This Saturday night from the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York, HBO World Championship Boxing presents a big light heavyweight doubleheader, with plenty on the line for all four fighters.
In the main event, Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO) takes on Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KO) for Kovalev’s WBO 175-pound title. Kovalev was dominant in his last bout in November, following a pair of controversial losses to Andre Ward in 2016-17. Mikhalkin is a big underdog, but this is the opportunity he’s worked for since turning pro in 2007.
The co-feature is arguably the better fight, where Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KO) will take on Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KO) for Bivol’s WBA “world” title, with the winner seemingly likely to face Kovalev later this year, should Kovalev be victorious later in the evening. Bivol is a rising star in the division, but Barrera is a legitimate top contender on a good roll, and a big step up in competition for Bivol, too.
How to watch Kovalev-Mikhalkin
When: Saturday, March 3
Time: 10:05 pm ET
TV: HBO, BoxNation (UK)