What a great night of boxing Showtime and HBO aired on March 3, 2018! Showtime Championship Boxing took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York; while HBO Championship Boxing took place at the Mecca – Madison Square Garden in New York City.
On Showtime, the co-feature showcased Jose ‘Bolivita’ Uzcategui vs. Andre ‘The Resurrected’ Dirrell. Uzcategui left no doubt in this rematch as he beat Dirrell at every turn in the fight. Uzcategui’s relentless offense caused Dirrell to not come out of his corner at the start of round 8. Uzcategui was awarded the 8th round TKO victory and the interim IBF super-middleweight title.
In the Showtime main event, it was the heavyweight fight the boxing world had been waiting for. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder vs. Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz. What a fight this turned out to be! Wilder found himself in serious trouble and almost out in the 7th round.
Ortiz continued to pour it on Wilder for rounds 8 and 9. Just when you thought the WBC Champ was down and out, however, Wilder re-loaded that vicious right-hand in the 10th round and caught the tiring Ortiz right between the eyes. Down goes Ortiz! Ortiz got up from the vicious right-hand shot only to get finished later in round 10 as Wilder caught Ortiz with a fight-ending uppercut that sent Ortiz to the canvas for good.
The referee stopped the fight, and Wilder was awarded the 10th round TKO victory. With the win, Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight title and improves to 40 and 0, with 39 wins coming by way of knock out. Wilder vs. Ortiz is definitely a 2018 Fight of the Year Candidate.
Meanwhile, on HBO, it was light-heavyweight night, as Dmitry Bivol continue to take the boxing world by storm in the co-feature. Sullivan Barrera is no push-over and Bivol walked right through him in impressive fashion. Bivol broke down Barrera en route to producing a 12th round TKO victory.
With the win, Bivol retained his WBA light-heavyweight title and improves to 13 and 0, with 11 wins coming by way of knockout!
In the HBO main event, it was Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev looking to continue his quest to once again rule the light-heavyweight division. His opponent was an overmatched Igor Mikhalkin. Let’s just say it was brutal from start to finish. It seemed as though every time Mikhalkin went back to his corner, Kovalev had broken something else on his face.
Kovalev busted Mikhalkin up for as long as the brutality lasted. The referee finally stepped in and stopped the fight in round 7. Kovalev was awarded the easy 7th round TKO victory to retain his WBO light-heavyweight title, thus, his quest to rule 175 continues.
It was a great night of boxing in New York! Every fight was great, even if it was one-sided. So, here’s the question Boxing World. Which Boxing Event did you enjoy the most? Showtime’s Boxing Event or HBO’s Boxing Event? Check out Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) latest boxing poll and vote.
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