We are all products of our environment, so the saying goes. In boxing, the merits of that expression are more relevant as many boxers emerge from environments where fighting is part of their existence. A person's future is often moulded by where they are raised. Born in 1983, Sergey Kovalev grew up in the industrial town of Kopeysk in south-east Russia and before he was a teenager he had started to get a taste for fighting. by the early 90’s had started to get a taste for fighting.