Kovalev vs Mikhalkin Live Stream: How to Watch Fight Without Cable

Kovalev vs Mikhalkin Live Stream: How to Watch Fight Without Cable

Kovalev vs Mikhalkin: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

Tonight at 10:05 pm ET on HBO, it’s a world title doubleheader at 175 pounds, with Sergey Kovalev returning in the main event to face Igor Mikhalkin.


What time is Kovalev fight tonight live on HBO boxing? Lets take a look through what to expect for ring walks and approximate times.

START TIME: 10:05 ET

TV CHANNEL: HBO

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The bout will be broadcast on HBO in the US and the live stream will be available on all devices online for HBO subscribers.

It is expected local time in New York, the main event that is, to get underway at approximately 10.15pm ET – which works out as 7.15pm PT on the West coast.

But make sure to check your local listings and give yourself plenty of time.

The fight will be for the WBO light-heavyweight title that Kovalev holds and will take place at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York.

It will mark the second fight for the now 34-year-old Kovalev since suffering back to back defeats to Andre Ward in 2017 and 2016 respectively.

It will be interesting to see how much he has left, considering the back and forth still going on between him and Ward – despite Ward now being retired.

On the same night elsewhere in New York city Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title against Cuban Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Center on rival TV network Showtime.

It will be interesting to see what the ratings figures will be for both events. Obviously Wilder’s fight will pull bigger numbers but how much bigger only time will tell.

We’ll have live coverage of both fights.

Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO) came back last November to scorch Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and win the vacant WBO light heavyweight title, which he’d previously lost to Andre Ward. That win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Kovalev, who looked as monstrous as ever. Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KO) is a fellow Russian and someone Kovalev considers a friend, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime for the underdog, as he’s said this week.

In the co-feature, it’s another 175-pound matchup, this one arguably the real main event for hardcore fight fans. Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KO), a rising star in the division and holder of the WBA “world” title, will face top contender Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KO). If Kovalev wins, a fight with the winner of this matchup would be big for HBO later this year.

HBO, 10:05 pm ET, Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin, Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. The hope here is that we’re setting up a potential barnburner between Kovalev and rising star Bivol, but Barrera is plenty dangerous against Bivol, a step up for the young titleholder. Kovalev’s fight, on paper, is more a stay-busy to set up something bigger. BLH will have live coverage.


HBO, 10:05 pm ET, Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin, Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera. The hope here is that we’re setting up a potential barnburner between Kovalev and rising star Bivol, but Barrera is plenty dangerous against Bivol, a step up for the young titleholder. Kovalev’s fight, on paper, is more a stay-busy to set up something bigger. BLH will have live coverage.


Following a win over Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to recapture the WBO World Light Heavyweight title in November, Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO’s) makes the first defense of his second reign on Saturday night when he takes on Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KO’s) inside Madison Square Garden Theater.

The main card (which features Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera and Kovalev vs Mikhalkin) is scheduled to start at 10:05 p.m. ET/PT and will be broadcast on HBO. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the fights for free live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for a free trial of one of the following live-TV streaming services:

Amazon Prime: If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch live HBO and all of HBO’s on-demand content through Amazon Channels. The HBO channel costs $14.99 per month and comes with a free 7-day trial. Once signed up for Amazon Prime and the HBO channel, you can watch on your computer via Amazon’s website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app

DirecTV Now: HBO is a $5 per month add-on that can be added to any of DirecTV Now’s four channel packages. It comes with a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, and you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app

Sling TV: HBO is a $15 per month add-on that can be added to either of Sling TV’s base packages. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app


Preview

Following back-to-back losses to Andre Ward in November 2016 and June 2017, Kovalev got back on track with an easy second-round TKO of Shabranskyy, an opponent that really wasn’t on the level of “Krusher.” It was supposed to serve as a fight simply to get the 34-year-old back on track, but when Ward retired and vacated his belts, it turned into a WBO title fight and Kovalev began his second reign as champ.

In terms of opposition, this looks to be a similar fight for Kovalev. The 32-year-old Mikhalkin is 21-1 with nine knockouts, and he’s won 10 in a row since a loss to Aleksy Kuziemski in 2010, but he hasn’t fought anyone close to the quality of Kovalev and is being labeled a massive underdog by the oddsmakers.

Still, Kovalev isn’t overlooking the challenger.

“He’s a southpaw. That’s already a little uncomfortable, because for a long time I haven’t fought a southpaw. Also his style can be uncomfortable for me too,” Kovalev said. “Also, he’s Russian. In Russia, mentally we don’t have a step back. If for you [it’s] very hard, you cannot say, ‘No, stop. I don’t want to fight anymore.’ He will be fighting from first bell to last bell, because he’s motivated right now. He’s never fought for a real world title.”

While the main event looks every bit like a colossal mismatch, the co-main event has definite appeal. WBA light heavyweight champ Dmitry Bivol, who stands at 12-0 with 10 knockouts, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising young boxers in the world, and a matchup against Sullivan Barrera stands as his biggest test to date. Not only is it an important fight for Bivol’s progression, but it should be an entertaining one between two boxers with big-time power.

There are conceivably bigger things on the horizon here, and the hope is that this event ultimately leads to a matchup between Kovalev and Bivol, or a similar light heavyweight fight between champions. Nevertheless, Saturday’s fights should still serve as a satisfactory warmup worth your attention.

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