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Sergey Kovalev's miraculous journey lost in hype of Bernard Hopkins' potential feat

By Kevin Iole,   Yahoo Sports

It's been only a bit more than five years, but it seems as if Sergey Kovalev had been wandering the boxing wilderness for a lifetime.

The WBO light heavyweight champion is finishing preparations for the fight of his lifetime on Saturday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall against WBA/IBF champion Bernard Hopkins.

But it was odd at the beginning of his career to see the Russian-born fighter looking for bouts throughout the southern U.S., fighting in non-traditional boxing outposts such as Greensboro, N.C., Columbia, S.C., and Lafayette, La.

It's a long way from fighting guys like Michael Birthmark, Ayodeji Fadeyi and Micky Stackhouse, as Kovalev was doing in 2009, to meeting one of the greatest boxers ever to lace on a pair of gloves. Kovalev had his doubts whether the mega-fight he so desperately wanted would ever materialize, but he knew that if manager Egis Klimas could deliver it, he'd be prepared. Kovalev, along with considerable help from Klimas and shrewd promoting by Kathy Duva, has put himself in a perfect position. He's 25-0-1 with 23 knockouts and while the buildup to....

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