News: Rahman looking to KO Povetkin; Ustinov hoping for win over Pulev; Kovalev signs with Main Events
The tension is building. Saturday’s big fight night is just around the corner. Three title fights are scheduled and they all have one thing in common. The World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship between Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) and Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs), Kubrat Pulev´s (16-0, 8 KOs) European and IBF International Heavyweight Championship defence against Alexander Ustinov (27-0, 21 KOs) and the WBA Intercontinental Championship bout between Jack Culcay (12-0, 8 KOs) and Mark Thompson (24-1, 14 KOs) are all likely to end prematurely. It would be a surprise if all of them would last the distance.
Convinced of an early success is Hasim Rahman. Once again, the 39-year-old stated his intentions of knocking out current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin and taking his throne. “I’m happy that I got the chance for the title. I’m completely focused on myself and it doesn’t matter who is in front of me. I will knock Povetkin out.” But how quickly could he end the bout? “Between rounds one and twelve,“ said the challenger. Also in good spirits was Alexander Povetkin. “My preparation has been going really well. I have a lot of respect for Hasim Rahman and his experience,“ said the 33-year-old. His coach Kostya Tszyu added: “Since we started working together, Alexander has progressed about 40 percent.” Therefore, Team Povetkin has every reason to be optimistic.
The same principal applies for the defending European and IBF International Heavyweight Champion Kubrat Pulev. Lately, the prodigy of Coach Otto Ramin has been riding on a wave of success. “Ever since I won the European title, Bulgaria has been pretty much ecstatic. Whenever I walk along the streets, the people recognize me. That motivates me even more to defend my two titles come Saturday night,” said the 31-year-old, who is known as a joker if he is not inside the squared circle.
The fight for the WBA Intercontinental Championship between Jack Culcay and Mark Thompson also has the potential to end early. “I said before that I am not traveling all the way to Germany to lose. I will do what I have to do. If an opportunity presents itself, I will take it,” said the man from Heywood near Manchester via a pre-recorded video. But Culcay, who turned 27 today, does not want anyone to spoil his party in front of the home crowd. “His record is definitely the most dangerous one out of all of my opponents so far. But in Hamburg I will prove, that I’m the better man,” said the German light middleweight.
Sergey Kovalev signs multi-year deal with Main Events
TOTOWA, NJ – Up and coming light heavyweight superstar, Sergey Kovalev, 19-01, 17 KO’s, has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Main Events.The Kovalev camp and the Main Events team are ecstatic about the deal.
Egis Klimas, Kovalev’s manager explained, “We are finally in the right place. I knocked on many doors: Golden Boy, Top Rank, and more; However no one took it seriously that Sergey Kovalev will be the next big champion in his weight division. But Main Events has the same beliefs. They did take us seriously. We signed with them and we are very happy with our decision.”
Kovalev stated, “This is the most important decision I have made in my professional career. I feel I have made a very good choice by signing with Main Events.” He added, “I am ready for my next fight right now. I will fight anyone!”
Kovalev’s commanding ring performance last Friday on NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” against Lionell Thompson created a buzz in the boxing world. He wants to get back in the ring as soon as possible.The undefeated Russian-born boxer has only had two fights go the distance as a professional.
“When Sergey is in the ring, he is simply electrifying,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “He told us that he will fight absolutely anyone in the light heavyweight division, and after watching his performance on NBC Sports Network on Friday night, I have no doubt that he is ready. We look forward to seeing more fireworks from Kovalev, who will undoubtedly become a force in one of boxing’s hottest divisions.”