Alvarez stuns Kovalev to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Alvarez stuns Kovalev to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Eleider Alvarez, center, of Colombia, celebrates after he knocked out Sergey Kovalev, of Russian Federation, in the seventh round of their boxing bout at 175 pounds, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J.

Alvarez has impressive victories over name fighters Edison Miranda, Isaac Chilemba, Lucian Bute, and Jean Pascal, he is fighting for a legit world title for the first time tonight when he takes on Kovalev for the WBO strap.

Kovalev was in control of the fight through six rounds and leading 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56. That was the last of three straight defeats, but he has no shame in his fine efforts against both Alvarez and Kovalev in his opponents' back yards.

Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear. Moments later, Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) unleashed a combination and Kovalev hit the deck again and the fight appeared over. At that point the referee moved in and called an end to the fight with 15 seconds left in the round.

"Words can not describe how I feel", Alvarez said through a translator. It's a good fight for the boxing fans. "This was all for them". "We practised that punch in training camp". Ashkeyev, who trains in the same camp with fighters such as Kovalev and pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko, dominated Flores, who continually lost his mouthpiece.

Devon Alexander should win this one, but I wont you if you can't watch this one the whole way through.

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He'll have to work to put another knockout victory to his name, however, as Alvarez is pretty technically sound and will be willing to try and slow this fight down. But in my head, I have a schedule of my tournament.

Kovalev had a big fourth round, landing several powerful combinations and hard jabs that rattled Alvarez and slowed him.

"Words can not describe how I feel", Alvarez said through a translator. A narrow loss to Andre Ward is one thing, but a ball-breaking KO loss to Ward because of Jackson (at least in the eyes of Kovalev) is unfathomable.

"I'm ready to fight any champion because my goal is to get all four titles, to be undisputed champion".

"I was very happy with how the fight was going but I kept saying to (Kovalev manager) Egis (Klimas), 'Let's get past the sixth round and I'll relax.' But you saw what happened". Though that is to take nothing away from Alvarez, who has continued to rack up victories.

Said Michel: "We are convinced that Eleider has all the tools and everything it takes to come back to Montreal with the WBO world title in his luggage".

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Meanwhile, the result derails plans for a light heavyweight unification bout between Kovalev and Dmitry Bivol, who retained his World Boxing Association belt with a unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba on the same card. He lasted mere seconds before being dropped a third time, which is when the fight was finally stopped.

Who knows who he'll get next?

He was the mandatory challenger for WBC titleholder Adonis Stevenson for more than two years. Once again, Kovalev got back up to continue the fight, but he probably would have been better off staying down.

According to CompuBox statistics, Kovalev landed 91 of 339 punches (27 percent) and Alvarez connected with 73 of 251 (29 percent).

Eleider Alvarez is contractually obligated to give Sergey Kovalev a rematch.

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