Kathy Duva has a big, big 2016 in mind for light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev if things go her way. Duva, who has already negotiated a late 2016 fight between Kovalev and Andre Ward, has upped the ante by offering Adonis Stevenson a 50/50 split for a June fight with Kovalev. This proposed unification fight would put Stevenson's WBC title on the line against Kovalev's WBO, WBA, and IBF titles.
"We are targeting Ward for the fourth quarter of 2016, but we also have a contract out to Yvon Michel for Kovalev to fight Stevenson at a 50/50 split of all net proceeds in June." Duva exclusively told World Boxing News.
"It is now up to Adonis and his management to decide if they want the fight, but if I get my way both fights will happen."
This offer that Duva has extended to Stevenson seems perfectly fair at face value, but there still could be a network issue to resolve. It's not an obstacle that can't be overcome by any means, but both sides will have to want to do it. Duva does, however, issue a warning should Stevenson not accept the fight before Kovalev takes on Ward:
"Obviously, if Sergey wins the Ward fight (after Stevenson declines the June bout), the 50/50 split for Stevenson will be off the table. And if Sergey is not successful, the interest in Kovalev-Stevenson just won't be there anymore.
"So it's now or most likely never and I hope we can get it done," she added.
A fight between Kovalev and Stevenson is clearly the biggest fight that can be made in the division and one that fans have been clamoring for during the past couple of years. And for Duva to attempt to schedule fights against both Stevenson and Ward in the same year really says a lot about the supreme confidence she has in her fighter -- and really, at this point, why wouldn't she?! Kovalev has looked like a complete monster recently.