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Kovalev-Alvarez 8/4 at Hard Rock Atlantic City Live on HBO!


*Atlantic City, N.J. – May 12, 2018 – *Two-time light heavyweight world
champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) puts his WBO Light
Heavyweight World Title on the line against long-time WBC Light Heavyweight
number one Contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) at the Etess
Arena in the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Saturday,
August 4, 2018. The event, promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions
in association with Groupe Yvon Michel, will be televised live on *HBO*World
Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This will mark Kovalev’s
14th appearance on HBO® with Alvarez making his network debut.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 18.

Kovalev vs. Alvarez will be the first professional boxing event to take
place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which opens on June 28.
Kovalev, 35, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will be fighting for the fourth time
in Atlantic City, including his 2014 victory over future Hall of Famer
Bernard Hopkins, which unified three of the four light heavyweight world
titles. The only light heavyweight world title Kovalev has not had the
chance to win belongs to WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman”
Stevenson. Kovalev and Stevenson have come close to getting in the ring
several times, but “Superman” seems set on avoiding the hard-hitting
Russian.

Undefeated Eleider Alvarez also knows a little something about being
avoided by Stevenson. Alvarez defeated Isaac Chilemba in 2015 to secure the
WBC mandatory position and the opportunity to face Adonis for his piece of
the light heavyweight crown. Since then, Alvarez is 4-0 with notable wins
over former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. After more than
two years since becoming the mandatory contender and almost one year since
his last fight, Stevenson still has not agreed to fight Alvarez, so Eleider
jumped at the opportunity to face Kovalev for the WBO World Title when the
offer arrived.

Kovalev explained, “Alvarez has earned his title shot but Chickenson dodged
him; just like he dodged me. I want to fight the best in my division.
Alvarez took the fight with me without hesitation. I respect that and I am
excited to face him in my return to Atlantic City.”

Egis Klimas, Sergey’s manager, added, “Eleider Alvarez is a great
competitor. That is probably why Stevenson refused to fight him. Sergey
will face anyone, any time, any place. If Adonis is too scared to take the
fight, Sergey is happy to step up and fight Alvarez. He earned this
opportunity.”

Main Events’ CEO and Kovalev’s promoter, Kathy Duva, said, “Entering our
40th year in this business, we are so excited to return to Atlantic City
and honored to be the first fight in this beautiful new venue. Atlantic
City, and the Etess Arena in particular, were home to so many amazing
fights with Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, and the late, great Arturo
Gatti, just to name a few. The Atlantic City fans have always come out to
support Sergey and, fortuitously, this event will take place during the
French-Canadian Construction Holiday when the Jersey Shore fills up with
vacationers from Quebec. We’re going to have a great crowd on August 4th!”

According to Alvarez, “I am extremely happy. I said yes as soon as I had
the offer! I waited for a long time to get a shot at a world title. I don’t
want to hear about Adonis Stevenson anymore: I am focused on Sergey
Kovalev! I am really motivated, it is a huge fight against a really
high-class opponent. Kovalev is right now the best fighter of the division.
I wanted to fight in a world championship bout to show my talent and now I
finally have the opportunity. I know it is a really hard fight, but I will
work hard to become world champion. This is my dream. I am a boxer who
loves challenge and who performs at my best when I am challenged. I now
have what I want. Kovalev is an all-around solid fighter, with a good jab,
good technique and a hard puncher, but my trainer knows him well! I have no
doubt, I will be the next WBO champion.”

Alvarez’s promoter, Yvon Michel, added, “The experience that Eleider
Alvarez has now makes gives him solid chances to win that important clash!
He is fighting with passion and adrenaline. He deserves his world title
fight in front of his crowd. I am convinced that Eleider Alvarez has what
it takes to beat Sergey Kovalev and to bring a third light heavyweight
title back in Quebec!”

Eleider is managed by Stéphane Lépine, who explained, “The offer from Kathy
Duva arrived and we were really happy. Fighting against Sergey Kovalev, an
established and recognized name of the boxing world, on *HBO,* we couldn’t
ask for any better opportunity! For me, it was a no brainer; we had to
accept that amazing offer. We were also too tired to wait for Adonis
Stevenson.”

Marc Ramsay, Eleider’s trainer, has faced Kovalev before as the trainer for
Jean Pascal. He said, “‘Eleider is an experienced fighter, he has fought in
other opponent’s backyard, he also fought in front of huge home crowd. We
were waiting for a title shot for so long, he is now very ready to perform.
The objective for him when we started together in the pro ranks was to
become world championship fight. That is a promise I made him when he
arrived in Montreal from Colombia. I am really confident that Eleider have
what it takes to become world champion.”

“Sergey Kovalev will face his toughest opponent in over a year in
undefeated Eleider Alvarez when World Championship Boxing returns to
Atlantic City,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports.
“The boardwalk has been the site of many memorable moments throughout the
years and we look forward to this light heavyweight title showdown on August
4.”

“We are thrilled to bring championship boxing to the Boardwalk and to host
it at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. This event will mark the
first sporting event at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena which is all new and
a venue that our boxing fans will truly enjoy. Our world-class facility
will be the ultimate location for events and entertainment”, stated Bernie
Dillion, vice president of entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City.

*About Kovalev-Alvarez*: In the first boxing event at the newly opened Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will
defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against undefeated contender
Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The event is promoted
by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon
Michel and will be televised live on *HBO* World Championship Boxing®
beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 18 and will be available
through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office and Ticketmaster.