The fight between former champion Sergey Kovalev and highly-rated youngster Bektemir Melikuziev on January 30 will now have a new fight location according to reports. The two will fight in a 12-round contest that DAZN will air live for viewers across the world.
Moscow was the initial location for the fight since Kovalev is from Russia. However, the entire event will now be in Indio, California. Despite the change in location, the pair will still meet on the same date.
Mike Coppinger was the first to report the news on his Twitter. He tweeted about the change in location and also gave an update on the undercard. Coppinger said Shane Mosley Jr will feature on the undercard against Jason Quigley.
The move to California will see a greater change in the viewership since the fight will be at a favorable time for US fans. Whether this was the reason for the change in venue is anyone’s guess. However, Coppinger also said they would time the fight to match European audiences.
Kovalev comes into this fight on the back of a 14-month lay-off from the sport. His last fight was against pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez, in which he lost his title. Thus, he will be looking to use his experience to prove a point against the highly-rated Melikuziev.
Melikuziev on the other hand is moving up from super-middleweight to light-heavyweight. He is unbeaten in his first 6 fights and will face a new challenge against Kovalev. However, the 24-year-old will be eager to prove a point by taking on the veteran.
Kovalev has the height and reach advantage; Melikuziev has the power. Thus, it will be an intriguing fight in terms of tactics. Can Sergey Kovalev get his career back on track with a victory, or can Bektemir Melikuziev make a big statement? What do you think will happen in the fight?