Former boxing champ Sergey Kovalev has been arrested in Los Angeles for drunk driving, according to reports.
The 36-year-old fighter — who lost his light heavyweight title to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last November — was stopped around 2 a.m. Monday by California Highway Patrol, ESPN said, citing an arrest report.
The trooper then arrested him for DUI and Kovalev was booked at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys jail without incident, ESPN said.
The Russian pugilist was released at 7:35 a.m. on his own recognizance, according to TMZ.
It is just the latest legal trouble for the fighter who faces up to four years in prison for a felony assault charge stemming from a June 2018 incident in which he allegedly punched a woman in the face, ESPN noted.
He denies the charges in that case set for an April 8 pretrial hearing.
Last July he was also removed from a flight after being accused of grabbing and kissing a woman he also threw cash at, leaving her in tears and alerting airline personnel.
Kovalev’s promoter, Main Events, declined to comment to ESPN, and his manager, Egis Klimas, did not return messages.