Ekaterinburg, Russia: Yahoo Sports today released an exclusive short form documentary titled “Life after Death” and accompanying feature story chronicling the tragic turning point in the career of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, the unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion and one of the top three pound for pound fighters in the world. On December 5, 2011 at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia, a then-unknown Kovalev, fighting close to his hometown Chelyabinsk, defeated Roman Simakov by technical knockout in the seventh round. Simakov fell into a coma shortly after the bout and succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
For the first (and likely last) time ever, Kovalev addresses that night, its aftermath and its impact on his career in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix. The documentary and feature also include interviews with Kovalev’s wife, Natalia, his manager, Egis Klimas and his former trainer, Abel Sanchez.
On Monday night, Kovalev will fight in Russia for the first time since that fateful night and for the first time as a world champion. He will return to the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Titles against top ten light heavyweight Isaac Chilemba of Malawi and South Africa.
Below is a link to this powerful feature:
The July 11 bout between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia as part of the opening night ceremonies for the International Industry Trade Fair “INNOPROM-2016.” The event is sponsored by Russian Copper Company and Igor Altushkin and presented by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with German Titov Promotions, will be televised in the United States at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape-delayed) exclusively on HBO.