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Kovalev to take on Chilemba in Russia

Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Sergey Kovalev is all set to return to action on July 11, as he’ll travel to Russia to defend his light heavyweight titles against Isaac Chilemba at the DIVS Palace of Sports.

Kovalev, who is coming off a knockout win over Jean Pascal in their rematch, is defending his titles in Russia for the first time.

“I am so excited to fight in my home country of Russia. It gives me great pride to bring my titles home at last…Chilemba is a tough opponent and I will be ready for him on July 11.”

The fight will be televised live in Russia by Channel One, while Kathy Duva of Main Events says they are exploring options to televise it in the U.S., including HBO.

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