Eleider Alvarez KO's Sergey Kovalev In Boxing's Upset Of The Year
08 August, 2018, 12:57 | Author: Tommie Newton
Kovalev got up quickly, but it only got worse from there as Alvarez (24-0, 12 KO's) rocked him with an uppercut and a hard jab that almost sent Kovalev's mouthpiece flying.
This will be the toughest test for the Colombian born boxer, he will try and rely on his boxing skills to outbox the very powerful punching Russian champion. I think eh wants this fight.
Alvarez cracked Kovalev with the big right hand in the seventh round, which all but sealed the deal.
Kovalev, who bounced back to claim the vacant WBO light heavyweight belt with a second-round stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in 2017, stopped Igor Mikhalkin on March 3. "But right now, after what just happened, it's just too soon to say when that might be". "We practised that punch in training camp".
Dmitry Bivol unanimously outpointed Isaac Chilemba to retain the WBA version of the 175-pound title.
But while Bivol is heavily favoured to deal with well-respected and capable Isaac Chilemba in a test that basically every top level 175lber must overcome, the task in front of Kovalev 32-2-1 (28KO's) is far more unsafe.
With his confidence soaring again, and with him having adjusted to Tursunpulatov, the time has come for Kovalev to face a far more highly regarded opponent in the second defense of his second title reign. 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.
Alvarez has served his apprenticeship, outside of Chilemba, beating the likes of Ryno Liebenberg (TKO 7), Lucian Bute (KO 5) and Jean Pascal (MD 12).
"I am ready for all the best fighters in my division", Alvarez said. If he tastes his punch it could be lights out so he has to fight the ideal fight to come home with the belt.
Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs), 27, of Russian Federation, attacked Chilemba from the outset, driving him back with right hands and body shots.
An awkward customer is exactly what Bivol needs, but should he catch and hurt Chilemba in the latter stages, it is hard to see the 31-year old African making it to the final bell. But he was never in a hurry to finish the fight and the restless crowd booed when the bout stagnated in the eighth round.
He called Malawi's Chilemba, now trained by American Roy Jones Jr., a "tricky" challenge, noting he took Kovalev the distance in 2016. There had been plans for Kovalev and Bivol to meet had they both won.
"I'm happy that we're working together because he has helped me a lot", Kovalev said in an interview with ESPN. "I want to fight more good fighters". "I assumed he got exhausted".
The defeat was so upset 35-year-old Kovalev that he wrote on his page on Instagram: "Time to hang up gloves on a nail". Kovalev also headlined that November 8, 2014 card and beat Bernard Hopkins in a championship bout on the last major night of boxing in Atlantic City. When I lost twice, I lost because of that amateur baggage and because of my coach.
Eleider proved quite the super sub - and now, champion.
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