It is a major night in the light heavyweight division on Saturday as two of the world titles at 175lbs are hanging in the balance at Madison Square Garden in New York.Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1) features the occasion as he protects his WBO lash against Igor Mikhalkin (21-1) with the champion going in as the mind-boggling top choice.All the more intriguingly, energizing yet untested youth Dmitry Bivol (12-0) ventures up in class against the great Cuban Sullivan Barrera (21-1) in Bivol’s first enormous trial of his short profession.
Kovalev vs Mikhalkin
When:Saturday at 10:05 pm ET
TV: HBO, BoxNation (UK)
The victors are relatively sure to meet at some stage, and if the bookies are to be trusted, that implies we will be dealt with to a Kovalev versus Bivol slug-fest in the close future.Mikhalkin is a southpaw and Kovalev hasn’t battled a non-universal adversary in four years. All things considered, Kovalev effortlessly took care of that task when he halted Blake Caparello in the third round in of their August 2014. The most alarming part of Mikhalkin’s predicament lies in his absence of punching power.
In 22 proficient battles, Mikhalkin has just nine stoppage wins. Indeed, he hasn’t had a KO/TKO win in right around three years. For Mikhalkin, that traverse covers five years. Mikhalkin has never been ceased in his vocation, however this could be the first occasion when he doesn’t see the finish of an expert session.
Mikhalkin is making a noteworthy stride up in rivalry, while the enormously favorited Kovalev is taking his second sequential delicate touch since losing consecutive battles to Ward.
Kovalev may take a few rounds to discover the planning against the fairly precarious southpaw, at the end of the day he’ll break Mikhalkin behind his capable punch and evil right cross. Kovalev wins through fifth-round TKO.n the headliner, Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO) safeguards his WBO 175-pound title against Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KO). Kovalev came in at 174.6 pounds, with Mikhalkin at a trim 172.6, well under the point of confinement, which is the least recorded weight of Mikhalkin’s 10-and-a-half-year genius vocation.
The co-highlight pits WBA “world” titleholder Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KO) against top contender Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KO). Bivol tipped the scales at 174.4, with Barrera at 173.6, which is the thing that he said something his prevail upon Joe Smith Jr last May, so the generally low weight is no huge astonishment for him.
The show begins at 10:05 pm ET on HBO, and Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round scope for the two battles around then.