Boxing star Sergey Kovalev arrested for drink driving ahead of assault trial

Former boxing world champion Sergey Kovalev was arrested for drink driving in the early hours of Monday morning, according to reports.

Kovalev, 36, was last in action against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez back in November, where he was knocked out by the Mexican after 11 rounds.

The Russian received a career-high purse for his clash with boxing’s biggest cash cow, taking home a reported $3m [£2m].

But almost four months on from his mega-fight under the Las Vegas lights, Kovalev now finds himself in a desperate position.

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According to TMZ Sports, the two-time world light-heavyweight champion was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles early on Monday morning.

He is said to have been pulled over at roughly 2am by the California Highway Patrol, who arrested him for being under the influence of alcohol.

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Kovalev was subsequently taken to a nearby police station and got off with a caution.

Records indicate the boxing star was released by cops at around 7:35am.

The incident came at the worst time imaginable for Kovalev, who is currently at the centre of a felony assault case having been accused of brutalising a woman in 2018.

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He has been accused of attacking Jamie Frontz, who claims the former 175lbs champion turned violent after rejecting her advances in Big Bear, California.

If convicted for assault, Kovalev faces up to four years in prison.

He has plead not guilty, nevertheless, and will be fighting the case.

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Kovalev’s trial date was supposed to be scheduled last month, only for the judge to delay his next pre-trial hearing until April 8 and not set a trial date – according to San Bernardino County online court records.

It is believed the delay is due to Kovalev being represented by a new attorney, Keith Bruno.

Court records suggest he has relieved attorney Dmitry Gorin, who had originally been representing him in the case.

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