Feature | Jul 25 2015

Sergey Kovalev motivated for foes like Nadjib Mohammedi

Kovalev needs foe like Andre Ward, though, to reach next level, Mike Coppinger writes

LAS VEGAS — It’s hard to imagine now, but at one point, no promoters were interested in Sergey Kovalev.

His manager Egis Klimas tried with all his might to no avail. He would lobby promoters to watch his guy, told them he was the real deal, a Russian who could punch like a mule. But no one — not Bob Arum, nor Oscar De La Hoya — bit.

Enter Kathy Duva.