ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2015)–Undefeated WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev will present the trophy for today’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which will be run as the eighth race on an 11-race card at The Great Race Place. Projected post time for the 78th running of the Santa Anita Derby is 3:38 p.m., PDT.
Born April 2, 1983 in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Kovalev currently resides in Sherman Oaks. Undefeated in 28 bouts, Kovalev, at 175 pounds, is one of the most feared fighters in the world today with 24 knockouts to his credit.
Named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 2014, Kovalev defeated former champion Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision on Nov. 8 in Atlantic City, retaining his WBO Light Heavyweight title and winning the IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight titles. In his most recent bout, Kovalev defeated Jean Pascal via TKO in the eighth round on March 14 in Montreal.
Kovalev, who is currently represented by Main Events, will watch the Derby Day races from one of Santa Anita’s Luxury Suites. First post time is at 12 noon and today’s Santa Anita Derby will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.