Mike Tyson Says His Guy Can Fight Kovalev





Mike Tyson: “Kovalev and Stevenson Should Stop Avoiding My Fighter”

Miami, FL (July 3, 2014) Next Thursday night, July 10, top rated light heavyweight contender HUMBERTO SAVIGNE will battle former world champion JEFF “Left Hook” LACY from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and LIVE on FOX Sports 1.

Presented by Iron Mike Productions, the Savigne/Lacy scheduled ten rounder at “JUDGMENT DAY” for the World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Latino Light Heavyweight Title is the co-featured attraction to the highly anticipated IBF Super Featherweight Title Rematch between ARGENIS “La Tormenta” MENDEZand RANCES “Kid Blast” BARTHELEMY.

Savigne is currently ranked # 3 by the WBC.

Boxing legend MIKE TYSON is adamant that Savigne is the future undisputed king of the light heavyweight division.

“Savigne can beat both Sergev Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson, he’s got as much power as they do but he’s also a very skilled and intelligent fighter. Boxing fans deserve the chance to see those two fight against someone who has a chance to beat them.”

Sporting a record of 12-1-0 with 9 knockouts, Savigne is on a ten bout-winning streak, having turned professional in 2009 following an illustrious amateur career for the Cuban National Team. Now based in Miami, Florida, the Tyson led charge is looking to repeat the recent success of fellow amateur standouts.

Continued Tyson, “ In just the last couple of weeks, two brilliant amateur stars have fought for world titles, Vasyl Lomachenko schooled the game but overmatched Gary Russell Jr. while Yuriorkis Gamboa stepped up in weight and was knocked out by the former United States National Amateur Champion, WBO champ Terence Crawford.”

“Savigne’s stellar amateur career was just as dominant as Lomachenko’s and Gamboa’s as well as Erislandy Lara’s and Guillermo Rigondeaux’s. His rise has been slower as he struggled for eight years to come to the United States and start a professional career. But now is clearly his time. The question is when will he get his shot at the current light heavyweight world champions who seem to prefer hand picked matchups based upon the criteria that the opponents don’t have knockout power.”

With 450 amateur fights, and recent wins over former world champion Richard Hall and undefeated contender Jackson Junior, Savigne hopes that a win over former world champion Lacy will seal the deal with the major networks and show them that he is ready to battle either Kovalev or Stevenson.

Lacy, 26-4-0 (18KO’s) has been chomping at the bit to get an opportunity to fight a top light heavyweight and is ready to try to return to the top of the rankings, fighting injury free for the first time since his loss to the long running world champion Joe Calzaghe.

“Savigne vs. Lacy promises action from the opening bell and with the card we’ve put together, boxing fans in Miami will see a card that will be talked about for years”, said Tyson.

Opening the FOX Sports 1 telecast will be the nationally televised debut of heralded and undefeated 18-year-old welterweight prospect ERICKSON “The Hammer” LUBIN clashing with Mexican veteran NOE “Platanito” BOLANOS in a scheduled eight round bout.

A sensational off-TV undercard for “JUDGMENT DAY”will be announced shortly.



-oubobcat :

This might not be a bad strategy for Tyson to try to get Savigne moved into a big fight with Kovalev. That might sound crazy but look at the current circumstances of Savigne's career and the current state of the Light Heavyweight division. Savigne can fight. He is an accomplished amateur coming from the Cuban amateur program. He has skills and a very good right hand. Savigne's problem is that he is 35. He can't wait around very long. If he is going to make it as a pro, he has to take his shot when it becomes available. His people, including Mike Tyson, seem to understand that fact. Now lets look at the Light Heavyweight division and Sergey Kovalev in particular. He doesn't have many available opponents as evidenced by the fact he is facing the one fighter that called him out next in Blake Caparello. Caparello is a slick southpaw who does not have a very crowd pleasing style and the only two recognizable names on his resume are well faded fighters Allan Green and Elvir Muriqi. There aren't many opponents out there at the moment for Kovalev. This may be Savigne's opportunity to get a big fight. Its not like he's a 23 year old prospect who needs development and has time. He is probably as developed as he is going to be and does not have time on his side. He can't be picky and choosy. He has to go for the best and do so sooner later than later. He needs to take his shot at making something happen. So not a bad strategy at all by Tyson calling out Kovalev before Savigne fights on a nationally televised card.

-The Commish :

Normally, I would consider this "promoter talk," stuff promoters say to drum up interest in their cards and in their fighters. But Tyson knows what he is looking at in Savigne. Yes, Savigne is 35, but he fights like a guy much younger. Let's see how he does against another veteran, "Left Hook" Lacy, this week. Jeff Lacy. There's another elder statesman who is looking for a title shot (see Shannon Briggs). Guess we'll know soon enough where Savigne is heading. -Randy G.

-deepwater2 :

Mike's guy is very good. Jeff Lacy was supposed to fight the other Cuban, Sullivan Barerra but pulled out of that fight for this fight. If he knocks out Lacy in impressive style he will get noticed. The light heavyweight division has some up and comers and even though it looks weak it will heat up again. Sullivan Barrera is trying real hard to get a fight against Chad Dawson( who he beat in the amateurs )