Barrera Vs Bivol
As a pro Sullivan Barrera has wins over Joe Smith Jr, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Felix Valera, Karo Murat and Jeff Lacy. In Barrera’s only loss to Andre Ward in March 2016 he was the much slower fighter, he was out-boxed by the faster man in dropping a 12 round unanimous decisions. This will not be the case this weekend. Barrera will have the quicker fists on Saturday night. He will use the superior hand speed in the early going to put rounds in the bank against the aggressive but slow Bivol. Despite losing rounds in the early going Bivol will land some nice shots and start to wear down the 36-year-old. In the middle rounds, 5-8, Bivol starts to have more success and hurts Barrera round after round. The power Bivol displayed against Cedrick Agnew, and Trent Broadhurst will become evident as he drops Barrera in the 8th with a big overhand right. Barrera will get to his feet and survive the round. Barrera still not on firm legs stays away from Bivol throughout the 9th. Now down on the scorecards and in need of a rally. Barrera gets his second wind and is able to land and move and score more accurately than Bivol and sweeps the last three rounds and takes a super close and controversial split decision.
Official Prediction- Barrera by SD
Sergey Kovalev Vs Igor Mikhalkin
Former Light Heavyweight champ and pound for pounder Sergey Kovalev will take on Igor Mikhalkin for no particular reason. Mikhalkin who is a come forward fighter with little power as his 9 knockouts in 22 fights suggests, will play right into the hands of the Krusher. Kovalev will outbox and hurt Mikhalkin starting from the opening bell, wobbling the southpaw challenger in the first. The Krusher will badly hurt Mikhalkin in the second with massive right hands and will drop him and start to really punish his opponent in the third. Mikhalkin will start the 4th on spaghetti legs and the end comes shortly thereafter as Kovalev stuns him with the first big right hand he lands and then follows up with a barrage of power shots that drops the challenger and it’s waived off without a count. Giving Kovalev the TKO.
Official predictions- Kovalev TKO round 4
Deontay Wilder Vs Luis Ortiz
Wilder who is often called “bum-squad” instead of “Bomb-Squad” by his critics for his level of opposition, will have to put those critiques away after Saturday night. Ortiz is a real challenge the best of Wilders career and a top-five heavyweight by anyone’s measure. Ortiz will come out sharp proving that he is the better boxer. Throwing more and landing more than Wilder in almost every round. Through 8 rounds Ortiz is boxing beautifully, winning the battle of the jabs as he actually has a one-inch reach advantage over Wilder and is countering Wilder’s big shots beautifully. Ortiz has built up a pretty lopsided lead on the scorecards. However, the 38-year-old begins to tire in the 9th and Wilder out of nowhere lands a massive right hand that drops Ortiz, who is able to get to his feet and beat the count but is not on sturdy legs and the “Bronze Bomber” jumps on him like a dog on fear overwhelming him with windmill powered shots causing the referee to call a halt to the fight and Wilder again successfully defends his title with a knockout.
Official Predictions- Deontay Wilder TKO round 9