Sergey Kovalev and Blake Caparello both made weight for tomorrow night's HBO-televised WBO light heavyweight title clash in Atlantic City, with each man weighing in one pound under the division limit, at 174 pounds apiece.
Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO) is the big favorite (-900 on the books) to retain his title, as the devastating puncher is being seen by most as a step (at least) too far for Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KO), a talented but comparatively ordinary -- on paper, anyway -- challenger.
Caparello said this week that he doesn't fear Kovalev, but the proof will be in the pudding tomorrow night, not only if maybe he's more nervous than he lets on, but if in fact he can handle Kovalev's power and seemingly superior skill set even if he truly does have the confidence that he can pull off this upset.
The Kovalev-Caparello fight will be one of three bouts televised tomorrow night by HBO Boxing After Dark, with the other two (Brandon Rios vs Diego Chaves and Jessie Vargas vs Anton Novikov) taking place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, a Top Rank card. Kovalev-Caparello, of course, is being promoted by Main Events.