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Kathy Duva says she has a deal for Stevenson vs Kovalev, looking to force September fight

Is Adonis Stevenson vs Sergey Kovalev a dead issue? Yeah, probably, but promoter Kathy Duva isn't ready to let the idea go just yet.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva says she has a deal with GYM promoter Yvon Michel for a September fight between WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who recently defected from HBO to Showtime, and her fighter, WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev.

Duva says the deal had been previously worked out in emails with Michel, with money agreed to and everything. Her lawyer has sent a letter of notification to Michel's lawyer, Leon Margules, who is also a boxing promoter. Margules doesn't believe much can come of it.


"Yes, I've received the letter. But I don't believe that there is a lot of merit in their case, if any. Any comments or issues relating to whether there is a fight or not a fight, you would have to talk to Yvon Michel."

Here's what Duva had to say about the matter:

"We have informed Yvon Michel through his attorney today that we have a deal, and that our deal memo was exchanged on Jan. 24 with all of the terms, and that deal memo referenced the amount of money that we would accept from HBO, and we have that amount of money from HBO. So we expect them to be there and ready to fight according to the terms of this deal. ... We're reserving all of our rights at this point as we explained to them. We have a history of protecting our rights, and we'll reserve all of our options at this point. No decision has been made."

I'm certainly no lawyer, which is my kind way of saying I have no damned clue about any of this, but I wouldn't go expecting this fight to happen because of this. I mean, we'll see, but I'm not sure if crazier things have actually happened or not.

Kovalev fought this past weekend, decimating Cedric Agnew in seven rounds on HBO, while Stevenson is set to return on Showtime on May 24 against Andrzej Fonfara.

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