Atlantic City, NJ: Before live audiences at Revel Casino Hotel witness the much-anticipated WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship match-up between the undefeated Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and the undefeated Australian challenger Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs), they will be treated to a stacked undercard highlighted by the light heavyweight showdown between Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) and Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs).
The Chilemba-Cummings fight is an interesting light heavyweight bout. Chilemba, 27, from South Africa, is coming off a brutal ten-round unanimous decision victory over Denis Grachev on March 15th. Cummings is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. In his last fight he knocked down his opponent, Azea Augustama, in the first round but was narrowly defeated with all three judges scoring the eight-round bout 76-75. Cummings and Chilemba are slated to face each other for ten rounds of light
Another undefeated Russian, Dmitry Mikhaylenko (16-0, 6 KOs) will be featured on the Kovalev-Caparello undercard in a junior middleweight match-up. Mikhaylenko, 28, is from Gelendzhik, Russia and will make his US debut. Prior to this fight, Mikhaylenko fought exclusively in Russia. He will take on Brooklyn native, Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (26-5, 15 KOs), for eight rounds. In Mikhaylenko’s last fight he defeated Karen Avetisyan via unanimous decision in ten rounds on Feb. 15, 2014. Sechew, a Southpaw, is a 35 year old looking to snap a three fight losing streak and prove he still belongs in the division.
Fan-favorite Adam Kownacki (6-0, 6 KOs), 25, originally from Lomza, Poland and now residing in Brooklyn, NY, returns to Atlantic City for the second time to face Charles Ellis (9-1-1, 8 KOs) of Wichita, KS for six rounds of heavyweight action. In his last fight, the undefeated Kownacki stopped Excell Holmes in the second round on the undercard of the Kovalev-Agnew fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on March 29th. Ellis is currently riding a three-fight winning streak (all KOs) dating back to Nov. 9, 2013. Both fighters have astounding knockout-to-win ratios, Kownacki 100% and Ellis 89%, so fight should feature non-stop action from bell-to-bell.
Local prospect, DeCarlo Perez (11-3-1, 4 KOs), 23, of Atlantic City, NJ, is slated to take on Marcus Willis (13-3-2, 3 KOs) for six rounds at light middleweight. In his last fight at Resorts in Atlantic City on January 24, 2014, Perez narrowly lost a split decision (75-77, 77-75, 74-78) to Wilky Campfort. Willis, 27, of Fort Myers, FL, lost his last fight, on June 28, 2013, via unanimous decision in ten rounds in Jacksonville, FL.
In an all-Philly match-up, heavyweights Joey Dawejko (10-3-2, 3 KOs), 24, and David Williams (7-8-2, 2 KOs), 37, face off for eight rounds. Dawejko has won his last two fights. Williams lost a close majority decision in his last fight to Daniel Pasciolla (38-38, 37-39, 37-39) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ on April 12,
Finally, the event will open with four rounds of middleweight action in a Jersey vs. Philly match-up between Hakim Bryant (1-0) of Middletown, NJ and Anthony Watson (0-1) of Philadelphia, PA. Bryant made his professional debut at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 21st. He defeated Alshamar Johnson with a four round unanimous decision. Watson made his professional debut on June 14, 2013 getting stopped by Arturo Trujillo in the first round at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
Main Events’ matchmaker Jolene Mizzone said about this card, “Every single fight on the undercard has someone from the northeast. It is rare to see a card with so much local talent looking to break into the sport and make a name for themselves. This is a true tri-state area card and should be a real crowd-pleaser because from top to bottom every single fight is a 50-50.”
About Kovalev vs. Caparello:
The WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) is on Saturday, August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic, City, NJ. The fight will be telecast as part of a split-site triple-header on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. The event is presented by Main Events in association with DiBella Entertainment. The undercard is subject to change. Tickets prices are $55, $80, $160 and $250. They are available at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the HBO Boxing After Dark special triple header split site telecast begins at 9:45 PM.