Sergey Kovalev was born on April 2, 1983 in Kopeysk, Russia. His first visit to the boxing gym was at the age of 11 when one of his childhood friends invited him to join a boxing club near school. Sergey quickly discovered his potential driven by strong work ethic and crushing power.
In 1997, Kovalev debuted at the Russian National Championship immediately taking gold medal in the middleweight juniors division. Sergey’s power and decisiveness in the ring earned him spots in the finals of many tournaments as an amateur boxer.