By Tre Berry
Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev (33-3-1, 28KO) put forth a strong performance to win back his WBO title-belt that he previously lost last year to Eleider ‘Storm’ Alvarez (24-1-0, 12KO) to deliver the then-Champion his first professional loss. A huge credit has to be given to legendary trainer James ‘Buddy’ McGirt for revamping Kovalev’s technique, helping him minimize his deficiencies to nullify his vulnerabilities, and helped restore his confidence, while Kovalev down the stretch looked that of a fresh fighter, with minimal mistakes made.
Alvarez fought a flat fight, with him over-relying on his gameplan to sit back and wait for opportunities to surface from potential Kovalev mistakes, ultimately forgetting to put money in the bank by sticking the jab and giving Kovalev something to think about, and with Kov not giving him much to work with, Alvarez in large was a sitting duck, in the range where Kovalev flourishes the most, and that’s on the outside, sticking behind his jab. Eleider became too overconfident of his power due to recollecting back to how the original fight ended in their first encounter, and wanted to bait Kov once again, but If you can’t get Kov in what I call the danger zone, then he is a difficult fighter to beat. Eleider didn’t bring that component in this fight, and Sergey worked his way down the stretch to secure what was a wide decision on the scorecards to put him back in the mix of contention with a strong Light-Heavyweight class.
OFFICIAL JUDGES SCORECARDS
Jesse Reyes = 116 – 112 for SERGEY KOVALEV
Levi Martinez = 116 – 112 for SERGEY KOVALEV
Lisa Giampa = 120 – 108 for SERGEY KOVALEV (Shutout)
The Combat Project Scorecard
Tré Berry = 117 – 111 for SERGEY KOVALEV
Jon Uddin = 117 – 111 for SERGEY KOVALEV