Today, April 2, the three-time world champion in light heavyweight (up to 79.4 kg) and a former member of the ranking of the best boxers regardless of weight category, Russian Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KO), turned 38 years old.
Kovalev made his professional debut in 2009 in the United States, where he still performs.
In August 2013 in Cardiff, Great Britain, the fighter entered the championship fight for the first time, stopping the local fighter Nathan Cleverly (26-0-0, 12 KO) early in the 4th round* and taking the WBO belt away from him.
In November 2014, after three successful title defenses, Sergey faced the American icon Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO) in a unification duel, adding the WBA and IBF belts to his collection.
November 2016 was marked for Kovalev’s first career defeat – at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, the Russian controversially lost on points to the American techie Andre Ward (30-0-0, 15 KO), who seven months later inflicted his first early defeat.
Sergei returned with a victory five months later, in the battle for the vacant WBO title, left by the same Ward, scoring in two incomplete rounds Ukrainian middle peasant Vyacheslav Shabransky (19-1-0, 16 KO).
In August 2018, in his second title defense, Kovalev again lost ahead of schedule, this time having failed to cope with the undefeated Colombian challenger Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO), but in February he took revenge.
In the very first defense of the title, the undefeated Briton Anthony Yard (18-0-0, 17 KO) tried to give the Russian a fight, who, in a very difficult fight, was stopped ahead of schedule in the 11th round.
Two and a half months later, in November 2019, Sergey entered his biggest fight in his career, in Las Vegas, having fought against the leader of the pound-for-pound rating, Mexican Saul Alvarez, to whom he lost by knockout in the 11th round …
At the moment, a fighter experiencing doping and not only scandals is trying to return to the ring to continue his career.
* all records at the time of the fight with Kovalev