Russia's Kovalev is coming off of back-to-back defeats at the hands of current light heavyweight king, Andre Ward. His first defeat to Ward came on November 19, 2016, and was considered in some boxing circles to be a controversial, unanimous decision victory for Ward. The June 17, 2017 bout ended decisively in favor of Ward, who scored a TKO victory over the "Krusher" in the eighth round of a twelve round contest.
Shabranskyy's only career loss came at the hands of Sullivan Barrera on December 16, 2016. Barrera knocked out the Ukrainian in the seventh round of a scheduled ten round fight. Most recently, Shabranskyy defeated Todd Unthank May for the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) Light Heavyweight Title on August 4, 2017. Shabranskyy is signed to Golden Boy Promotions.
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