Sergey Kovalev Vs NadJib Mohammedi – Preview and Prediction

One of the most exciting fighters in the sport today, Sergey Kovalev returns to the ring to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles against French challenger Nadjib Mohammedi.

Whilst it certainly isn’t the match up boxing fans would have hoped for with the likes of Adonis Stevenson and Artur Beterbiev as potential opponents in an exciting division, when Kovalev fights, I’m all in.

Kovalev has explosive power but has also shown himself to have matured into a very calculated, patient technician who can control range and the pace of a fight so well, many expected Bernard Hopkins to be able to expose some technical flaws in Kovalev, but the truth is he really is that good.

The challenger Nadjib Mohammedi is a seasoned professional with athleticism and quick hands but it must be argued whether he has beaten the kind of opposition that warrants this kind of opportunity, well actually there is no argument, he hasn’t.

However Mohammedi is a solid fighter and contender, but he is no where near the level of a guy like Kovalev. The bookmakers odds for this fight really tell the story Kovalev is 1/200 on to retain his heavyweight titles and just 1/14 on to retain by stoppage, Mohammedi needs a miracle.

This would be the biggest shock of the year by a long stretch if Mohammedi somehow managed to rip away Kovalev’s belts this weekend, but in all honestly it’s not happening, for me it’s just a case of how long it takes Kovalev to break his heart.

I am expecting an early to mid rounds stoppage win for Kovalev this weekend but it really is hard to find a bet that really carries sizeable value, but I think straddling the round group betting market 4-6 and 7-9 gives us a good chance of a return.

Sky Bet have Kovalev rounds 4-6 at 15/8 and Ladbrokes have Kovalev rounds 7-9 at 11/2, that is where my money will be going this weekend.

PREDICTION: KOVALEV TKO5 

BETTING TIP: £10 on Kovalev rounds 4-6 15/8 Sky Bet, £10 on Kovalev rounds 7-9 11/2 Ladbrokes