Main-Events and InterBox have announced that the Montréal Bell Centre will host the March 14th 2015 boxing Gala that will feature the reigning unified WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) vs. former WBC, IBO and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs).
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main-Events, received the exception from the IBF that she and Sergey requested and, as a result, the IBF title will be on the line when Kovalev and Pascal square off on March 14th. Mandatory IBF contender Najib Mohammedi will appear on the undercard.
Duva said, “I received a very warm welcome in Montreal when I attended Pascal’s last fight at the Bell Centre. I’m excited to return with Sergey and to work with (Interbox president) Jean Bedard and his staff at Interbox. I’m sure we will put together the best fight card of the year!”
Kovalev is back from a small vacation in Russia and spending quality time with his wife and infant son, who was born right in the middle of his last training camp. After a short rest, Sergey is now ready to start training and is anxious to defend his WBO title for the fifth time, as well as the IBF and WBA titles he wrestled from Bernard Hopkins in a wide unanimous decision win on November 8th.
Following the unfortunate turn of events during his December 6th fight, Pascal is hungrier than ever to attain his ultimate objective of becoming world champion again. Marc Ramsey, who accompanied David Lemieux for his win over Gabriel Rosado, will be back in Pascal’s corner for the March 14th bout. Roy Jones Jr. and Russ Anber will be assisting Pascal during camp and during the bout.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Saturday, December 2oth.