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Sergey Kovalev vs Bektemir Melikuziev preview
When is Kovalev vs Melikuziev?
Sergey Kovalev could face the challenge of Bektemir Melikuziev in Autumn/Fall 2023 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
The fight would take place over 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 Melikuziev 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.
Bektemir Melikuziev would make his way to the ring with a record of 11 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 9 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 82%.
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 28 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 152 more professional rounds, 194 to Melikuziev's 42.
Kovalev vs Melikuziev 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.
Melikuziev has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he defeated Ulises Sierra on 28th January 2023 by knockout in the 3rd round at YouTube Theater, Inglewood, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Sladan Janjanin on 6th August 2022 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Dickies Arena, Fort Worth.
Going into that contest, he had won against David Zegarra on 19th March 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at USC Galen Center, California.
Before that, he had defeated Sergei Ekimov on 17th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Tashkent, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
He had been beaten by Gabriel Rosado on 19th June 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Don Haskins Center, Texas, United States.
In terms of recent activity, Bektemir Melikuziev has been fighting more than Sergey Kovalev.
Sergey Kovalev last fought 10 months and 14 days ago, while Bektemir Melikuziev's last outing was 2 months ago.
Kovalev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 24 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 11 months and 5 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 9 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 9 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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