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Tonight, Saturday August 4th 2018, Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against his toughest opponent to date in Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) will defend the WBA Light Heavyweight title against Isaac Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KO’s).  Also on the card, Frank Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KO’s) will be in action against Alex Duarte (13-5-1, 10 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 28 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-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, UD (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBAsuper & IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward #2  —  Loss, TKO *th round (12), 6/17/17.

 

ELEIDER ALVAREZ

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-Record:  23 – 0 – 0, 11 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  75″

-Notable Fights

  • Isaac Chilemba  —  Win, MD (12), 11/28/15.
  • Lucian Bute  —  Win, TKO 5th round (12), 2/24/17.
  • Jean Pascal  —  Win, MD (12), 6/3/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Frank Galarza  —  def  —  Alex Duarte  —  via  —  Decision

Dmitry Bivol  —  def  —  Isaac Chilemba  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Eleider Alvarez  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for whyte vs browneToday on Sky Sports and HBO Boxing after dark, we had a special Heavyweight attraction, as Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KO’s) absolutely destroyed Lucas Brown (25-1, 22 KO’s).  Whyte was almost a 2-1 favorite to win the fight, but fought like a 30-1 favorite after the opening bell.  Whyte won every round before eventually knocking Lucas Brown’s head off in the 6th.  The first round was a feel out round between the two, but Whyte won it anyhow.  Whyte started punching to the body in the second round, something that he has been known to do quite effectively.  In fact, Whyte lands the second most body punches in the heavyweight division, behind only Joseph Parker who we will see next week against Anthony Joshua.

Whyte also opened up a cut over Brown’s left eye in that second round.  From then on the blood would poor, perhaps altering the vision of Brown.  The third through fifth rounds were more of the same, as Whyte sustained an effective body attack, which really opened up the head.  In the 6th round, Whyte landed a combination, which slightly threw Brown off.  After that, he landed a right hand followed by a delayed left hook, which knocked Brown out cold.  Brown was on the canvas for several minutes before he was able to get up, and when he was, he had on an oxygen mask.  After the fight, Whyte called out Deontay Wilder, telling the WBC champ, “I’m ready.”  Whyte remains the WBC Silver belt holder, which could possibly mean that he will be Wilder’s next mandatory challenger.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE