Kovalev vs Shabranskyy: Start time, live stream, TV channel, and undercard for massive WBO title fight.Sergey Kovalev is making his return to the ring Saturday, hoping to recover from his first career losses at the hands of Andre Ward. He’ll be in action against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, live on HBO for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.
Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1) owes me one. Twice I have made substantial investments on the hard-hitting Russian in his epic encounters with Andre Ward, and both times he let me down. The first was mostly bad luck as many would argue that he did enough to edge the decision last November in Vegas. The second occasion still hurts as Ward proved his now undisputed superiority with a sublime demonstration of boxing that stopped Kovalev in the 8th.
With bad investments one must always look in the eye of the beholder. History tells us that when the puncher meets the stylist; the stylist nearly always wins. Romantic affiliation for the former over the latter is no basis for cool-headed financial investment.
Kovalev is fighting for the first time since he lost a pair of fights against Ward. He now sits at 30-2-1, still one of the absolute best boxers in the world, but coming off a TKO at the hands of Ward. The first fight was close, with many thinking Kovalev won it, but with an eighth-round finish, Ward claimed his spot as the top boxer in the division.
Sergey Kovalev vs Vyacheslav Shabranskyy WBO light heavyweight title
Where: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, USA
When: Saturday 18th November – 9PM ET / 2AM UK time
TV: HBO, SKY Sports.