The card at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City drew a sell-out crowd of 6,000.
Alvarez ran his record to 24-0 (12 KOs) and sprinted around the ring as Kovalev stumbled back to his corner. This is my biggest fight, Alvarez said.
"Words can not describe how I feel", Alvarez said through a translator.
After the fight, Kovalev was transported to the hospital.
"Words can not describe how I feel", Alvarez said through a translator. Eleider Alvarez has been out of the ring for almost a year, but is the Colombian ready to face off against this confidence-stricken version of Kovalev? This serves as little more than a stay busy fight for Bivol, who will no doubt be facing the victor of the Kovalev/Alvarez fight in the near future.
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"Knowing Sergey, he'll definitely want to come back and avenge this loss", Duva said. "Sergey was fighting brilliantly for six rounds, but he gassed out".
When it was clear that, despite pressing the issue, Alvarez would again not get a shot at Stevenson, who was planning to fight Badou Jack in May, Yvon Michel, promoter of Stevenson and Alvarez, was able to quickly make a deal with Duva after Browne was dumped from the card. While Alvarez was taking punches, he was also animated and talking to Kovalev during the round.
Alvarez maybe not be well known amongst casual boxing fans since his fight will Kovalev will be just the second time he's fought in the United States, but he is a skillful fighter that has wins over Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal.
Who knows who he'll get next?
After Kovalev lost his three light heavyweight world titles to Ward by controversial decision in November 2016 and then got knocked out in the eighth round of the immediate rematch in June 2017, he fired trainer John David Jackson, with whom there had been much tension, to go with Abror Tursunpulatov.
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It wasn't until the fourth round when Kovalev tried to exert his power, landing several hard punches that tested Alvarez's chin.
Alvarez 23-0 (11KO's) has been avoided by WBC kingpin Adonis Stevenson for some time, but his opportunity has now come to beat the cream of the crop and WBO ruler at 175, as well as an instant chance to wholly change the dynamic and Eastern bloc domination in the division. Once again, Kovalev got back up to continue the fight, but he probably would have been better off staying down.
Alvarez stated, "I wanted to show him I'm strong, I have a good chin, and I'm ready for big things ... we practiced that punch during training camp, and that's how it went ..." It looked like Bivol was headed to an early stoppage, but the Russian seemed content with scoring points and controlling bout.
This writer didn't catch the whole Bivol-Chilemba fight, but that matchmaking was worse, despite being defensible on a competitive level, because there was no way a spoiler like Chilemba was going to build any interest in Bivol's next fight, especially because Bivol is a conservative technician first who scores knockouts second.
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