WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson has accused Sergey Kovalev of chickening out of their meeting when the Russian’s team pulled out of a stipulated purse bid for the high-profile clash.
‘Superman’ is lined to fight Tommy Karpency on September 11 in Canada after failing to secure a unification with Kovalev, and says although the bout failed to materialize, he still hopes that the pair can get it on at a later date.
“The thing is Kovalev was my mandatory challenger and his team never presented themselves at the purse bid. They chickened out and decided to sign with HBO instead of taking the fight with me,” Stevenson exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Don’t get me wrong, I was really interested in that fight and I still am.”
Asked what he thought of Kovalev’s recent three-round blow out of mandatory contender Nadjib Mohammedi, Stevenson replied bluntly:
“I saw two rounds of that fight, it was a joke. This guy (Mohammedi) said his eye hurt and quit. To me, that ‘boxer’ was a pizza delivery guy and he did not belong on that level!”
It seems Stevenson v Kovalev is once again on the backburner until either side can bend on terms with their respective TV network unless Showtime and HBO agree to share the broadcasting rights in order to get the fight made.
Fan frustrations are slowly sucking the life out of the encounter, which at one point was one of the top fights out there. Kovalev v Stevenson is in danger of being a nothing fight in six months’ time without an eventual agreement between the two champions.