Gennady Kovalev

Gennady Gennadiyevich Kovalev (Russian: Геннадий Геннадиевич Ковалёв; born 17 May 1983 in Kropotkin, Krasnodar Krai) is a boxer from Russia.

Gennady Kovalev
Personal information
Full nameГеннадий Геннадиевич Ковалёв
Nationality Russia
Born (1983-05-17) May 17, 1983 (age 38)
Kropotkin, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Weight classLight Welterweight
ClubRossiyskiy Sportivnyy Studencheskiy
Medal record
World Amateur Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Bangkok Bantwamweight
Silver medal – second place 2007 Chicago Light Welterweight
European Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Pula Bantamweight
Silver medal – second place 2002 Perm Bantamweight


Southpaw Kovalev won the silver medal at the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships defeating Bahodirjon Sooltonov but losing to Aghasi Mammadov at bantam, and a gold medal at the 2004 European Amateur Boxing Championships .

He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native country. There he was beaten in the quarterfinals of the Bantamweight (54 kg) division by Cuba's eventual winner Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Now at junior welterweight he won the Russian Championships 2007 against legend Alexander Maletin 37:21. At the World championships he beat Bradley Saunders to reach the finals but lost to defending Kazakh champion Serik Sapiyev 5:20.

After his boxing career, Kovalev has found success as a professional MMA fighter, going 5-1 as a professional.[1]

World amateur championships resultsEdit

2003 (as a bantamweight)

2007 (as a Light welterweight)

Olympic resultsEdit

2004 (as a bantamweight)

2008 (as a Light welterweight)


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  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Gennady Kovalyov". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.