We Ask Promoter Duva, Alvarez Rematch Next For Kovalev, or Naw?

After a Sunday CATSCAN showed no brain abnormalities, promoter Kathy Duva talked with her Russin standout, the light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, who ate some right hands that he couldn’t digest, from Eleider Alvarez on Saturday night in Atlantic City.

It was and will be one of the top-most upsets of the year, though maybe it shouldn’t be regarded as such, being that maybe the word was out on Alvarez, if you judge by how he was avoided by some folks, like Adonis Stevenson.

“Sergey already told me he has no desire to end his career like that so he will rest for a while and then we will make a plan to go forward. He fought brilliantly,” Duva told me. “But his conditioning failed him again. Personally, I think he needs to bring in someone with experience training older athletes. I know that Tom Brady, for example, does not eat or train or play the same way that he did in his 20’s. And neither should Sergey.”

People are but of course curious.

Would Sergey come right back, after some restup time, and take aim at Alvarez again? Too early to say whether you book an interim fight or jump back into the pool with the Alvarez shark in it?

“Yep,” Duva told me on Tuesday. “Everyone but me is on vacation right now. We will regroup and discuss in September.”

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