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Bektemir Melikuziev takes step up in competitors against Sergey Kovalev on January 30

Bektemir Melikuziev takes step up in competitors in opposition t Sergey Kovalev on January 30

through Francisco Salazar

Bektemir Melikuziev will take an incredible step-up in competition as he squares off towards former three-time world easy heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev on January 30, a supply proven to The Ring Wednesday night.

Dan Rafael became the primary to document the battle.

The 12-circular bout will take vicinity at the Luzhniki arena in Moscow, Russia and will flow are living on DAZN.

The combat can be a significant crossroads bout as Kovalev, who is ranked No. 3 by using The Ring, will try to start back from a devastating loss in his final bout whereas Melikuziev will measure himself towards his toughest opponent to date on paper. 

Kovalev (34-four-1, 29 KOs) has now not fought on the grounds that November 2 of remaining yr, when he lost via knockout in round 11 to Ring magazine champion Canelo Alvarez. With the loss, Kovalev lost his WBO mild heavyweight title.

before his combat towards Alvarez, Kovalev, who is managed by Egis Klimas, signed a three-battle take care of DAZN. Kovalev became scheduled to battle Sullivan Barrera on April 25 in Indio, California, which would have streamed reside on DAZN, however the fight turned into postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

together with the loss to Alvarez, the 37-yr-historic Kovalev has break up his last 4 bouts. Kovalev became knocked out via Eleider Alvarez in August 2018, however defeated Alvarez in a rematch six months later. Kovalev gained lower back the WBO title with the victory.

Melikuziev (6-0, 5 knockouts), a former newbie standout who received a silver medal for Uzbekistan on the 2016 Olympic video games in Rio de Janeiro, has decimated modest opposition to this point in his career that all started on June 13 remaining year. 

In his last bout on October 30 in his adopted homeland of Indio, the southpaw Melikuziev, battered Mexico’s Alan Campa, losing him thrice before the battle became stopped in circular 3. In his outdated bout on February 14, Melikuziev dropped Oscar Cortes twice to win via knockout in the opening round.

Melikuziev, who’s promoted via Golden Boy and managed with the aid of Vadim Kornilov, is informed with the aid of Joel Diaz.

The clash between Kovalev and Melikuziev will take location on the same day and across town as the WBO light heavyweight title combat between Artur Beterbiev and challenger Adam Deines, a good way to take vicinity on the VTB enviornment. That fight become formally introduced Wednesday and may circulate reside on ESPN+. 

Beterbiev is ranked No. 1 through The Ring.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring given that October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad considering the fact that 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) megastar newspaper. He can be reached with the aid of e mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing