within the epitome of a crossroads combat, former three-time light heavyweight world titleholder Sergey Kovalev and up-and-comer Bektemir “Bek Bully” Melikuziev will meet on Jan. 30 in the main event of a DAZN card at the Luzhniki arena in Moscow, sources advised BoxingScene.com on Wednesday.
The fight will headline its own card and isn’t on the same display correct Rank is doing on the same day in Moscow. That card, introduced on Wednesday, might be headlined by way of unified light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev defending against Adam Deines on ESPN+ at VTB area.
The 37-yr-ancient Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KOs) and Melikuziev (6-0, 5 KOs), 24, an Uzbekistan native fighting out of Indio, California, will meet at a contract weight of 178 pounds, in accordance with one of the most sources.
Melikuziev’s ultimate combat became at 168 kilos. Kovalev had been scheduled to battle former mild heavyweight world title challenger Sullivan Barrera at a hundred and eighty kilos often event of a DAZN card on April 25 at the myth Springs motel casino in Indio, California, however the show was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kovalev will be combating for the primary time he misplaced his one hundred seventy five-pound world title to Canelo Alvarez by means of brutal 11th-circular knockout on Nov. 2, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Alvarez had moved up two weight classes to challenge him for his title.
notwithstanding Kovalev is promoted via leading routine, Golden Boy Promotions owes Kovalev his next combat in response to the phrases of the deal for him to combat Alvarez. If Kovalev wins the fight against Melikuziev then Golden Boy would owe him a 2d combat, in keeping with some of the sources.
Melikuziev, a southpaw, has been moved straight away by means of Golden Boy because of his elite amateur career.
He changed into a silver medalist on the 2016 Rio Olympic video games, claimed a bronze medal at the 2017 World amateur Championships, won a silver medal at the 2015 World newbie Championships and gained gold medals at the 2015 and 2017 Asian Championships.
he’s coming off a third-circular knockout of Alan Campa on Oct. 30 and also owns expert victories over Clay Collard and Vaughn Alexander.
Dan Rafael become ESPN.com’s senior boxing writer for fifteen years, and covered the activity for 5 years at u . s . these days. He was the 2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism.