Gabriel Campillo Faces Sergey Kovalev in Light Heavyweight Main Event
The NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night Series will return to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 21st, with light heavyweights Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1, 18 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (18-0-1, 16 KOs) hooking up in the main event. This show marks the second trip to Sands Casino for Fight Night, with the first being a sellout in June that saw Gabriel Rosado score an impressive stoppage of the gritty Sechew Powell.
"Campillo has arguably beaten two world champions and the number one contender without receiving the decisions," said Kathy Duva of Main Events, which is a co-promoter of the Fight Night Series. "After he stopped Darnell Boone on NBCSN in June, Kovalev stated that he is ready to fight for the world title. On September 21st, he will get the opportunity to prove to the world that he is worthy in a very tough fight. A win for Campillo would put him right back into the title picture."
Campillo is managed by top three pound-for-pound fighter Sergio Martinez, and he is promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz, who performs the same job for Martinez.
"Campillo is very happy about this fight. This is well deserved,” Lewkowicz remarked. “He got robbed in his last 3-4 fights, including Vegas, Germany and Texas. Campillo will spend the next two months training very hard with manager Sergio Martinez and trainer Pablo Sarmiento. He is a very tough fighter. This will be a great fight, and I guarantee that no one in that arena will know who the winner will be until the end."
Fighting out of Madrid, Campillo last fought in February, suffering a controversial split decision loss to IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud. In fact, all four of his losses have not been clear cut, with three being via split decision and the fourth by majority decision. The former WBA Light Heavyweight Titleholder is currently considered a top three fighter in his weight class.
Kovalev is undefeated in 19 career fights, with 16 of those victories coming by knockout. He last fought on the previous Fight Night card at Sands Casino in June, registering a second round TKO of Darnell Boone.
One additional fight announced for the September 21st show is a welterweight showdown between local favorite Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12 KOs) and Antwone Smith (21-4-1, 12 KOs), with Cruz defending his WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship Belt. Cruz won the title at Sands Casino in June, when he secured a 12-round unanimous decision over Prenice Brewer.