Nathan Cleverly vs Sergey Kovalev

Boxing TV schedule: August 16-17

The busy season kicks off this weekend, with a good handful of significant fights featured on U.S. TV, including four world title fights.

Jackson: Cleverly won't go more than three rounds

John David Jackson is highly confident in Sergey Kovalev and his ability to finish things quick next weekend in Cardiff against Nathan Cleverly.

Trainer: Cleverly will knock out Kovalev

Nathan Cleverly is the underdog next weekend, but his father and trainer Vince Cleverly is confident of a KO win.

Smith to challenge Buckland on Aug. 17

Gary Buckland will defend his British super featherweight title against Stephen Smith on August 17 as part of the Cleverly-Kovalev undercard.

HBO puts together package broadcast for Aug. 17

HBO has put together a dual network, split site broadcast for August 17, with a Boxing After Dark tripleheader and a live fight on HBO Latino, as well.

Cleverly: BHop doesn't want me or Kovalev

Nathan Cleverly says that he wasn't surprised to get an August fight with Sergey Kovalev instead of Hopkins facing the Russian, because he doesn't think the 48-year-old legend wants to face either of them yet.

Kovalev: I took the first world title shot offered

Sergey Kovalev had a quick turnaround from beating Cornelius White last weekend, as first he was named IBF mandatory challenger, and then accepted a fight instead against WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly.

Cleverly: It's my lightning against his thunder

WBO light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly is excited for his August 17 matchup with Sergey Kovalev, which will mark his first fight on HBO.

Cleverly-Kovalev finalized for Aug. 17

Main Events says they have finalized a deal for Sergey Kovalev to go to Wales on August 17 to challenge Nathan Cleverly, with HBO televising the fight.

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