MAIN EVENTS DROPS LAWSUIT OVER FAILED STEVENSON-KOVALEV FIGHT
By Scott Shaffer
With a light heavyweight super fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev now announced for November on HBO, Main Events has dismissed its federal lawsuit againt Adonis Stevenson, Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer, Showtime and others. The lawsuit alleged Stevenson, aided by the other defendants, had breached an agreement for a Stevenson-Kovalev fight on HBO in order to set up a Stevenson-Hopkins fight on the rival Showtime network. New Jersey-based promoter Main Events was the plaintiff in the lawsuit on the basis that as Kovalev's exclusive promoter, it had suffered financial harm. But now that Kovalev-Hopkins is set to become a reality instead of Stevenson-Hopkins, Main Events believes a lawsuit is no longer necessary. Main Events' attorney Patrick English told Boxingtalk, "the circumstances have changed such that Stevenson, not Kovalev, is now on the outside looking in. Assuming all goes according to plan, Main Events no longer has any damages for which to sue."
Earlier today, it was announced that Hopkins, a 49 year-old boxing legend, will take on the undefeated Kovalev in a light heavyweight unification fight. The announcement was made by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events, the boxer's respective promoters, with the news that HBO will broadcast the fight on premium cable, not pay-per-view, as fights of this magnitude usually are.
Hopkins will be just two months short of his 50th birthday on fight night. He is seeking to add Kovalev's WBO belt to the IBF and WBA belts Hopkins currently owns [Stevenson holds the WBC belt and the better claim to the true world championship].