Earlier today at the press conference announcing the July 25th bout between the IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and IBF number one contender Nadjib Mohammedi in Las Vegas, NV, Kovalev's promoter revealed that Kovalev had re-signed with HBO, all but killing any chance of seeing a showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson. The ongoing battle between Kovalev and Stevenson outside of the ring has been what many are calling a Mayweather-Pacquiao type situation. Both fighter's have been vocal in saying they wish to step into the ring with each other however both promoter's seem to have different plans. Duva, Kovalev's promoter, wants the fight on HBO while Al Haymon, Stevenson's manager, wants the fight on NBC for his PBC boxing series.
Both Kovalev and Stevenson are still saying they want to fight as they have even exchanged tweets on Twitter, however that chance is slim seeing that Main Events pulled out of the purse bid early last month. While a number of reasons were stated for Kovalev's side pulling out of the bid the real reason lied with Kovalev's new deal with HBO not allowing him to fight on another network. Kovalev's promoter was likely to lose the bid against whichever promotion company Haymon planned on using making it land on the PBC series.
Still, all is not lost. There was talk amongst HBO and Main Events at the press conference earlier that Sergey Kovalev could square off against Andre Ward in the future. Ward is largely considered the best boxer on the planet behind Floyd Mayweather though his inactivity has plagued him. If he could gain some steam with one or two big wins, a fight against Kovalev could be a showdown in late of 2015 or early of 2016, and one the could be bigger than Kovalev-Stevenson.