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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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This Saturday night March 3rd 2018, there will be a Light Heavyweight division collision, as the weight class tries to re establish itself.  In the main event, Sergey Kovalev (31-2, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight title against Sullivan Berrera (21-1, 14 KO’s).  Also on the card, Frank Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KO’s) and Ed Paredes (38-7-1, 25 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Igor Mikhalkin Tale of The Tape Sergey Kovalev
21 Wins 31
1 Lost 2
9 KOs 27
0 Draws 1
22 Total Fights 34
41% KO% 79%
6’1″ Height 6’0″
 N/A Reach 72″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Irkutsk, Russia Nationality Chelyabinsk, Russia
May 31st, 1985 Date of Birth April 2nd, 1983

 

PREDICTIONS:

Frank Galarza  —  def  —  Ed Paredes  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Sullivan Barrera  —  def  —  Dmitry Bivol  —  via  —  Decision

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Igor Mikhalkin  —  via  —  KO 3rd round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This past Saturday night was a big night in boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO’s) showed the world that he is not yet done, when he decisively defeated Slava Shabranskyy (19-2, 16 KO’s) with a second round TKO victory.  Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KO’s) also resurrected his career with a controversial split decision victory over Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KO’s).   Gamboa was seemingly way behind on the score cards, but somehow got the nod from the judges.  The co-featured bout of the evening was a wild one.  Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KO’s) defeated Felix Valera (15-2, 13 KO’s) after the two fighters traded knockdowns in the first round.  Valera was penalized 3 times for low blows, and ultimately lost on the cards by a huge margin after being thoroughly outboxed by Barrera.  Barrera is now the mandatory contender for Dimitri Bivol’s Light Heavyweight title.

So the question of the night was, which Sergey Kovalev would show up?  The Krusher, or that other guy that lost to Andre Ward twice?  The answer was The Krusher.  Right out of the gate you knew Kovalev was coming to rip someone head off, as he threw a huge right to start the fight.  About halfway through the first round, Kovalev landed a big overhand right that put Shabranskyy on the canvas for the first time in the fight.  Later in the first round, Kovalev landed a right cross/left hook nomination that really hurt Shabranskyy and put him down for the second time in the round.  In the second round, Kovalev nailed Shabranskyy with another right hand that stunned him, and then finished him off with a combination.  Pinned against the ropes and badly hurt was Shabranskyy, so referee Harvey Dock was forced to step in and stop the fight.  Kovalev gets the TKO victory and regains his WBO Light Heavyweight title that he lost to the now retired Andre Ward.

The final punch stats read as follows:  Kovalev landed 50/113 punches (44%), while Shabranskyy landed a mere 16/71 (23%) punches.  Before the fight, Kovalev admitted that he lost his way between the two Ward fights.  He stopped training and stated drinking.  He just wasn’t right.  But he got himself back together, and it sure did show in the ring.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night November 25th 2017, Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KO’s) for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight title.  The fight will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Yuriorkis Gamboa (27-2, 17 KO’s) will square off against Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KO’s) will take on Felix Valera (15-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 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  —  Loss, UD (12), 11/19/16.

 

VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 3″

-Reach:  75″

-Notable Fights

  • Yuniesky Gonzalez  —  Win, MD (10), 12/19/15.
  • Oscar Riojas  —  Win, KO 3rd round (8), 8/19/16.
  • Sullivan Barrera  —  Loss, TKO 7th round (10), 12/16/16.

 

Predictions:

Sullivan Barrera  —  def  —  Felix Valera  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Yuriorkis Gamboa  —  def  —  Jason Sosoa  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Vyacheslav Shabranskyy  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO Boxing, Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KO’s) defeated Sullivan (17-1, 12 KO’s) Barrera via unanimous decision.  On the undercard, Joseph Diaz defeated Jayson Velez also via unanimous decision.  Ward started off fighting very flat footed, trying to generate more power and impress at the Light Heavyweight division, which he had just moved up to.  He was also trying to impress, because Mr Sergey Kovalev just happened to be sitting in the crowd.  Coincidence???  I think not, as Kovalev will probably be Ward’s next opponent.

Andre Ward was very active with the left hand early, utilizing his jab and throwing the left hook quite often.  The first round was a feel out, and then in the second, Ward would start landing more significant shots.  In the third round, Barrera would try to get in a bit closer, and close the gap to make it an inside fight, and for his troubles, he got caught with a perfectly timed shot, right when he was off balance, and it sent him down to the canvas.  The punch did not have that much mustard on it as it initially seemed, but that is the brilliance of Andre Ward.  He threw the right punch at the perfect time, and it sent his opponent down.

Barrera would get up and recover, because he wasn’t really hurt, but that knockdown put him way behind on points very early.  Ward would get a point deducted later on for a completely unintentional low blow, but still win the round.  So technically there was a 9-9 round recorded.  Barrera had no answer for the rest of the fight, because of Andre’s brilliance in the ring, and at times Barrera’s punches weren’t even coming close to landing.  Barrera would win the 11th round, but thats all he would win in the entire fight.  Ward stays undefeated, as Barrera takes his first loss, and looks to the future for his potential showdown with Sergey Kovalev.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

This Saturday March 26th 2016, Andre Ward (28-0, 14 KO’s) will make his Light Heavyweight debut, as he takes on undefeated rising star Sullivan Barrera(17-0, 12 Ko’s).  The fight will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California, and will be broadcast live on HBO Boxing.  In the co-feature, it will be Jayson Velez (23-1-1, 16 KO’s) VS Joseph Diaz (19-0, 11 KO’s) in a 12 round featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Maurice Hooker (19-0-2, 14 KO’s) will take on Wilfredo Buelvas (17-5, 11 KO’s) in a Junior Welterweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ANDRE WARD

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Arthur Abraham  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/14/11.
  • Carl Froch  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/17/11.  (Won TheRing &WBC Super Middleweight titles)
  • Chad Dawson  —  Win TKO 10th round (12), 9/8/12.

 

SULLIVAN BARRERA

-Record:  17 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 2″

-Reach:  73″

-Notable Fights

  • Jeff Lacy  —  Win, TKO 4th round (8), 1/30/15.
  • Karo Murat  —  Win, KO 5th round (12), 12/12/15.  (Won IBF title eliminator)

 

Predictions:

Maurice Hooker  —  def  —  Wilfredo Buelvas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Joseph Diaz  —  def  —  Jayson Velez  —  via  —  TKO 10th round

Andre Ward  —  def  —  Sullivan Barrera  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE