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Postby dasg234 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:49 am

One of the most talked about fights of the year is the looming showdown between pound-for-pound elites Sergey Kovalev, owner of three light heavyweight world title belts and the best 175-pounder on the planet, and Andre Ward, the undefeated former super middleweight world champion who recently moved up in weight.They are signed, sealed and delivered to fight Nov. 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in the main event of an HBO PPV card. The winner will stake his claim to being the worlds pound-for-pound best.But, and theres a big but here: Both have to win interim bouts (or at least draw) to make their showdown official.On Aug. 6 in his hometown of Oakland, California, Ward (29-0, 15 KO) is set to face little-known Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs), of Colombia, at the Oracle Arena. But Kovalev is up first for his interim bout.He has fought most of his career in the United States, but Kovalev returns home for only his third professional fight in Russia when he will defend his belts against contender Isaac Chilemba on Monday (HBO, 10:15 p.m. ET/PT, same-day tape delay) at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs), who will be making his eighth title defense, has wanted to fight in Russia again and was very happy when Main Events promoter Kathy Duva was able to broker a deal to place the fight only a couple of hours by car from his hometown.I am so excited to fight in my home country of Russia, Kovalev said. It gives me great pride to bring my titles home at last. ...It truly feels as if the entire country is behind my back in this fight, said Kovalev, 33, who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. I can tell Im fighting at home. This support means a lot for me.But while there might be some hometown pressure on Kovalev to win and keep the big fight with Ward on course, Chilemba is playing with house money. He has nothing to lose in the biggest opportunity of his career.Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) is coming off a controversial decision loss to Eleider Alvarez in November on Alvarezs turf in Quebec City, but he landed the shot at Kovalev primarily because they are both promoted by Main Events, making it a relatively easy match to put together.I was disappointed after my fight with Alvarez, Chilemba said. When I got the call that this fight was offered you cant believe the joy that came over me. I knew I would get another chance to fight a tough opponent. I have been praying hard and I thank God that I finally got the opportunity.I have gained a lot experience from a lot of hard-fought fights in hometowns of my opponents. I am working on Kovalev. I am going to give him hell and not leave it in the judges hands. Everyone expects it to be an easy fight for him. I will put it all out there to make sure I get the decision.Said Duva: Isaac Chilemba is a legitimate top-10 light heavyweight contender and hes coming to win. He wont be intimidated by the crowd. We know he is focused on the biggest opportunity of his career and well see if he can capitalize on it.Duva is in an odd position because while she promotes both fighters, her company has a lot riding on making sure Kovalev-Ward takes place. But she said whatever happens in the ring Monday is out of her hands.My job is to make good fights, get good opportunities for my fighters, she said. Isaac deserves a title fight. There are a lot of fighters who avoid risk to keep their records intact. We dont sign people here at Main Events who dont want to fight.When I suggest fighters that dont test Sergey, he gets annoyed. He is preparing to face Ward in the fall. He wants to be challenged (before that).Chilemba, 29, who was born on Malawi and fights out of South Africa, would love nothing more than to not only collect Kovalevs belts but to also throw a wrench into the best laid plans for his fight with Ward.I believe in myself. I believe in my abilities as a fighter, Chilemba said. Coming in I am not worried about anything else. Every mistake I have made in my personal life and my boxing life has made me stronger. I am confident. I trust my team and (trainer) Buddy (McGirt). I will be ready. I am where I am meant to be. I believe this is where I am going to show the world who I am and what I am made of. Kovalev is not invincible. He is not God. He is a man just like me. I will be the man to crush the Krusher.I believe I am the antidote to Kovalev. I am walking into this fight with only a few people believing in me. I am going to show the world. The pressure is on him. I love proving people wrong. That pushes me.Kovalev will be boxing in the same arena where he fought the last time he had a fight in Russia. That fight ended in tragedy when he knocked out Roman Simakov in the seventh round in December 2011. Three days later Simakov died as a result of head injuries suffered in the bout, one Kovalev rarely discusses.That was five years ago, I already forgot everything, Kovalev said when sitting down with reporters at an April news conference to announce the fight with Chilemba. Life is great for me now. Were going (to Russia) to do our job, make great fights in boxing. That is what I try to do.Duva said when she made the fight between Kovalev and Chilemba she did not realize at first that it was the same arena where tragedy struck. But when she talked to Egis Klimas, Kovalevs manager, and Kovalev about it, they reassured her it was not an issue.I did ask when I realized and was told by both Egis and Sergey that Sergey had put this in the past and hes not concerned its going to affect him, Duva said. There arent a lot of places near (his hometown) where the fight can take place so this is the biggest and the best one.Chilemba is aware of what happened last time Kovalev fought in Russia and said he has no concerns.Whatever happened at that time is not whats going to happen now, Chilemba said. The pressure is on Kovalev. He will be fighting in his hometown where he hasnt fought in a long time. My focus is on him. My mind is on him only.He needs to show his home people what he is made of. I am happy to go to fight anyone, anywhere, in their backyard, in their own house. I dont care. I will give a show. I am gunning for a win. I dont care where we are fighting. I dont care what Kovalev is made of. 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He was a pleasure to watch.Earlier that year, the well-traveled left-hander pitched 25 games for Triple-A Syracuse -- the top farm team of the Washington Nationals.Hills journey takes him to Nationals Park, where he starts Game 2 of the National League Division Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers against host Washington on Saturday afternoon.I just didnt see it working out here in Washington, Hill said Friday, adding that he was impressed with the Nationals organization.The year for Hill included a trade from the Oakland Athletics, dealing with a blister that put him on the disabled list and being pulled by manager Dave Roberts while he was tossing a no-hitter. Now he tries to give his team a 2-0 lead in the NLDS after a 4-3 victory Friday in which Clayton Kershaw pitched only five innings but earned the victory.I think looking back on it and really is just -- and Ive said this over and over again, is staying in the moment, Hill said of his season. Taking each day as it is and being as productive as I can be within the time I have for every day that I get to play this game. And really, thats the best way that I can sum it up.Hill did not pitch against Washington this year. He last faced the Nationals in 2012 with the Boston Red Sox.The last time the Massachusetts native pitched at Nationals Park was is in 2009 with the Baltimore Orioles.Saturday, he will have to deal with speedy leadoff hitter Trea Turner.Obviously hes an explosive runner and he can do damage on the basepaths, Hill said. This is obviously a very good lineup. Keeping Turner off the basepaths would be a positive.Hill is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Nationals with 17 strikeouts and six walks in 18 2/3 innings.I think the thing thats impressed me most about Rich are two things, Roberts said Friday. One thing is his intent; everything he does every day is for a purpose, and I didnt appreciate that not knowing him. And how intense he is on his pens, not only his start days, but his pens.The other thing I appreciate is admitting his growth as a player, as a person, in the sense that as a young player ... a lot of distractions got to him and things were out of his control. But I think that now when yoou watch Rich and talk to Rich, he lives in the moment.dddddddddddd And I think that lends itself to just pitching with conviction on every single pitch.His only postseason appearance came in Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS as a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was tagged with the loss after giving up six hits and three runs in three innings while striking out three with two walks as the Cubs lost 5-1.Hill, 36, becomes the oldest Dodgers pitcher to start in the playoffs since 40-year-old Greg Maddux took the mound against the New York Mets in the 2006 NLDS.Hill will be opposed by Washington right-hander Tanner Roark, who has also had a nomadic existence as he prepares for his postseason start.He has good stuff, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said.Roark, a 25th-round pick by the Texas Rangers, was used out of the bullpen in 2014 in the NLDS by the Nationals after he won 15 games as a starter.Its definitely a dream come true, Roark said Friday. You know, to get your first start in the postseason. But youve got to go out there and be in confident in everything that I do, and you know, be aggressive and keep doing what I did all during the season. Not change anything and just be myself.Roark was 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 games (33 starts) this year. He was tagged with the loss against the Dodgers on June 21 as he gave up three runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won that game 3-2 during a stretch when the Nationals lost a season-high seven straight games during a West Coast swing.Roark is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in three games (one start) in his career against the Dodgers.The University of Illinois native was told Thursday he would start Game 2.You know, I was obviously very excited to get the Game 2 start at home, he said. And to pitch in front of 42,000 people, its always a good feeling.Roark faces a Dodgers lineup with several left-handed hitters, including prohibitive NL Rookie of the Year favorite Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez.I mean, they have faced me before and Ive faced them before and Ive faced them in previous years, Roark said. 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