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Alvarez Will Face Kovalev Aug. 4 In Atlantic City

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The promoter of the GYM Group in Montréal, Yvon Michel, confirmed that the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world opposing the Russian Sergey Kovalev to the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez, will be presented August 4th at the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Atlantic City.

Undefeated, Alvarez was the WBC mandatory challenger for more than two years. When Kathy Duva, the Kovalev’s promoter, offered to Yvon Michel to oppose Alvarez (23-0-0) to Kovalev (32-2-1), the Montrealer promoter called Alvarez right away to offer him this chance to fight for a world title. The Montrealer Colombian said yes with no hesitation.

“I was the WBC mandatory challenger for two years, and the WBC champion of the world, Adonis Stevenson, found always an excuse to avoid me, said Alvarez. Then, when Yvon Michel asked me if I would be interested to fight Kovalev for the WBO crown, I said yes yes yes.”

The contract has been signed by the two fighters a month ago. Otherwise, Yvon Michel confirmed that the former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer Jean Pascal, will fight the former UFC champion Steve Bossé (1-0-0) June 29th, but the site of the fight has been not determined yet.

Pascal (32-5-1) announced the end of his pro boxing career after his win by KO against the Egyptian Ahmed Albiali (16-1-0) last December in Miami, but he changed his mind. We can presume that Pascal will confirm his retirement after this bout with Bossé, no matter the result. Pascal will be 37 years old in October.


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