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Sergey Kovalev TKO7 Igor Mikhalkin – Full recapRetains a light heavyweight titleRecords: Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs); Mikhalkin (21-2, 9 KOs) Rafael’s remarks: In an all-Russian battle, Los Angeles-based Kovalev, 34, made the first defense of his second title reign and dominated amateur teammate Mikhalkin, 32, who fights out of Germany. Although heavy favorite Kovalev was
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NEW YORK — Sergey Kovalev retained the WBO light heavyweight championship on Saturday night, defeating Igor Mikhalkin via a seventh-round TKO at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs), who was dominating the fight, had opened up a cut around Mikhalkin’s right eye. The referee finally stepped in and stopped the fight
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Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has consistently weighed in the 220s for most of his career, but on Friday, the eve of his biggest fight, he came in considerably lighter. Wilder will make his seventh title defense against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz on Saturday (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.@espn.com>@espn.com>@espn.com>@espn.com>@espn.com>@aol.com>
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The WBC indefinitely suspended former bantamweight world titleholder Luis Nery on Friday. The sanctioning organization announced the suspension one day after Nery knocked out former world titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka, knocking him down four times in a second-round knockout victory on Thursday at the Ryogoku Sumo Arena in Tokyo. Luis Nery quickly dominated his fight against
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12:27 PM ET ESPN staff Kell Brook has vowed to dominate the junior middleweight division division and become a two-weight world champion ahead of his debut at his new weight class against Sergey Rabchenko. Brook [36-2, 25 KOs] lost his IBF world welterweight title after defeat to Errol Spence Jr. in May last year, but
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