Sergey Kovalev v Vyacheslav Shabranskyy
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WBO Light Heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev will headline an Atlantic City card on Aug. 4 as he will defend his title against Eleider Alvarez.

Saturday, Aug. 4 will be an exciting night in boxing as two light heavyweight champions will defend their titles against two hungry challengers.

In the main event, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated challenger Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs). In the co-feature, WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KOs).

This will be the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Alvarez and Chilemba are no slouches, but Kovalev and Bivol are huge favorites to retain their titles and set up a possible showdown between the two champions either later this year or in 2019.


The 35-year-old Kovalev has rebounded well following his two losses to Andre Ward in November of 2016 and June of 2017 with knockout victories over Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and Igor Mikhalkin. Now he’s seeking this third knockout victory in a row, and to show again why he’s one of the best fighters in the sport and stop the undefeated Alvarez.

The 27-year-old Bivol who was born in Russia is one of the fastest rising stars in boxing. In his last fight in March, he became the first man to knockout Sullivan Barrera.

Now he looks to continue his rise to the top of the sport.

A unification between Kovalev and Bivol would be one of the biggest and most entertaining fights in boxing. But that fight won’t materialize unless the two take care of business on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Tickets range between $50 and $200 and are on sale now through HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com and Ticketmaster.com.

The event is promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel and World of Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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