Kovalev Camp Notes


Camp Notes From Trainer John David Jackson on IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev

By: Raymundo Dioses

In defense of his IBF light heavyweight title, Sergey Kovalev is currently conducting his training in the high altitude setting of Big Bear, California under the guidance of trainer John David Jackson.  Kovalev is set to face challenger Andre Ward on November 19, 2016 in an HBO Pay-Per-View event live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

“Things are going real well, Sergey is on schedule,” said trainer Jackson to of his pugilistic prizefighter.  “We’re doing a lot of conditioning right now and just going over strategy watching Ward fights, picking him apart and seeing what he does best. He is a very intelligent fighter, I did not realize how intelligent was until I watched him and studied him.  He’s a good fighter.”

Kovalev is coming off a decision win against Isaac Chilemba in July 2016.  Chilemba was just the second Kovalev opponent to go the 12 round distance in a fight that took place in the Russian’s hometown of Ekaterinburg. 

“For this fight I do, after the last fight I told him I needed him more focused and listen to his team more… So for this right here he’s giving me his all and he’s giving me a chance to really mold him and make him the complete fighter he needs to be for this fight.”

Plans are for Kovalev to soon move training camp to Oxnard, California. 

“We’ve been here for three weeks, we’re here two weeks more.  That’s five weeks total and then we go down to Oxnard for the final four weeks,”

Kovalev Ward Showdown - 11/19, Las Vegas


By: Raymundo Dioses

IBF Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is all set to defend his title against Andre Ward on November 19, 2016 in what is being anticipated as the biggest fight of the year when the two clash at the newly constructed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The HBO pay-per-view televised event will represent the Russian native’s fifth IBF title defense since winning the strap in November 2014 when he dethroned light-heavyweight icon and future Hall of Fame inductee Bernard Hopkins. 

Kovalev, (30-0-1, 26KO) began his career in 2009 and has quickly become one of the most popular IBF champions in recent times due to his punching power and exciting fighting style.  Kovalev, a Los Angeles resident, was present at this month’s Roman Gonzalez/Carlos Cuadras bout at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California and when shown on HBO cameras, the crowd roared in applause. 

“It’s a big moment in my career.  I want to thank all of the people who are involved with this fight, my promoter Kathy Duva, Roc Nation and HBO Pay-Per-View.  Thank you to all of my fans.  It will be a fight to remember; one for the history books.  I just want to give the fans a really great fight in Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View.”

For Ward, (30-0, 15KO) the fight against Kovalev will be the career super middleweight’s first attempt at an IBF title in a career littered with championships since his professional debut in 2004.  The fight against Kovalev will also represent Ward’s second professional bout at the light heavyweight division. 

“I want to thank everyone who is associated with this event—the good, the bad, the press, all of it.  Obviously HBO, Peter Nelson, Roc Nation, Main Events, everyone who’s associated with it.  It’s hard to thank everybody.  It’s a lot of people that you guys know of that worked on this fight to get it done.  There’s a lot of different nuances that go into getting a fight like this done, but it’s done.  That’s what we should all focus on.”

Kovalev vs. Ward will represent the 69th IBF light heavyweight title fight.


Sergey Kovalev 2014- Present

Bernard Hopkins 2013-2014

Tavoris Cloud 2009-2013

Chad Dawson 2008-2009

Antonio Tarver 2008

Clinton Woods 2005-2008

Glen Johnson 2004-2005

Antonio Tarver 2003-2004

Roy Jones Jr. 2000-2003

*The First International Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight Champion was Michael Spinks, 1984

IBF Statement on Professional Boxers Competing in Olympics


June 20, 2016 – Springfield, NJ- Last week the IBF’s Executive Officers and Board of Directors conferred to discuss the organizations stance on AIBA’s and the IOC’s decision to allow professional boxers to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  Preliminary discussions were held during the IBF’s annual convention this past May in Beijing, China where IBF Medical Committee member and ringside physician, Dr. Paul Wallace presented the organization with a letter sent to AIBA’s President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, by Dr. Raymond Monsell, Chairman of the Association of Ringside Physicians and Dr. Larry Lovelace, President of the Association of Ringside Physicians.  In the letter the doctors address the dangers faced by an amateur boxer competing against a professional boxer.  In particular they reference skill level, the difference in scoring amateur bouts vs. professional bouts and the use of head gear.

Upon reviewing the medical opinions put forth in this letter, and conferring with other individuals and organizations involved in the sport, the IBF believes that there is an inherent risk with professionals competing against amateurs. While the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championships Contests do not specifically address professional boxers competing against amateur boxers, the organization will apply its rules 5 and 14 in addressing any situation where an IBF Champion or fighter rated by the IBF chooses to compete as a boxer in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.   The rules are as follows:

Rule 5 of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contest cites:

“A Champion and Challenger must at all times set high ideals and act in a sportsmanlike manner. Any action by a Champion, Challenger promoter, manager or cornerman which reflects poorly on the IBF/USBA or the sport of boxing will subject the contestant to the imposition of discipline and penalties. The provisions of Rule 14 will be applied to any such situation.”

 Rule 14 of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contest cites:

“Should any Champion or Challenger be found in violation of any of the rules of the IBF/USBA, he may be removed from the rankings for a period of not less than one (1) year. Should any Champion, Challenger, promoter, cornerman or manager be found to have acted in an unsportsmanlike or unprofessional manner as provided in Rule 5 (IBF and USBA championship, elimination and unification bouts) by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, the Champion or the Challenger may be subject to fine, forfeiture of monies, vacation of title, lowering or removal from the ratings or any other discipline directed by the Board of Directors. Any boxer, promoter, cornerman or manager subjected to discipline under this rule has a right to appeal the finding of a violation or the imposition of discipline, or both, under Rule 12, Appeal Procedure.”

Essentially, an IBF Champion or fighter included in the IBF ratings that chooses to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will be found in violation of rule 5.  Their participation in these games will be considered unsportsmanlike behavior due to the potential risks involved with amateur boxers competing against professional boxers.  An IBF Champion found in violation of rule 5 will have the title vacated and will be removed from the ratings for one year, and an IBF rated fighter will be removed from the ratings for one year.

“Making this decision was not difficult for us. We felt it was important for the IBF to get involved and take a stance against professional boxers competing against amateurs due to safety concerns as part of our commitment to this sport is to promote the health and well-being of the boxers,” noted IBF President Daryl Peoples.

IBF Convention Beijing 2016


The IBF 33rd Annual Convention will take place from May 23 - May 27, 2016 at the Hotel Nuo in Beijing, China.  We are looking forward to this great event and hope that you can join us.

Below are details regarding all the pertinent information related to the convention. Additionally, a convention website has been created which contains all the pertinent information,  You can also visit this site via the Convention Tab on this website by clicking Registration.

Covention Registration: Please register by April 15

Use this link to register for the convention.  The registration fee is $100 for IBF members and $150 for non-members. We highly encourage you to register via the special registration site created for this convention.  It will facilitate the onsite registration process and our preparation process. Please wait until February 17 as the Chinese New Year is being celebrated and we have a few things remaining to work out with this site. If you can’t register online or by the deadline date please contact Jeanette Salazar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hotel Reservations:

Hotel Nuo

No. 2A Jiangtai Road Chaoyang District Beijing 100016 P.R China
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Use the above link to go to the Hotel Nuo room reservations page.  Once there input your check in/out date, how many rooms and persons and click on more options.  In the Promo Code box input: GMIBFPRO.  This will generate the IBF discount. Continue with reservation process from that point.

Airline Reservations:

Star Alliance the above link for airline reservations and discounted rate.  Registered Event participants to the Event qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.  The participating airlines for this Event are: ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, SWISS, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Star Alliance Round the World fares. The following Star Alliance airlines are offering special discounts for travel to/from Japan: Special Offers for Japan are available from: Turkish Airlines, Air New Zealand. To obtain these discounts for travel to/from Japan please contact the respective Star Alliance member airlines’ booking office. Contact details can be found on under “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts”. Please quote the following Event code CA05S16 for ticket reservation.

Journal Ads & SARB Raffles: Please submit purchase and submit ads by April 18!/33rd-Annual-Convention/c/15598088/offset=0&sort=priceAsc

Use this link to purchase Ads for the convention journal and buy SARB raffles. The prizes are Registration Fee for 1 person for Convention 2017, One hotel night at the site for Convention 2017, Money Hat ($100 Value), Collections of Assorted IBF/USBA Logo Merchandise. Please keep in mind the Journal Ads and SARB raffles when registering for the convention.

Post-Convention Tours:

Use this link to book tours after the convention with China International Travel Services.  There are several options from 1 – 5 day tours.

Airport Transfers in Beijing:

Visit the convention registration page to make these arrangements.  Click on the tab for Pick up/See off service. Review the schedule of service. Click on the email link and provide your name, date, flight number and airline, and the time you would like the service.

IBF Flyweight Champ Amnat Ruenroeng Honored

Congratulations to IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng on receiving the Thailand Professional Athlete of the Year award from the Sports Authority of Thailand on December 28,2015. A well deserved distinction!

IBF Statement on Heavyweight Title


Springfield, NJ, December 9, 2015 – The IBF Heavyweight World Title, which was won by Tyson Fury on November 28, 2015 when he beat the reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko in an optional defense of this title, was vacated on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by the IBF as Tyson Fury is unable to make the mandatory defense of the IBF title against challenger Vyacheslav Glaskov because he is contractually obligated to a rematch with Klitschko, which is in direct violation of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests. 

     On November 30, 2015, the IBF reminded Tyson Fury via an email in care of Hennessy Sports that the bout on November 28 was considered a mandatory defense of both the WBA and WBO Heavyweight titles and that his next bout was to be the IBF mandatory defense against Vyacheslav Glazkov, the #1 contender and the leading available contender for the IBF mandatory defense.  This bout was due next in the rotation of mandatory defenses of the titles.  Furthermore, Fury was informed that negotiations with Glazkov should commence immediately and be concluded by December 30, 2015. He was advised that if an agreement was not reached between the two parties by December 30, 2015, the IBF would call for a purse bid.  Glazkov’s promoter Main Events was copied on this letter.

     On December 1, 2015, the IBF received a letter via email from Patrick C. English on behalf of Main Events indicating that Main Events was unwilling to negotiate and requested that the IBF order an immediate purse bid in accordance with Rule 10.A. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests.  Rule 10.A. cites in part: “If the camps are unable to come to an agreement as to the promotion of a title bout in the initial thirty (30) day negotiation period, or if one of the camps certifies in writing during the negotiation period that he is not willing to participate in negotiations, the President of the IBF/USBA shall notify each registered promoter that a purse offer will be held.”  Accordingly, the IBF ordered a purse bid to be held on December 11, 2015.

     Following the title fight between Klitschko and Fury, the IBF became aware for the first time that there was a contractual agreement between both fighters for an immediate rematch. There were no provisions for any rematch in the contracts which were submitted to the IBF prior to the IBF agreeing to sanction the Klitschko vs. Fury bout.  Rule 3.B. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests states:  “No contract for a Championship contest shall contain any clause or any provision, whatsoever, guaranteeing or in any way assuring or promising either contestant a return Championship contest where such clause or provision interferes with the mandatory defense of a title.”  Had the IBF been aware of a clause in the contract that violated this rule, the parties would have been mandated to agree in writing to stage this rematch after the completion of the IBF mandatory defense.  If the parties did not agree, the title fight with Tyson Furywould not have been sanctioned by the IBF.

     In a letter sent to the IBF by Harbottle & Lewis, the legal counsel retained by Hennessy Sports and Tyson Fury, the IBF was asked to consider and exercise their discretion under the IBF’s regulations and direct that an immediate rematch for the IBF Championship take place between Fury and Klitschko.  This rematch is in direct violation of an IBF rule and the IBF will not order a rematch under these circumstances.

     Wladimir Klitschko has exercised his right to the contractual option agreed upon between himself and Tyson Fury for an immediate rematch, thus rendering Tyson Fury unable to make the mandatory defense of the IBF title next. The direct rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury interferes with the mandatory defense of the IBF Heavyweight title and is in violation of  Rule 3.B. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests.  Consequently, the title has been vacated in accordance to Rule 3.C.2. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests which states: “Upon violation of this Rule, the Championship involved shall forthwith be declared vacant.”

     On December 8, 2015 the IBF ordered #1, Vyacheslav Glazkov and #4, Charles Martin to begin negotiations for the vacant Heavyweight title.  The IBF received a written certification from Warriors Boxing who represents Martin, stating that he was not willing to participate in negotiations and therefore requested an immediate purse bid according to IBF Rule 10A.  The purse bid had been scheduled Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12 Noon.