout of Yohan Banks on May 22, 2010.
Light Middleweights DeCarlo Perez (12-3-1, 4 KO's) of Atlantic City, NJ and Marcus Willis (13-4-2, 3 KO's) of Ft. Myers, FL faced off for six rounds in the first fight of the evening to go the distance. The fight was close the whole way but Perez managed to squeak out the majority decision victory with the judges scoring the bout 57-57, 59-55, 59-55.
In a heavyweight fight for Philadelphia bragging rights Joey Dawejko (11-3-2, 4 KO's) took down David Williams (7-9-2, 2 KO's) in the first round at 1:48. Dawejko came out of the gates swinging and knocked
down Williams three times before the referee finally called the fight.
In the first fight of the evening a Philly vs. Jersey middleweight match-up, Hakim "Braveheart" Bryant (2-0, 1 KO) of Middletown, NJ remained undefeated by knocking out Anthony Watson (0-2) of Philadelphia, PA at 0:38 in the fourth and final round of the contest.
*All records have been updated to reflect tonight's results.