Kovalev vs. Alvarez & Bivol vs.
Chilemba Final Press Conference
Photos: Photos: David Spagnolo - Main Events
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events
"Oh, if these walls could talk! There are so many
stories. If I got started, we'd never hear from anyone
today. Main Events could not be happier to be bringing
world championship boxing back to Atlantic City. We hope
it's a long, enjoyable stay.
"We are back with a bang!
"All the fighters in our lineup are excited to be here
where so many great names in the past have made big
impressions: Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Arturo
Gatti. All our fighters would LOVE to add their names to
this list. It will be fun watching them go for it.
"This Saturday night in our televised fights on HBO
World Championship Boxing, four light heavyweights know
the eyes of the world will be on them. They want to make
a big impression. You will want to be part of this! But
you need to move fast. Our floor and ringside seats are
just about sold out.
"Tickets starting at 50 dollars are still available
through Ticketmaster and
Hard-Rock-Hotel-Atlantic-City-dot-com for Saturday's
event or you can watch live on HBO World Championship
Boxing® starting at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Time. At
the top of our card are a pair of exciting fights in the
red-hot light heavyweight division: first up are Dmitry
Bivol facing his toughest test against Isaac Chilemba.
In our main event, two-time light heavyweight world
champion Sergey Kovalev against an opponent who wants to
hold on to his undefeated record and take a few belts
home to Canada, Eleider Alvarez.
"On our non-televised undercard, we have our own version
of the Fantastic Four from the famed Boxing Laboratory
in Oxnard, California.
"They are led by top 15 ranked Bakhram Murtazaliev of
Russia, who is co-promoted by Main Events and Krusher
Promotions, facing Fernando Carcamo of Mexico. This is a
ten round IBA Junior Middleweight title fight. We have a
middleweight battle between Meiirim Nursultanov of
Kazakhstan and Jonathan Batista of the Dominican
Republic. This is an eight-round fight which will be
"His Kazakh countryman Madiyar Ashkeyev is back after
being out due to injury. He is ready to go and fights
Eduardo Flores of Ecuador in an eight-round junior
middleweight showdown. The fourth of the Fantastic Four
is Enriko Gogokhia - or 'Gogo' - from Georgia, fighting
Ronald Montes of Columbia in a six-round welterweight
"Super middleweight Vaughn Alexander's amazing comeback
story continues here Saturday - 11 years away from
boxing and he picked right back up where he left off. He
is the freshest boxer over 30 you'll ever see. Vaughn
plans to make a statement against New Jersey's Denis
Douglin. And he wouldn't mind upstaging his brother
Devon who fights in New York on the same night!
"We never forget the local fans who come out to support
their neighborhood fighters. Two of our favorites are
joining us in Atlantic City. They include Brooklyn's
'Notorious' Frank Galarza and our fighting college
student, Ismael Villarreal from the Bronx. And back in
the lineup for Main Events after a few years away,
lightweight Karl Dargan of Philadelphia returns in a
six-round bout against Jonathan Perez of Colombia. Karl
has been busy getting married, working in the hip-hop
world, and turning up on reality TV.
"Twenty-five years ago, Arturo Gatti fought his first
fight in Atlantic City on May 15, 1992, in this very
arena. It was his fifth pro fight and Main Events' first
fight in the Etess Arena. Which one of our undercard
fighters will be the next Gatti? You never know - be
sure to watch them and you may have a big story to tell
your kids 25 years from now.
"We are thankful to our sponsor Leon.RU for joining us
on this promotion.
"For this card, we are working with Groupe Yvon Michel,
Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing. When people want
to make fights, it's a breeze and a joy. Thank you
everyone for your contribution to this exceptional card
I want to thank HBO Boxing and Ray Stallone who is here
with us today for their support. I know they are as
thrilled as we are to be back in Atlantic City in the
Etess Arena. Ray, will you come up and say a few words
about Saturday's fight.
Ray Stallone, HBO Vice President of Media Relations
"Thank you, I hope my voice is clear and easy to listen
to. I'm subbing for Peter Nelson, who is the head of HBO
Sports, who many of you know. And I don't know many
people in network sports who have the same love and
passion as Peter. So, I texted him this morning, and I
said, "Is there a hair and makeup allowance for speaking
at the press conference?" And he texted me back, and
said no, but I can get you a voice coach. So, I hope I
am able to deliver today and represent HBO Sports.
"As Kathy mentioned, we are thrilled to be in Atlantic
City. Talk about memories! HBO, Main Events, Atlantic
City -- you know what a recipe for terrific fight
action. And we are responsible for the television
production, and we are responsible, and we are going to
embrace Saturday night's fight. Love being at the Hard
Rock. It's exiting being with some old friends. And we
are really delighted we are partnering. And I did want
to say that we are really underscoring the global appeal
of boxing. We are in Atlantic City and look at the
background of the four fighters who are fighting on the
two televised cards. Look at where the promoters even
hail from. It just underscores the global appeal of this
sport. So, I think we are in for an exciting night on
Saturday night, once again as Kathy had mentioned we
will be on the air at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time
for championship boxing with our A-Team. Once again,
thank you for having us.
"I also want to welcome and thank for the Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino. They have been an amazing partner and
host for all of us. Boxing is so important to the Hard
Rock, only the best would do - and they got him out of
retirement! Bernie Dillon is now Vice President of
Entertainment for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. How
lucky we all are to have him back in boxing. Please do
yourself a favor - buy him a meal and get him talking
Bernie Dillon, Vice President of Entertainment, Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
"Thank you, Kathy, and welcome everyone to the new Hard
Rock Hotel in Atlantic City. It's a pleasure to welcome
everyone here. Welcome Kathy Duva and her awesome Main
Events staff. As she mentioned, we go way back and have
produced many fights together with her husband and -- oh
gosh, I can't tell you how many different champions we
have produced together, but everyone from Evander
Holyfield to Pernell Whitaker. And the list goes on and
on and on.
"And certainly welcome to Commissioner Hazzard and the
New Jersey State Athletic Commission. Always a pleasure
to see Larry, and work with what I consider the best
commission. I have worked all over the country and a few
parts of the world. They are second to none, and believe
me always fighters come first, and their safety. Larry
has always been at the forefront of that.
"Welcome HBO Sports, Ray, it's been a while, good to see
"Most importantly, welcome to the fighters. Mr. Kovalev,
Mr. Alvarez, Bivol, Chilemba, and all the great fighters
who are appearing on the undercard. Welcome to our great
property, and hopefully many return in the future.
"What a great night, this Saturday night in the Hard
Rock live at the Etess Arena. Of course, Kathy mentioned
the arena. We are able to maintain the name of the arena
after the great Mark Etess. I am sure there will be a
few tears shed by some of us, but it's a great boxing
facility. And we will talk about it some more.
"Saturday night marks a major step for this property.
Early in our first 45 days of development, we have
spoken consistently about the Hard Rock Brand
representing many genres of music and different types of
entertainment. The Hard Rock has had an enlightenment of
classic rock, rock alternative, and country, pop, urban
R&B, jazz, blues, comedy. We really represent it all. We
have had names like Christina Aguilera, Carrie
Underwood, the Howie Mandell Comedy Club, Hall and
Oates, Steely Dan, Florida Georgia Line, Maroon 5,
Maxwell, Motor City 5, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Amy
Schumer - I could go on and on, but it's really been
exiting to present big time entertainment to everyone
coming back to Atlantic City.
"And now the return of boxing to the Boardwalk in
Atlantic City. When Kathy called me in April to discuss
this event, we were actually talking about some other
shows. And she mentioned this date, and she couldn't do
this show because she had another event featuring
Kovalev and Alvarez. I said, 'Wait a minute - how about
bringing that to Atlantic City?' And I think your
response was 'Really?' and 'Sure enough!'
"I knew from the beginning when she told me HBO was
involved and the date, Saturday night in the middle of
the summer, that it was the right fit for us. And she
mentioned our ticket sales have been excellent. The
response from our invited guests have been amazing on
the casino side, and we expect well over one hundred
media to be in attendance. That's great publicity for
us, that's great publicity for the sport of boxing and I
am just thrilled we can be a part of this.
"One thing Kathy did get wrong. She did mention we had
twenty ringside seats left. We are sold out, and I am
pleased to announce that the ringside area is sold out.
We do have a limited amount of the $150 tickets left. We
have another limited amount of our $100 tickets and
plenty of $50 tickets left. We thought it was very
important to keep this fight, this card affordable to
the general public and rebuild the interest in boxing in
"Hard Rock Live at the Arena is one of the best arenas
to watch boxing. It was designed many years ago, and we
had a part in putting the arena together from a
technical stand point and made it, I think, a very good
place for the media to come in and for HBO and other
networks, and it today is very good for us.
"So, come in and enjoy a great night of boxing on a
great property at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It's a
great place to come and stay. And enjoy something else
we have going on here, which is 365 Live. We have five
other stages that we promote, over 50 live performances
a week. And we are committed to having live
entertainment over the year, and we have boxing and it
will be a big part of that. Welcome and it's great to be
back. And to be home for me. Thank you."
"We are pleased to once again work with the New Jersey
Control Board on this fight. Here with us today is
commissioner Larry Hazzard."
Larry Hazzard, Commissioner New Jersey State Athletic
"It's really great having Bernie, Main Events, Kathy and
all of the team back here in New Jersey again. This
propels us, I think, back into big time boxing here in
the state of New Jersey.
"I first came to Atlantic City in 1978 as a young
referee, and I have had the great blessing and great
experience to have been around for all of the great
fights that have taken place here, either as a referee
or as the commissioner. It is great to see one of my
favorites, the great Roy Jones Jr. here today, who
created so many exciting events with his performances.
"Furthermore, it has been a great and exciting adventure
for us in Atlantic City. It is great to have Bernie
Dillon back as one of the casino entrepreneurs, because
as I have often said, we need boxing people back to
bring boxing back. So, we are feeling good about this
event, an outstanding event that makes us feel great
about the future of boxing again here in New Jersey.
Especially since we have real promoters back, Main
Events and Atlantic City, it is just a great combination
and an outstanding event they have put together.
"I have sat in my office looking at these bouts, and I
told Jolene, you make my job very easy. One of the
easiest parts of my job is approving bouts, because
everything that comes in here looks like a home run.
"Therefore, it is no surprise to me that tickets are
close to sold out, showing further that this is going to
be a great event! We are really hoping that with this
event and many more to come, New Jersey will once again
springboard into the big-time boxing world, where it has
been for so many years and where it belongs. I want to
congratulate you Kathy and I also want to congratulate
you too, Bernie, because with you two working together,
in the future, I think that we are going to have some
exciting events and New Jersey will once again reclaim
its place as the boxing capital of the world. Thank
"Finally, to the media present today and watching live,
thank you for your time and your interest. You are in
for a real show - the kind of show only Atlantic City
can deliver! Years from now you will be able to say 'I
was there' when boxing made its big comeback in Atlantic
"On to our co-main and main event fights. The light
heavyweight division continues to burn bright. I
challenge you to name any other division this
competitive at this moment. Any one of the top 20 ranked
fighters is a dangerous opponent. And we have the best
of the best for you.
"Isaac Chilemba of Malawi in Africa has come a long way
for this shot. He is currently 25-5-2 with 10 knockouts.
But there is something the record doesn't show. This man
has a reputation for making opponents prove themselves.
Just ask Sergey Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez. They are
both here today, so you can ask them.
"Chilemba takes on WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry
Bivol of Russia. Bivol has 11 knockouts in 13 fights and
is undefeated. Chilemba, as we have learned in our long
association with him at Main Events fears no one. But
his opponents need to have a little healthy fear -- or
they will be in for a shock.
"Let's hear a few words from Isaac and team. First, I
want to wish manager Jodi Solomon a very happy birthday
today! I think we all know what she wants as her
birthday present. Isaac, no pressure!
"But you might have heard of Isaac's trainer his name is
Roy Jones, Junior. Let's welcome him to the podium to
Roy Jones Jr., Trainer of Isaac Chilemba
"First, I want to say - thank God for giving us all the
pleasure of being together to fellowship and to see this
thing, keep it often in Atlantic City. I want to say.
"what's happening?" and thank you to my man Larry. And
so good to see Bernie again, because these guys were
around in my heyday. And to see them again just
automatically lights a fire in your heart. Because, to
me, when I came up, Atlantic City was almost the Vegas
of the East.
"It was the only place that had casinos, and the only
place that had the casino feel. So, when you got to
Atlantic City to fight, you feel like you pretty much
made it. I got here my second fight, and I dished out a
lot of punishment along this boardwalk. It was fun, so I
look forward to seeing it again.
"You could not ask for a better card to start it off
because you have two world championship fights and four
really high-class athletes, Isaac being one of them, who
is definitely hungry for a title. And when he first
mentioned the fight to me, I said 'Bivol is a pretty
tough character. Maybe we should wait a little longer.'
And he said, 'No, I want a world title. I want to take
my chances and go at it.'
"So, if he wants to go at it, we will go at it. And we
are here. He wants to win, so we are coming to win. It
is a great fight night for everyone. I am looking
forward to seeing even the main event, because we know a
lot about both Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev -
which is another fight that on any given day, people
would think either man could win.
"All four fights that Kathy put together for you are
fights that are remarkable and competitive, giving any
man a chance to win the fight. With that being said,
everyone here is looking to win, two guys are looking to
keep their titles and two men are looking to take their
titles. You cannot ask for a better night, and without
further ado, I want to bring Isaac to the podium to tell
you all what he thinks."
Isaac Chilemba, WBA Light Heavyweight Contender
"Thank you. First of all, I just want to thank God, HBO
and Main Events for this opportunity. I would like to
thank my team, Jodi Solomon, Roy Jones Jr., Shadow
(cornerman Sibusiso Shabane), the fans, and everyone
else out there who is behind me. It was a long road to
get here. I had two rough years since I last fought here
in the states, when I tore the ligaments in my arm
against Oleksandr Gvozdyk. I had to take time off from
boxing for more than a year. It was rough for me to go
through all that. I made it through all of that and my
team did not give up on me. They stood behind me and
supported me. They kept telling me that I would be back.
"Thank God, my very first fight when I came back was a
title fight in Australia. Anyone who has ever fought
there know how hard it is to win with the politics in
Australia. You have to be on top of your game to
convince the judges. We did it and won the WBC
"I was very grateful for that, and now in the very next
fight instead of defending my title, I have a world
title shot against a tough opponent, Bivol. I really
want to thank Bivol and his team for this chance, and
Main Events and HBO for the opportunity. I thank God,
and I am glad I am here. This time, I am not going to
let this opportunity slip through my hands. I am going
to win it. I am going to walk out of the ring on the 4th
of August as a winner, as a world champion."
"I want to take a moment to thank Andrei Ryabinsky's
World of Boxing for giving Main Events the chance to
work closely with Dmitry and introduce him to the fans
in the United States. He is the definition of a knockout
artist. Dmitry knows his boxing history. In fact, he
knows the legacy of the great fighters here in Atlantic
"Dmitry said recently in an interview he wants to have
one of those fights fans always remember. Guess what
fight he picked as an example? Gatti versus Ward. It is
a pretty high bar, but you never know what might happen
here on Saturday.
"Dmitry's English, I have to remark, continues to
improve dramatically after training in Los Angeles. We
also have Dmitry's manager Vadim Kornilov who would like
to say a few words. Vadim, will you share your thoughts
about this fight here in Atlantic City and also
introduce Dmitry to the crowd?"
Vadim Kornilov, Manager of Dmitry Bivol
"Thank you, Kathy. Always a pleasure. First, I want to
say a few words about Main Events. A very special
company, the whole team, everyone is on top of
everything it is so impressive. Fight week with Main
Events is so much easier than usual and I thank you for
that. Of course, World of Boxing and Andrei Ryabinsky,
they have done so much for Dmitry and for us and we
would probably not be able to be here without them and I
just want to thank them for that.
"Of course, HBO, just as Roy said the three letters in
boxing that are most important, HBO. We have had Ruslan
Provodnikov, Viktor Postol, many others and now, Dmitry
Bivol. Most of these guys are all names that once you
say the name everyone in boxing knows. Everyone has seen
them, and everybody has heard, and that is what HBO
does. And they just really know how to get the PR and
the attention the fighter needs and everything else is
up to the fighter.
"Thank you to Sergey and his team. It is a pleasure to
be on his main event. We enjoy being here and being able
to watch Sergey on his main event. The whole country is
proud of Sergey for being one of the top fighters from
"Of course, Atlantic City and the Hard Rock, to be
honest we did not expect this. This is a great venue and
a great hotel, and we really hope that this is the
return that everyone has been waiting for. I am sure it
will be. Now, I would like to introduce the humble and
respectful champion Dmitry Bivol to say a few words. I
am very impressed with the way his career is moving
forward and he really knows how to stay professional and
use his intelligence, which his English will speak for.
I appreciate your time."
Dmitry Bivol, WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion
"Hello, first of all, I want to say, thank you everyone
for coming here and I'm grateful that Chilemba took this
fight and he decided quickly. I respect him for this,
and his team I want to say thank you everyone who
organized this fight, Kathy Duva - thank you - Main
Events, Andre Ryabinsky and the World of Boxing and of
"Thank you for this chance for me to show my boxing
skills to many people. I'm really glad. And I'm glad to
be here in Atlantic City, because I know there were many
great fights, like Arturo Gatti against Micky Ward. I'm
glad to be part of boxing's return in Atlantic City.
"When I got my belt, I make one small step to my dream.
To be a big name, to make a big name in boxing. Of
course, I'm not going to give my belt to someone. I'm
not giving my belt to Chilemba. I'm going to keep it a
long time. I will try to do my best for boxing fans, for
people who watch our fight. I hope it will be an
enjoyable fight for you.
"The thing I keep hearing consistently from everyone is
how smooth things are going, how much better Main Events
is, how much it is a pleasure it is to work with us. And
I have to say, it's 100 percent true! But I do not get
any of the credit for that. Jolene, Nicole, Lisa,
Alexis, Joe, our fabulous PR support team of Gayle, Ed,
and Ellen, they are the very best. They work harder than
anybody else. Being behind the scenes and watching in
recent weeks as I always do as Fight Week approaches -
my hat's off to all of you. You make us look so good,
and I want you to know how much I love you all and
appreciate it. I'm happy to hear people reconfirm for me
what I already know.
"Moving on to our main event. We are happy to have
Eleider Alvarez here for just his second fight in the
United States. He is undefeated with a record of 23
wins, 11 by knockout. He is coming off notable wins over
legendary Canadian veterans Jean Pascal and Lucien Bute.
"When others said no to Sergey Kovalev - and I promise
you, Jolene can attest to this - many others have said
no to Sergey. Eleider and his team did not hesitate for
one second. Bravo and how refreshing. Alvarez is ranked
in the top five and a legitimate challenger. He has been
waiting for two years for the shot that he earned - two
eliminator fights, including one with Isaac. He is
crafty and smart. And not to be under estimated.
"I'm going to ask Eleider's promoter, Yvon Michel to
come up and introduce him, and trainer, Marc Ramsay."
Yvon Michel, Promoter of Eleider Alvarez
"Thank you very much, Kathy. Thank you very much
everybody who is here for this press conference. We are
very, very happy. You cannot imagine how happy we are to
be here, and for several reasons. I want to thank HBO
for televising this event. I want to thank Mr. Dillon
for your great place here at the Hard Rock. I want to
thank the Main Events staff, Kathy for all their
collaboration for the making of this event.
"Atlantic City means a lot for people in Quebec. It's
been for long, a great vacation place. Also, we used to
come here for great boxing events. My first fight here,
it was when I came for a world championship with Matthew
Hilton, Stefan Willette, and many more.
"And I can tell you, that fight has been easy to make
with Kathy. And I'm happy, very happy, that finally we
have been able to make a big event together. We have
done the title eliminator between Eleider and Isaac
Chilemba. But for a main event, we started the first
time I met Kathy to try to make a deal, it was in 2004.
It was for Leonard Dorin against Arturo Gatti. We laid
down everything to make the deal, and finally I left the
company Interbox then. She went ahead and made the deal
with the group that followed up. So, I came here as a
"I met Kathy, and we have tried several times to make
other things. But this one, it's a good one. We're very
happy to fight The Krusher. Sergey Kovalev is a great,
great champion. He proved it by coming back. And a lot
of people are saying that maybe he's not the same since
the Andre Ward fight. But probably a lot people believe
he won the first fight against Andre Ward. The second
fight, it's another story. But he came back and when a
fighter is coming back like that, this is showing his
"It's a great, great challenge for Eleider Alvarez
against Krusher. But Eleider is ready for that. Eleider
Alvarez has come a long way. He has been fighting
professional since 2009. It's been nine years since he
moved, he left everything in Colombia, to come to
Quebec, learn French, and learn his professional boxing.
He's been world ranked five years. The first time he was
world ranked, he became a mandatory contender almost two
years ago. He didn't waste his time, he was a mandatory
contender and he got his best win in his career. The
best wins in his career have always been against the
biggest challenge. When he fought in Monaco, when he
came here in Chicago, when he fought Jean Pascal - he
always gave his best performance against the best
"And when, even if he hasn't fought since the Pascal
fight 14 months ago, I tell you he is the best prepared
that is possible for Eleider Alvarez. He has done
everything, He has a great team of trainers behind him.
And I'd like to invite the greatest coach trainer in
Canada, to come here and talk about his preparation. So,
I'd like to have Marc Ramsay come here."
Marc Ramsay, Trainer of Eleider Alvarez
"Thank you, Yvon, first of all I would like to thank
HBO, Main Events, and Groupe Yvon Michel for coming
together to give us that great opportunity. I would like
to thank also Sergey, he has no obligation to give us
that chance. Win or lose, he is always going for the
biggest challenge possible. And as a coach, as a boxing
guy, I respect that, I have a lot of respect for this.
"Eleider Alvarez had an amazing training camp. We have
no injury, no excuse. He is ready to perform, ready to
go, and I can guarantee you Saturday we are going for
Eleider Alvarez, WBO Light Heavyweight Contender
"Good afternoon to all of you, First, I want to thank
God for being able to actually be here. Thank you, HBO,
Main Events, Kathy Duva, Groupe Yvon Michael, to the
members of my team, and my manager who's not here right
now. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.
"With my trainer, I had one of the best, hardest
trainings in the world. It's made me in the best shape
I've ever been right now. Having this opportunity to go
up against a fighter with one of the greatest
reputations of any contender I could think of, Sergey
Kovalev, it's an incredible opportunity. I'm very full
of pride and joy to let the world know who Eleider
Alvarez is. It's time.
"I have a great training team, with Marc right here. We
will be ready to go and fight. I have the talent, I am
what I am. All I can do is wait to get in the ring
Saturday and go for it. I give my respect to Kovalev. I
want to let him know it's a great honor. But on August
4th, I'm going to be the next world champion.
"Thank you to the journalists from Quebec for your
support. I will bring home the victory."
"You know, the last time there was a big fight in
Atlantic City was just about four years ago when Sergey
had one of those legendary nights with Bernard Hopkins
here and walked away with three world titles. You think
about it and here he is bringing it back, and when you
think about it, it kind of makes sense. In my lifetime
in this sport, the fighters who probably were the
absolute favorites here in Atlantic City were Mike Tyson
and Arturo Gatti. What those two have in common with
Sergey Kovalev, other than being knockout artists, is
they kind of have an attitude. Okay, and we know Sergey
has an attitude, but it makes sense because this is
Jersey. We all have an attitude, and I think that's why
this guy from Russia fits in so beautifully here!
"And Egis just said to me he's got four ringsides for
the highest bidder, if anybody wants it. Tickets are in
very short supply.
"And so finally we move on to the man. And you have all
heard that saying. right? 'To be the man, you have to
beat the man.' Well, Sergey is the man in this very
competitive division. And you don't have to just take it
from me; just ask any of the light heavyweights whenever
they win a fight and gets asked, "who do you want next?'
They say Sergey Kovalev -- you know, until Jolene calls
them up and offers them a fight.
"But he is hungry, and he is looking forward. He has one
goal left before he retires, and that is all of the
belts. So, let's hope all of the other champions
cooperate this time. And if they do, we are in for one
hell of a good time.
Sergey is here along with his manager and my dear friend
Egis Klimas, who I call Manager of the Year for life.
Because I really think they're going to have to retire
that award for you soon. Sergey and Egis, we at Main
Events were just meant to meet them the day we did, and
it has been glorious ever since. We've had our ups and
we've certainly had our downs, and it has been one of my
greatest experiences of my life to work with them and it
continues to be. And I'm going to bring Egis up here to
please give us our thoughts about Saturday's bout.
Egis Klimas, Manager of Sergey Kovalev
"Hello everybody and welcome to Atlantic City, with a
venue nobody thought we would be seeing, this Hard Rock.
So, thank you for the hospitality.
"Great news! First of all, I have the best seat in the
house between two champions. Second, Kathy just
mentioned they have four ringside tickets, which I can
sell for $800. she didn't mention the price... going
once, going twice No? Okay, we'll deal later.
"What can I tell, what can I tell, that's going to be a
big test for Sergey Saturday night. Because he is going
to be facing, as Yvon Michel said, one of the best. They
are champions, but when we talk they are not champions -
but one of the best light heavyweights today in boxing.
I have no doubt. I believe in Sergey, I saw his
preparation, and I saw the way he prepared for this
fight. And I'm not going to talk much; Sergey is going
to show us Saturday night in the ring. And I just want
to say: Krusher is back. Thank you."
"And again, it is my profound pleasure to be able to
introduce to you the light heavyweight champion of the
world, Sergey Kovalev. The Krusher."
Sergey Kovalev, Two-Time Light Heavyweight World
"Hi everyone. What can I say, but I am really glad to be
here at one of the famous places of boxing, Atlantic
City. I am very happy to be fighting here.
I want to first of all say, thank you very much to my
team, my newest promotions of Krusher Promotions, HBO
and Hard Rock Hotel for organizing this fight, this
event and to all of my boxing friends who follow me. It
is very important to me, because it gives me motivation
moving forward. And all that I do right now and continue
to do after my two crazy losses."
It was a kick from life to awaken me and put my mind on
the right trail. I lost my mind when I started to get
famous. And I also didn't have a coach in my training
camp. I now have coaches in my training camps. (Before)
all of my training camps were done myself, and of course
some training camps were good, and some were not. There
were some mistakes, of course there are always mistakes,
and of course my performances were right, some a little
good, and some not."
Right now, with my coach working with me for the fight,
Abror Tursunpulatov, I feel much more professional,
because we've delivered and went through mistakes. I
hope this Saturday, I will show my best skills and what
I came to do.
Thank you to the team of Eleider Alvarez to take this
fight, because this fight is going to be really
interesting. And I'm really proud because he is an
undefeated guy and he is professional and fights strong.
I just want to say, watch HBO this Saturday, and come to
Hard Rock Hotel and watch a nice evening of boxing.
Thank you very much, and thanks to God for everything."
"Atlantic City is back in the boxing business and
business is good! Once again, tickets start at just 50
dollars and we're definitely heading for a sellout.
Frankly, the 50s are mostly all that's left. They are
available through Ticketmaster, through
Hard-Rock-Hotel-Atlantic-City-dot-com. Or you can watch
live on HBO World Championship Boxing starting at 10
p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time.
"My thanks to all of the talented and dedicated people
working hard to put on this impressive show Saturday -
that includes HBO, Hard Rock, New Jersey Athletic
Control Board, World of Boxing, Krusher Promotions,
Groupe Yvon Michel, and Main Events.
"But I do need to single out one person. That is 2015
NABF Matchmaker of the Year, Jolene Mizzone. The guys
have to do the fighting, but Jolene makes the magic
happen and does most of the sweating. There is simply no
matchmaker in the world with her eye. Will you please
give Jolene and the rest of our team a round of
"Thank you for coming today. We'll now pose the fighters