This Saturday night, live on HBO Boxing at 9:30 PM ET time, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KO’s) squares off against his mandatory contender Nadjib “Irondjib” Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KO’s).  Kovalev will be defending his WBAsuper, IBF, and WBO Light Heaveyweight titles, and the fight will take place in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  Here is the breakdown and my predictions for Saturday nights main event:

SERGEY KOVALEV

-Record:  27 – 0 – 1, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 pounds)

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/8/14.  (Won IBF & WBAsuper Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Jean Pascal  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 3/14/15.  (Retained IBF, WBAsuper, & WBO Light Heavyweight Titles)

Kovalev has been on a roll against top tier opponents in the Light Heavyweight division.  He is fighting all the best available to him, and mowing them down one by one.  His last 6 fights have come against top 10 ranked opponents in the Light Heavyweight division, and he has knocked out all of them except the legendary Bernard Hopkins.  No reason to think that he will let up or slow down against Mohammedi.

NADJIB MOHAMMEDI

-Record:  37 – 3, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 pounds)

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Anatoly Dudchenko  —  Win TKO 7th round (12), 2014.

Mohammedi is relatively unknown here in the United States.  He was last seen on the undercard of Hopkins VS Kovalev, and won by KO victory in the first round.  In 2014, after defeating Dudchenko, he earned the right to fight Bernard Hopkins for his titles, but it never happened with Hopkins losing to Kovalev.  So now Mohammedi get the same shot against Kovalev, but with even more titles on the line.

Prediction:

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Nadjib Mohammedi  —  via  —  TKO 10th round.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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