The former WBA, IBF and WBO light-Hw champion Sergey Kovalev entered this fight with a professional boxing record of 30-2-1 (26 KOs=87%) and he is ranked as the No.2 light heavyweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Adonis Stevenson) but he comes off two consecutive losses, both with Andre Ward (Kovalev vs Ward I and Ward vs Kovalev II). Before losing to Ward, “Krusher” Kovalev fought twice in 2016 beating Jean Pascal (=Kovalev vs Pascal 2) and Isaac Chilemba (=Kovalev vs Chilemba).
His opponent, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, has an official record of 19-1-0 (16 KOs=84%) and he entered as the No.17 in the same weight class. He lost to Sullivan Barrera in 2016 (=Shabranskyy vs Barrera) but then he has won over Larry Pryor and Todd Unthank May. Kovalev vs Shabranskyy is valid for the vacant IBA and WBO World light heavyweight titles. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, USA
Division: light heavyweight (175 lbs, 79.4 kg)
Title: vacant IBA and WBO World Light Heavyweight titles
Kovalev’s previous fight: Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev 2
Kovalev’s next fight: Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin
Kovalev vs Shabranskyy full fight video:
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