Autumn/Fall 2023
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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, United States

12 rounds contest
@ Light Heavyweight
35-4-1
9-1-0

Contest odds

Kovalev TBC
Draw -
Melikuziev TBC
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The tape

39
Age
26
6' 0" / 183 cm
Height
5' 10" / 177 cm
72.4" / 184 cm
Reach
70.5" / 179 cm
Orthodox (R)
Stance
Southpaw (L)

Full record

UD 10TKO 11TKO 11UD 12TKO 7
Form
TKO 3KO 2UD 8KO 3KO 3
35
Wins
9
29
By KO
7
83
KO%
78
4
Losses
1
3
Stopped
1
1
Draws
0
2009
Debut
2019
194
Pro rounds
36

Current rankings @ Light Heavyweight

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The Ring
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WBA
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WBC
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WBO
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IBF
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Kovalev vs Melikuziev betting preview

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Kovalev vs Melikuziev Head To Head

Sergey Kovalev would step into the ring with a record of 35 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, 29 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Bektemir Melikuziev would make his way to the ring with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Kovalev would have a slight advantage in power over Melikuziev, with a 83% knock out percentage over Melikuziev's 78%.

Sergey Kovalev is the older man by 13 years, at 39 years old.

Kovalev has a height advantage of 2 inches over Melikuziev. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.

Sergey Kovalev fights out of the orthodox stance, while Bektemir Melikuziev is a southpaw.

Kovalev is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 30 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 9 years and 10 months earlier than Melikuziev, whose first professional fight was in 2019. He has fought 158 more professional rounds, 194 to Melikuziev's 36.

Kovalev vs Melikuziev betting form

Kovalev has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he won against Tervel Pulev on 14th May 2022 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, California, United States. He was a 91/100 (-110) favourite going into the ring.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. He was a 11/4 (+280) underdog going into the ring.

Going into that contest, he had won against Anthony Yarde on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia. He was a 1/2 (-200) favourite going into the ring.

Before that, he had beat Eleider Alvarez on 2nd February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States. He was a 69/50 (+140) underdog going into the ring.

He had lost to Eleider Alvarez on 4th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey. He was a 9/50 (-560) favourite going into the ring.

Melikuziev has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he defeated Sladan Janjanin on 6th August 2022 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, United States.

Previous to that, he had defeated David Zegarra on 19th March 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at USC Galen Center, California.

Going into that contest, he had won against Sergei Ekimov on 17th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Tashkent, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Before that, he had been beaten by Gabriel Rosado on 19th June 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Don Haskins Center, Texas, United States.

He had defeated Morgan Fitch on 13th February 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.

Who's been more active?

If you think ring rust and activity is a big factor in this fight, Bektemir Melikuziev has been fighting more than Sergey Kovalev.

Sergey Kovalev last fought 6 months and 15 days ago, while Bektemir Melikuziev's last outing was 3 months and 23 days ago.

Kovalev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 3 months and 25 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.2 rounds on average.

Melikuziev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 16 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.8 rounds on average.

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