3/3/2018- MSG, NY-In the titanic heavyweight battle between WBC champ, Deontay Wilder and unbeaten Cuban strong man, Luis (the Real King Kong) Ortiz, the jury was out right up until the ko. In the Garden, there was never a doubt. What I saw was two, continuous, consistent, ongoing, sustained ass kickings. Were it not for the bloodied face of Igor Mikhalkin (21-1-9K) who made me think I was watching the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the long drawn out dominance by Dimitry Bivol (12-0-10K) over Sullivan Barrera, I don’t know who suffered the most.
Former light heavyweight champ Sergey (Krusher) Kovalev put the hurt on his ‘friend,’ Mikhalkin, who was somehow, the IBO champ. This was one sided the minute the contracts were signed. Except for a couple of mid rounds, Igor had as much business in there as I would. He should ONLY be in the same arena as Krusher, if he paid for his ticket. Kovalev looked pretty sharp, all things considered but I DID hear his corner ask him “are you tired”? This was after the SECOND round. How is THAT possible for a former champion? He complained about being over trained with John David Jackson, his old trainer. Seems like the Krusher has an unlimited array of excuses. This thing was like a bad sparring session. By the sixth, Igor was a total mess, courtesy of his ‘friend’. Just think if Kovalev DIDN’T like him so much. This guy looked like Chuck Wepner, after an outing with Smokin’ Joe Frazier. After a visit from the doctor, who SHOULD’ve had an IV with him, the carnage was stopped. This guy had cuts ON his cuts. The time of the stoppage was 2:25 seconds of the seventh round.
Dimitry Bivol , touted as the latest Russian strongman has only a dozen pro fights and already owns the WBA belt. He’s a well trained, disciplined fighter with a stiff jab and a big right hand. Berrera, who is not without talent has looked better in recent outings but should have stayed home and watched the Wilder fight tonight. The only thing he proved was he could take a protracted ass whippin’ He was beaten up from the start to the finish, which came in the twelfth round. He was dropped by a hard right and and was unsteady when he arose. The end came at 1:41 of the last round. He would’ve been better served if he’d just pulled an Andre Dirrell and waved the White flag. Though this was a romp, Bivol didn’t come out looking pretty, either. His right eye was cut from a clash of heads and he had several noticeable lumps on his face and head. I think Bivol’s peeps need to get him some more polish before he just challenges anybody, but hey, he’s the WBA champ and a champ should take on all comers, that’s how they USED to do it. After just 12 fights, one can only have SO much experience. There’s talk of him facing Kovalev and if he put his hands on Serg as often as the limited Igor did and Serge is out of petro after three rounds, well who knows WHAT might happen?