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Sergey Kovalev vs Joshua Buatsi preview
When is Kovalev vs Buatsi?
Sergey Kovalev could fight Joshua Buatsi in Autumn/Fall 2023 in the United Kingdom.
The fight would be scheduled for 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which means the weight limit would be 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
Kovalev vs Buatsi stats
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.
Joshua Buatsi would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 17 wins and 0 draws, with 13 of those by knock out.
The stats suggest Kovalev would have a slight advantage in power over Buatsi, with a 83% knock out percentage over Buatsi's 76%.
Sergey Kovalev is the older man by 10 years, at 40 years old.
Buatsi has a height advantage of 2 inches over Kovalev. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Sergey Kovalev & Joshua Buatsi fight out of an orthodox stance.
Kovalev is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 23 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 7 years and 11 months earlier than Buatsi, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He has fought 107 more professional rounds, 194 to Buatsi's 87.
Joshua Buatsi is currently ranked number 1 by the WBA, 2 by the WBC, 1 by the WBO, 2 by the IBF and 7 by the RING in the 175lb division.
Kovalev vs Buatsi form
Kovalev has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he defeated Tervel Pulev on 14th May 2022 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Forum, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated 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.
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 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.
Buatsi remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Pawel Stepien on 6th May 2023 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Genting Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Craig Richards on 21st May 2022 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at The O2 Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ricards Bolotniks on 14th August 2021 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBA Super World Light Flyweight eliminator fight at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex.
Before that, he had defeated Daniel Blenda Dos Santos on 15th May 2021 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire.
He had won against Marko Calic on 4th October 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
In terms of recent activity, Joshua Buatsi has been fighting more than Sergey Kovalev.
Sergey Kovalev last fought 1 year and 14 days ago, while Joshua Buatsi's last outing was 22 days ago.
Kovalev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 9 months and 24 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Buatsi's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 24 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.8 rounds on average.
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