Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz LIVE!

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Hello one and all. March 3rd has been kind to boxing fans. We've already had plenty of action in the UK and now attention turns to the other side of the pond. I'm Alistair Sargent and I'm here to keep you up to date with not one, not two, but THREE world title fights from two different promotions in New York, with our main focus on Deontay Wilder & Luis Ortiz's heavyweight championship clash

Here is what we will be keeping an eye on... WBA light-heavyweight title - Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera WBO light-heavyweight title - Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin WBC heavyweight title - Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz All of this is taking place in New York, between Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center

Three terrific title bouts. Let's take a closer look at each...

BIVOL vs BARRERA Undefeated (12-0) hard hitting Dmitry Bivol makes the first defence of the title he won back in November with a first round KO of Trend Broadhurst against 36-year-old Cuban Sullivan Barrera. Bivol is very heavy handed as well as being a well schooled amateur while Barrera has only tasted defeat once in a 22 fight career, against the supremely gifted Andre Ward.

KOVALEV vs MIKHALKIN All-Russian title fight between 'Krusher', the former unified WBO, WBA & IBF world-champion & a challenger who has held the European title at the weight as well as being the reigning IBO world champion. He has one defeat in 22 outings while Kovalev was twice beaten by Ward in an otherwise perfect, minus a technical draw, 34 fight career.

WILDER vs ORTIZ A mammoth heavyweight showdown in Brooklyn. KO artist Deontay Wilder has finished every opponent he has faced inside the distance and makes the 7th defence of the world title he won in 2015 in his biggest test to date. 38-year-old unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz is ranked very highly across the board in the heavyweight division. His copy book is blotted by two drug bans though.

So that is what tonight is all about. Bivol vs Barrera and Wilder vs Ortiz look like they will be intriguing, and close match-ups. My expectation is that Sergey Kovalev will blow Mikhalkin away, like he does to most people. I'm going to pick Bivol and Wilder to win their respective fights in dramatic fashion too. All set for a stunning night of boxing.

In support of Wilder - Ortiz we have just seen Jose Uzcategui gain revenge on Andre Dirrell, who has quit on his stool after the 8th rnd. You may remember their original bout also went 8 rounds, before Uzcategui was DQd for punching after the bell & Dirrell's trainer and uncle took revenge by running over the ring and cheap shotting the Mexican. 8th round drama again, but of a different kind

Okay then, across at MSG we have Bivol and Barrera in the ring and ready to go. We are moments away from our first world title fight of the night. WBA light-heavyweight title the prize.

So here we go. Bivol vs Barrera. World title fight 1 of 3. Away we go