WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) is totally 100% focused on his fight against Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) on August 2nd at the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Kovalev doesn’t care about some of the comments made recently by IBF/WBA 175 pound champion Bernard Hopkins about him wanting to fight him or possibly Adonis Stevenson next, depending on which fighter’s promoter steps up to the plate to put a contract together for him to sign.
“I just get in to box and to win. We are both stepping in the ring to do our job,” Kovalev said via Fightnews.com. “Blake has an advantage because he is coming to get the title. He is hungry and has nothing to lose. It is my job to keep the title. More pressure on me to defend the title. I don’t know Bernard Hopkins, all I know is my next opponent and his name is Blake Caparello.”
Kovalev is taking the right approach, of course, because if he can’t get past Caparello next month in their fight on August 2nd, then there’s no point in talking about a unification match against the 49-year-old Hopkins. The main thing that Kovalev has to do is make sure he gets past the 27-year-old Caparello and then he can start talking about a potential bout against Hopkins.
As it is, Kovalev is skeptical whether Hopkins really wants to fight him, as he’s already said that the fight likely won’t ever happen unless Kovalev is ready to come over to his side of the street by agreeing to fight on Showtime where Hopkins fights.
Kovalev is reportedly under contract to have his fights televised on HBO, so the only way a Kovalev-Hopkins fight takes place is if Kovalev is given permission by HBO to fight Hopkins in a non-HBO fight, which is highly unlikely to happen. Other than that, Kovalev will need to wait until his contract with HBO runs out before he can fight Hopkins. Again, that’s not likely to happen either because the contract won’t be running out anytime soon, and Hopkins is clearly near the end of his career at age 49.