Sergey Kovalev Targeted to Main Event DAZN Fight Card Against Bektemir Melikuziev

Published 12/17/2020, 7:00 AM EST


Former three-time champion Sergey Kovalev has a targeted booking for January 30, 2021, against a surging up and comer. Kovalev will throw down against Bektemir Melikuziev at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow per reports to Boxing Scene Additionally, the bout serves as the headliner of the DAZN card that will go head to head against a Top Rank event.

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The aforementioned Top Rank event set for Moscow and sees Artur Beterbiev and Adam Deines square off. Deines will look to snag the unified light heavyweight strap off from world champion Artur Beterbiev. Chiefly, head-to-head events will help to spur the visibility of the combatants given the media coverage that will take place.

Sergey Kovalev vs Bektemir Melikuziev: An Overview

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Kovalev is coming off his 175-pound title fight defeat to Saul Canelo Alvarez that took place back on November 2, 2019. The 34-4-1 fighter was finished in the eleventh round after Canelo moved up two classes to make the fight happen.

Moreover, he was supposed to make his comeback back in April against former champion Sullivan Barrera, but COVID-19 ensured the bout never took place. The bout against Barrera was to be at 180-pounds, and he will now contest his belt at 178-pounds against Melikuziev.

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Sergey Kovalev isn’t the only fighter who has faced major scheduling setbacks due to COVID-19. Fans are keen to see how the lay-off following his KO loss will factor into his contest against ‘Bek Bully’. Bektemir Melikuziev is a game challenger to boot with accolades on the world stage that are tough to ignore.

‘Bek Bully’ is a former Olympian who is fresh off his third-round decimation of Alan Campa back in October. His championship medals across several major world stage competitions have built a mystique around the fresh-faced fighter. It will be interesting to see Kovalev at 178-pounds considering his last bout was at 168-pounds.

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The stylistic element to facing a crafty southpaw challenger has drummed up plenty of interest for Sergey Kovalev’s fans. He has faced some killers in his career, and it will be interesting to see his approach against a newcomer. Who will you be backing in this fight?

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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