The Sergey Kovalev and fight has cleared all hurdles and is a go according to ESPN. The fight was first contingent of Pascal not losing this past Saturday against his opponent Roberto Bolenti. The fight was declared a no contest therefore that part of the bout was upheld. The second part was an exception needed to be granted by the IBF for Kovalev to take a fight in between his mandatory, Nadjib Mohammedi.
That is also taken care off according to the report. Nadjib Mohammedi is also promoted by Main Events. Main Events paid the IBF the standard nonrefundable $20,000 fee for it to consider the request. On Friday, the IBF informed Duva that the exception had been granted.
“All I have to say is that I want to thank the IBF and that Sergey and Main Events are looking forward to kicking off what is sure to be a great promotion with Jean Pascal and our friends up north at InterBox,” Duva told ESPN.com.
According to the report, the exception came with some conditions. First the fight must take place March 14, the contracts for the bout must be submitted to the organization by the close of business Dec. 29, and the contracts must not contain any clause that will interfere with the winner making the mandatory defense in his next fight, which means no rematch clause.
Mohammedi in turn will also likely appear on the Kovalev-Pascal undercard much like he did on the Hopkins-Kovalev bill.