On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Sergey Kovalev headlines an HBO World Championship Boxing card from Madison Square Garden as he defends his WBO Light Heavyweight title against fellow Russian, Igor Mikhalkin.
In the co-main event, WBC Light Heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol takes on what is expected to be his toughest test to date in Cuban Light Heavyweight, Sullivan Barrera.
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Kovalev vs. Mikhalkin: Live Boxing Results
Sergey Kovalev vs. Igor Mikhalkin
Dmitry Bivol vs. Sullivan Barrera
Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Kenneth McNeil
Vaughn Alexander vs. Devaun Lee
Frank Galarza vs. Norberto Gonzalez
Meiirim Nursultanov vs. Alejandro Torres
Cassius Chaney vs. Tim Washington
Alexey Evchenko vs. Khiary Gray
Pair of close rounds to start the contest. Evchenko is stalking Gray around the ring, but Khiary is having his moments. Alexey drags him into deep water in the latter stages of R2, putting combinations together nicely. Each fighter is in new territory tonight; Evchenko is making his US debut, while Gray is competing outside of New England for the first time. A right hand stunned Gray right as the bell sounded to end the fourth. The ringside physician took an extended look at Khiary in between rounds, ultimately opting to stop the fight; Gray apparently suffered a laceration from a headbutt. We go to the scorecards after the abbreviated contest- Evchenko is your winner with unanimous 48-47 scorecards.
LeShawn Rodriquez vs. Martez Jackson
LeShawn is the longer, leaner fighter, and he’s using that reach to his advantage, picking Jackson apart with jabs and the occasional right hand in R1. Jackson lands his best shot of the fight in the final seconds of R2, an overhand right that lands flush on Rodriquez’s jaw. That punch notwithstanding, LeShawn looks on pace for an easy decision entering the third frame. LeShawn’s corner is yelling out “he [Martez] don’t want to fight,” and deservedly so; Jackson’s output has crawled to a halt in Round 3. Rodriquez ties up after getting clocked with a clubbing right hand in R4. LeShawn then resumes the pattern of jabbing Martez to death from a comfortable distance. Jackson probably wins his only round in the 6th, and receives a low blow from Rodriquez. For a guy with 7 of his 8 wins by KO, LeShawn didn’t show much of a finishing instinct. Rodriquez scores a UD with three 58-56 scorecards.
Madiyar Ashkeyev vs. Jose Antonio Abreu
Abreu hits the deck from a right hand in Round 1. He beats the count with time to spare but didn’t appear to have his legs under him, so the referee calls an end to the contest. Ashkeyev wins by TKO at 1:52 of Round 1.
Ismael Villarreal vs. Anthony Woods
Woods takes Villareal the distance in what should be a shutout UD for the 20-year-old. Woods spat out his mouthguard twice and was allowed a long break from the ref in each instance. 40-36 scorecards for Villareal.
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