Photos: Sergey Kovalev Beats Down Igor Mikhalkin For TKO Win

New York, NY: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) of Russia delivered another trademark crushing performance with a seventh round stoppage of Igor Mikhalkin(21-2, 9 KOs) of Russia at The Theater at Madison Square Garden to retain his WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship. Photos by Ed Mulholland.

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Despite their friendship, there was no love lost between Russian countrymen as Kovalev made Mikhalkin feel the heat from the opening bell. Through the first six rounds, Kovalev out landed Mikhalkin 145 to 25 punches, according to CompuBox.

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Nevertheless, Mikhalkin is a world champion, and stayed in Kovalev's face. A cut opened below Mikhalkin's right eye, and as Kovalev continued to punish him, referee Steve Willis stepped in to have the ringside physician examine Mikhalkin. He determined Mikhalkin could not continue, delivering a TKO victory to Kovalev at 2:25 of the seventh round.

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In the exciting co-feature, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of Russia battled Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba down to the final round before scoring a TKO victory at 1:41 of the twelfth.

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Vaughn "Da Animal" Alexander(12-0, 8 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri remained undefeated in his second appearance at Madison Square Garden, 14 years after his original 2004 victory. Alexander won a ten-round unanimous decision over a tough as nails Devaun Lee(10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, who took the fight on barely two days' notice.

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Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious" Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KOs) battled a determined Norberto Gonzalez (24-11, 14 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. The local hero delivered a unanimous decision victory by scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
Galarza, 32, traded shots with Gonzalez, but was in control of the action and directed the path of the fight throughout as his devoted fans cheered him on. The veteran Mexican, 36, took the fight on short notice and acquitted himself well with his effort. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Vlad_ on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=R_Walken;18542489]I agree somewhat with you But I’m pretty sure Barrera said the reason he turned down the Kov fight was because they offered him less $ then the last time. If Duva wanted to make that fight they’re both in…

Comment by R_Walken on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=Vlad_;18542437]Barrera refused Kova fight for the second time, picking Bivol at his own detriment. Beterbiev is in a promotional pickle and is inactive for now. Stevenson is fighting Jack. Gvozdyk was trying to purse Alvarez for the WBC mandatory, with…

Comment by Vlad_ on 03-05-2018

[QUOTE=R_Walken;18542222]Omar fig beat Spence in the amateurs. Who do you think would win now who he beat in the ams means nothing really it was over a decade ago What notable scalp as a pro does he have ?? Of…

Comment by R_Walken on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=Vlad_;18542152]That C guy beat Beterbiev in three out of their four amateur fights. He was also ranked higher than Bivol on BoxRec until last night. And all other opponents were unavailable. Who was there to fight exactly?[/QUOTE] Omar fig beat…

Comment by Vlad_ on 03-04-2018

[QUOTE=R_Walken;18542105]The opponent was a C class Russian scrub The fight was Kov needs to step in with a live dog again enough of fighting the Russian B team[/QUOTE] That C guy beat Beterbiev in three out of their four…

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