Caparello lands world title fight

Neil Devey

Melbourne's Blake Caparello is the latest Australian boxer to land a huge international title fight.

The unbeaten 27-year-old will face World Boxing Organisation light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24 wins, one draw) in Atlantic City on August 2 (August 3 WA time).

It's a massive jump for Caparello (19 wins, one draw) to go in against the big-punching Russian but his manager Brendan Bourke says he is undaunted.

"He's a slick boxer and will ask him a lot of questions," Bourke said. "He's not going to allow Kovalev to come straight forward."

Caparello's world title shot follows on from Sam Soliman defeating IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm in Germany, while also at 160lb Daniel Geale challenges Gennady Golovkin for the WBA 'super' title and Jarrod Fletcher faces Danny Jacobs for the WBA 'regular' belt, both in New York.

WBC super-middleweight Sakio Bika is ready to announce his next defence in the next few weeks, while Perth light-middleweight Daniel Dawson is also set for a massive contest in America.

He is near naming the date of his clash against former WBA champion Austin Trout, believed to be in early August.