Kovalev vs Shabranskyy: Vyacheslav Shabranskyy admits his career is on the line against Sergey Kovalev
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 17/11/17 12:32pm
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy believes his world title fight against Sergey Kovalev is "all or nothing" for his career.
The 30-year-old will challenge 'Krusher' for the vacant WBO light-heavyweight strap, at Madison Square Garden, New York, on November 25, live on Sky Sports.
Shabranskyy is not looking too closely at his opponents past achievements and is more concerned producing the best performance of his career.
"This is a very big event. Fighting for a world title - it's all or nothing," he said.
"Right now, I'm not thinking about [Kovalev]. I'm not thinking about what he has done or what he is doing. I'll see him on November 25, and then after the fight, I'll tell you about him.
"I was so excited when I found out this bout would be for a world title. I had accepted the fight before knowing it would be for a world title."
Kovalev will be hoping to reclaim his status as a world champion after suffering back-to-back defeats to Andre Ward within the past 12 months.
The Russian has since departed from long-term trainer John David Jackson as he looks to address the issues which resulted in his first professional losses, but Shabranskyy claims, in contrast, that his settled preparation has given him confidence for victory on the night.
"Dmitry Bivol and David Benavidez have helped me a lot with sparring," he said.
"They come to the gym and they give me real work. We just train real hard and help each other. Its great being able to spar and train with these champions.
"I'm very hungry and prepared to win."
Watch Sergey Kovalev vs Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, from Madison Square Garden, New York, in the early hours of Sunday, November 26, live on Sky Sports.