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Wilder vs Ortiz, Kovalev vs Mikhalkin, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for March 3

Deontay Wilder, Sergey Kovalev, and Kell Brook return in main events this week.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Saturday, March 3

Sky Sports Main Event (UK), 2:30 pm ET, Kell Brook vs Sergey Rabchenko. Brook is moving up to 154 pounds for this fight, facing a solid gatekeeper sort who will tell us something about what Kell has left after two straight devastating losses to Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr. BLH will have live coverage.

Channel 5 (UK), 5:00 pm ET, Josh Taylor vs Winston Campos. Campos is a late replacement for Humberto Soto, who was injured. Taylor is a rising star and one to watch, but the main event will conflict with Brook-Rabchenko.

SHO, 9:00 pm ET, Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz, Andre Dirrell vs Jose Uzcategui. Wilder-Ortiz is an intriguing matchup of sluggers who work best in the early going of a fight, and even if you think Ortiz maybe has faded some, he’s probably Wilder’s best challenger during his title reign to date. Dirrell-Uzcategui is a rematch of a very controversial fight, and one that needed to be ordered, and it’s good it’s happening. BLH will have live coverage.

HBO, 10:05 pm ET, Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin, Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. The hope here is that we’re setting up a potential barnburner between Kovalev and rising star Bivol, but Barrera is plenty dangerous against Bivol, a step up for the young titleholder. Kovalev’s fight, on paper, is more a stay-busy to set up something bigger. BLH will have live coverage.

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