HBO Boxing/with Main Events and The Return of “THE KRUSHER”


HBO Boxing/with Main Events and The Return of “THE KRUSHER”

By Xavier Porter –

January 14, 2018

Brooklyn, NY (The Theater at Madison Square Garden):

On March 3, current WBO Light Heavyweight Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev returns to New York City to face Igor Mikhalkin while current WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol is set to defend his title against light heavyweight title contender Sullivan Barrera in the co-feature.

Last month, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KOs), the two-time light heavyweight world champion, dismantled and destroyed Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to score a second round TKO and reclaim the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title.

Eager to return to the ring, Kovalev wants to put on a great show for the fans in attendance and watching on HBO. To do so he will face the once-beaten Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KOs) in a defense of his title.

Photo credit: Stacey Verbeek

Sergey Kovalev – WBO Light Heavyweight Champion

“I really enjoyed fighting at Madison Square Garden in November. It feels like my home. I’m very excited to go back to MSG and to fight on HBO. Everyone should to have a great time watching my fight!”

The southpaw Mikhalkin, originally of Irkutsk, Russia and now fighting out of Hamburg, Germany is a skilled boxer and will look to defeat one of the best fighters in the division. In facing Kovalev, Mikhalkin puts his ten-bout winning streak on the line in hopes of dethroning the current champion and capturing world championship glory in front of the thousands of Russian fans that are expected be in attendance on fight night.

Igor Mikhalkin – Challenger

“It is a great honor for me to fight in the United States. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and hardest fight in my career. Kovalev is for me the strongest man in this weight class. But I feel ready. The fight against Kovalev comes at the perfect time. I feel stronger than ever and I want to show the American boxing audience a great fight.”

In the co-main event, Bivol, of St. Petersburg, Russia, will be making the second defense of his title against his mandatory challenger, the tough and rugged Cuban fighter Barrera. The match-up between Bivol and Barrera pits two fighters that possess extreme skill, speed, and punching power that can the fight at the blink of an eye.

Barrera, featured on the undercard of Kovalev’s last fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden decided to take on the young champion, in hopes of his belt and having the opportunity to unify his title against Kovalev and the world champions in the division.

Dmitry Bivol – WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion

“This is not the first time that I am training for the most important fight of my career, and this motivates me and makes me happy! Sullivan Barrera is what we wanted. I am glad that we will meet in the ring soon.”

Sullivan Barerra – Challenger

“I came from Cuba with one dream and that was to win a world title. I know it won’t be easy and I know I chose the toughest road than anyone to get here. I know all the tough opponents. I have agreed to this fight and my hard work will pay off. On March 3rd, I will become the most deserving light heavyweight champion in boxing.”

Kathy Duva – Main Events CEO

“We’re ready to showcase the light heavyweight division again at Madison Square Garden! We have Kovalev and Barrera both returning to The Theater after big wins in November and we’re adding another light heavyweight champion to the card! Dmitry is a young champion with a bright future ahead of him if he can get past Sullivan, which is no easy task. And Sergey is taking on Igor Mikhalkin, who is a young, but experienced, southpaw and that’s given him some trouble in the past. We’ll round out the show with another lineup of prospects and local guys in great fights to make sure the fans see a really entertaining and satisfying night of boxing.”

Presented by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions, the doubleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be announced shortly.

About Kovalev-Mikhalkin: The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Ticket information will be available shortly.



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