Sergey Kovalev will showcase his explosive punching power again next month, live on Sky Sports.
The Russian produced his career-best win over Bernard Hopkins in November and will put his WBA, IBF and WBO titles on the line against Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal on March 14.
Only three opponents have lasted the distance with Kovalev, who is aptly nicknamed ‘Krusher’, and Hopkins was floored in the first round before surviving a brutal late onslaught.
In Pascal, he faces another dangerous opponent, who has proved his appetite for battle against some big names.
The Canadian has shared the ring with the likes of Carl Froch, Hopkins and Chad Dawson, and kept himself in title contention after defeating local favourite Lucian Bute last year at the same venue.
Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva admits her fighter is expecting a stern test against the former WBC light-heavyweight king.
“It’s so nice to be in Canada, where there is a terrific environment, and to be in a place like the Bell Center where we think it’s going to be filled with people,” she said.
“He came to Wales to fight Nathan Cleverly and has no problem going into the hometown of whoever. It makes him excited too.”
Describing Pascal, Duva said: “This is a guy who usually trash talks a lot. He’s not doing it all. He knows this is serious and he’s got to perform.
“Both fighters are going to be at their very best.”
The undercard includes a crucial heavyweight clash, with Steve Cunningham taking on Vyacheslav Glazkov for a possible shot at Wladimir Klitschko.
Duva said: “The winner is going to become a mandatory challenger for the champion by the end of the year, who of course will be the winner of Wladimir Klitschko versus Bryant Jennings, which is taking place in April.”