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Sergey Kovalev vs Thabiso Mchunu preview
When is Kovalev vs Mchunu?
Sergey Kovalev could square off against Thabiso Mchunu in Summer 2023 in the United States.
The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit would be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
The contest would be an eliminator for the WBC cruiserweight championship of the world.
Kovalev vs Mchunu 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.
Thabiso Mchunu would make his way to the ring with a record of 23 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 13 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Kovalev would have a large advantage in power over Mchunu, boosting at 83% knock out percentage over Mchunu's 57%.
Sergey Kovalev is the older man by 4 years, at 39 years old.
Kovalev has a height advantage of 1 inch over Mchunu. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.
Sergey Kovalev fights out of the orthodox stance, while Thabiso Mchunu is a southpaw.
Kovalev is currently arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 11 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 11 months later than Mchunu, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He has fought 15 less professional rounds, 194 to Mchunu's 209.
Sergey Kovalev goes into the fight ranked number 4 by the WBC, 4 by the WBO and 6 by the IBF at cruiserweight.
Thabiso Mchunu is currently ranked number 3 by the WBC and 6 by the RING in the 200lb division.
Kovalev vs Mchunu 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.
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 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.
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.
Thabiso Mchunu has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he lost to Ilunga Makabu on 29th January 2022 by split decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Packard Music Hall, Ohio, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Evgeny Tishchenko on 27th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Denis Lebedev on 21st December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Krasnoyarsk.
Before that, he had defeated Thomas Oosthuizen on 8th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, South Africa.
He had been beaten by Thomas Oosthuizen on 1st September 2018 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Emperors Palace, Gauteng.
In terms of recent activity, Thabiso Mchunu has been fighting more than Sergey Kovalev.
Sergey Kovalev last fought 10 months and 17 days ago, while Thabiso Mchunu's last outing was 1 year, 2 months and 2 days ago.
Kovalev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 27 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Mchunu's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 30 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 60 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 12 rounds on average.
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