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Image result for kovalev vs mikhalkinAs it often happens when friends fight one another, we do not get very interesting results in the boxing world.  This was the case last night on HBO Boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) tore up the face of his friend Igor Mikhalkin (21-2, 9 KO’s), and won by 7th round TKO victory.  In the first 2 rounds, Kovalev almost looked reluctant to unload his usual arsenal towards Mikhalkin, and that may have very well been the case.  Need the less, he did win every single round in this fight.  After the second round, Mikhalkin’s face looked to become target practice for Kovalev, even though Mikhalkin did have dos moments here and there.  Mikhalkin, being the slick boxer that he is, did land sporadically on Kovalev’s face, but with virtually no power behind his shots.If he did have some power, this would have made for a more interesting fight.  Kovalev however, did open up 2 gruesome cuts under Mikhalkin’s right eye and on the bridge of his nose via accumulated punishment, and the referee was forced to stop the fight under doctors orders in the 7th round.

The co-feature was a very one sided fight as well, as Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) defeated Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO in the 12th round.  Bicol was the faster and stronger puncher and won every round of the fight, as Barrera struggled to find and answer for his offense.  Bivol slowed down a bit in the middle rounds, but was ultimately able to dispose of Barrera in the final round.  Bicol landed a power jab which stunned Barrera in the 12th, and followed it up with a jab and a monster right cross the the temple, which put Barrera down.  Barrera beat the count, getting up at 9, but the fight was stopped by the referee, as Barrera clearly had nothing left.  Bicol remains undefeated, and close to the top of the Light Heavyweight division.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for miguel cottoIt was a bitter sweet moment this past Saturday night, when we watched a legend put the gloves on one las time.  We expected a show, and Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KO’s) delivered.  Sadly, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KO’s), but he went out with a bang, and with class.  Miguel reiterated that even with the loss in what was his final fight, he would not return to the ring, he would stay home and focus on his family.  The sure fire hall of famer looked sad to leave the boxing world in his rear view mirror, but he said said over and over that now it is his turn to be there for his family, just as they have stuck by his side throughout his boxing career.

After a feel out first round for both fighters, things started heating up in the second.  Salam Ali hurt Cotto badly with a right hand and had him on wobbly legs.  Later in the round Ali went down on what looked like a knockdown, but was in fact a slip.  Cotto came back strong in the third, outlander Ali, but still looked a bit bothered by Ali’s hand speed.  Back and forth they would go, as again in the 4th, Ali stunned Cotto with a huge left hook, and had him dazed momentarily.  In the 6th, Cotto turned the tables with a huge right hand of his own, and had Ali trapped in the corner.  Ali would escape the round with a brilliant left hook counter, that got Cotto out of his face.

Cotto also had a huge 7th round, but in the 8th, things would start to turn in Ali’s favor.  For some reason, Cotto stopped throwing in the 8th round.  We would later learn that Cotto tore his left bicep, and it sure looked that way after the fight.  The bicep curled up and looked ads if it was in the wrong place on his arm.  Without the left arm at his disposal, Cotto lost his money much, which is his left hook.  In the 10th, Ali hurt Cotto again with a big left hook, and Cotto spent the rest of the round running.  Ali, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency in a close fight, came out guns blazing in the 11th, showing lightning quick combinations.

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In the final round of Cotto’s career, Ali’s speed would prove to be too much against the wounded veteran.  The 12th round was a toss up, and if given to Cotto, the fight would have ended in a draw.  Cotto did outland Ali in the final frame, but Ali landed the more meaningful punches, and just looked better in general.  The final scores were as follows:  Julie Lederman had it 115-113 (Ali), Eric Marlinski had it 116-112 (Ali), and Steve Weisfeld had it 115-113 (Ali).  The final push stats read as follows:  Cotto landed 163 of 536 (30%) while Ali landed 139 f 647 (21%).  The difference in the fight was the power punches.  Ali landed 122 of 373 (33%), while Cotto landed 108 of 322 (34%).  Ali was the busier fighter and he got the nod.  This could have easily been a draw, as the final round was a 50-50 call.  Never the less, the legend went out with a bang, and we thank him for that.  Salam Ali becomes the new WBO Junior Middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE