By Xavier Porter –

October 18, 2017

Brooklyn, NY (The Theater at Madison Square Garden) –

On Saturday, November 25, live at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on HBO Boxing After Dark, former WBA, IBF, WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev will be looking to get back to the top of his division as he faces the current WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight Champion Vyacheslav “Lion Heart” Shabranskyy in what’s expected to be a great fight, with a good undercard to start before the main event.

This fight, on November 25th, will mark the 10th time that Sergey has fought since January of 2014. This will also be on November 25th, Shabranskyy”s 10th fight since January of 2015.

After losing back-to-back losses against the great Andre Ward, where he was stopped for the first time in his career, the question in this writer’s mind and many others is: will Kovalev, the skilled, former world champion, who’s known throughout his career for dominating opponents with supreme power in both hands, be able to defeat a young champion, who has his own eyes set on becoming the next big star in this division?

On Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day), many people from around the world will enjoy their family and friends and give thanks for what they have. On that Friday, November 24, the infamous day of all holiday shopping begins. But on Saturday night, November 25, both Kovalev and Shabranskyy will clash in fight that will surely determine the route of where both fighter’s career paths are headed.

It’s Kovalev, of Russia vs Shabranskyy, of Ukraine. This is Eastern European boxing at its finest. One man will go forward with their career while the other will be forced to take a step back and re-evaluate his standings in the division.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy:

“I’m excited to be fighting at Madison Square Garden and on HBO. I’m excited to be fighting a great ex-world champion Sergey Kovalev.”

“I look forward to bringing the best in me for this fight is the only thing. Thank you, see you November 25th.”

Sergey Kovalev:

photo edit: Instagram @dlgimagecreations

photo edit: Instagram @dlgimagecreations

“I’m really happy to fight on East Coast again. I’ve fought in New Jersey, Atlantic City, but never fought in New York. I will back stronger than I was before. It’s my goal right now to prove everybody and for myself that I am still strong fighter and I can be world champion again. That I have two last losses, it’s just like a huge lesson for me. Not like for the boxer, just in my life. I made a lot of analysis from these losses and I hope I will be much stronger than I was before.”

“I want to be best in this division. I’m ready fighting anybody, but my goal to fight for the title as soon as possible. But right now, my fight is against Slava Shabranskyy and I have a focus on this fight.”

Kathy Duva, CEO – Main Events:

“It’s going to be a fight. Sergey is the former unified light heavyweight world champion, with a 30-2-1 record, with 26 knockouts. It is time for Sergey to get back on track to be the man in the light heavyweight division again!”

Ray Stallone, HBO Vice President of Media Relations:

“Main Events and Golden Boy. You’ve got Madison Square Garden as the venue, HBO Sports as the television company, those add up to a formula where we really could see something special on the night of November 25th.”

The Sergey Kovalev vs Vyacheslav Shabranskyy bout is scheduled to be a 10-round light heavyweight matchup and it will be in the Theater live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:00 PM, Eastern and Pacific. Tickets have already gone on sale, starting at $50 and range up to $350 for ringside. For purchasing, visit and the MSG box office.


Main Events is internationally recognized as one of the top boxing promotional firms in the world. Main Events has promoted boxing legends Evander Holyfield, Arturo Gatti, Lennox Lewis, Pernell Whitaker and many more. Main Events was founded in 1978 by Hall-of-Fame promoter Dan Duva, who passed away in 1996, and is now run by his widow Kathy Duva. Main Events is committed to promoting quality fights that boxing fans want to see. Currently, Main Events promotes a stacked roster of international contenders, including former WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Main Events gained a reputation throughout the 80’s and 90’s as the sport’s number one incubator for new talent. Nearly 40 years after the company’s birth, Main Events is still turning out boxing stars and future world champions.