Promoter Kathy Duva has been a participant in the rodeo for long enough to know that it is the exception when Plan A goes from conception to birth seamlessly. So she wasn’t spooked when she learned her desired plan, for Sergey Kovalev to fight the last week of November in Russia versus Artur Beterbiev, wouldn’t reach fruition. Team Beterbiev didn’t want the challenge so Duva is re directing her efforts. TSS wondered where…
“The next fight will be in Russia for sure! I am already on my way to Moscow where I will meet with Sergey, Egis Klimas and lots of other people,” she told me. “We will make these decisions this week, hold a press conference to announce Sergey’s return to Russia and then fill in the details as we go along.”
Russia…wow. That ain’t Jersey…got to be a different deal negotiating different brands of bumps in a different culture. Has she promoted there before?
“I have been involved with one fight in Russia before–when Evander Hoyfield fought Ibragimov. But the champ’s people were the lead promoter. This will be our first time solo there, but we have great support. I am going to meet with all the people involved when I get there. We are looking at a few venues and a few different potential opponents.”
Travel and setup logistics sometimes keep HBO away from exotic locations. Will they show this Kovalev vs TBD bout? “HBO is TBA at this point. We’ll know much more after this week. ?Our target date is Nov. 28th. Again, we’ll know for sure after we gather all of the information about the various venues and HBO’s fall schedule. Still much work to be done!”