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"NHL playoffs are like the fight scenes
from Braveheart. Full blown goons. Wish I could have skated. Can you play
hockey without a stick and wear straight up boxing gloves?" ... Aladdin
SERGEY KOVALEV vs.
SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM JUNE 14
virtual unknown less than 12 months ago, hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev
is one fight away from challenging for the world light-heavyweight
Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, takes
on Cornelius White, of Houston, TX, in a scheduled 12-round
elimination fight on Friday evening, June 14, at the Sands Casino
Resort Bethlehem. The winner becomes the No. 1 challenger for the
IBF crown, currently held by Bernard Hopkins, of Philadelphia, PA.
The Kovalev-White contest is part of a
triple header to be televised live as part of the NBC Sports Network
Fight Night series. Other televised matches, set for 10 rounds,
feature heavyweight Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, vs. Andrey
Fedosov, of Shuya, Russia, and welterweight Ronald Cruz, of
Bethlehem, vs. Ray Narh, of Brooklyn, NY.
Now living in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the
30-year-old Kovalev has been tearing through the 175-pound division
in the last year. His 20-0-1 record includes 18 knockouts, including
a three-round destruction of former world-title challenger Gabriel
Campillo, of Spain, on Jan. 19 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in
Uncasville, CT. That fight also was aired over the NBC Sports
A pro since 2009, Kovalev will
be making his third appearance at the Sands, where he previously
knocked out Darnell Boone, of Youngstown, OH, and Lionel Thompson,
of Buffalo, NY. The only non-win on Kovalev's record came when
Grover Young, of Memphis, TN, was unable to continue due to an
accidental foul in the second round of their 2011 fight at the
Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA.
White, 31, is 21-1, 16 K0s, having lost only to
Donovan George, of Chicago, IL, when he (White) boxed as a super
middleweight for the only time in the last four years. Fifteen of
White's 16 knockouts have come in the first three rounds.
In his last
fight March 9 in Costa Mesa, CA, White earned an eight-round
decision over Otis Griffin, of Sacramento, CA. Prior to that,
on July 14, 2012, at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV, White
won the IBF International Light-Heavyweight Title by scoring a
12-round decision over Dmitry Sukhotsky, of Barnaul,
Jennnings-Fedosov, Kovalev-White and Cruz-Narh fights top a
seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Doors
open at 6:15pm ET. Tickets priced at $50 and $75 and $130
(luxury suites) can be purchased through the offices of Peltz
Boxing (215-765-0922) and at all Ticketmaster outlets
(800-745-3000). Tickets also are on sale at
In Bethlehem, tickets are available at Deja Brew, Inc., 101
West 4th Street (610-865-2739) and at Pronto
Insurance Notary, 232 East 3rd Street
(610-419-6790). NBC Sports Network will televise the Jennings-Fedosov,
Kovalev-White and Cruz-Narh fights, beginning at 8 pm ET,
Friday, June 14th. The card is promoted by Main Events and
Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Goossen
Tutor Promotions, Hitz Entertainment and Sands Casino Resort
Highly touted and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Issouf Kinda
makes his ESPN Friday Night
Presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, ESPN
Friday Night Fights will be broadcast LIVE starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
PT. Featured in the main event, world ranked junior middleweight Delvin
Rodriguez will make his 16th appearance on the series, clashing with
former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez.
Sporting a record of 16-0-0 with six knockouts, the 25-year-old Kinda is
a native of the West African country of Burkina Faso where he excelled
as an amateur prior to moving to the United States.
Now living in Bronx, New York, Kinda has received raves for his
world-class boxing skills, continuously impressing fans in the New York
Kinda kicked off his 2013 campaign in impressive fashion, stopping
well-regarded Phoenix, Arizona prospect Javier Loya on FEBRUARY 23 at
The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
'Kinda has continued to improve with every outing and the timing is
perfect for him to fight for the first time on ESPN Friday Night Fights"
said DeGuardia. "Knowing first hand what ESPN can do a for a fighter's
career such as Delvin 's, it's exciting to have Issouf make his network
debut, however Howard is a very confident tough prospect who also is
looking to make the most of this opportunity."
The 24-year-old Howard, 15-2-1 (7 KO's), returns to the ring following a
third round stoppage over tough veteran Bayan Jargal on FEBRUARY 15
which was also broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan
this week in the ten round co-main event against battle tested Chris
Howard from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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