After nearly a year out of the ring, former WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion 🇨🇴Eleider Alvarez (25-1-0, 13KO) was successful in his return to action Saturday night and delivered a highlight reel knockout in the seventh round to close the show against veteran power puncher 🇺🇸Michael Seals (24-3-0, 18KO). Continue reading “Eleider Alvarez Delivers Early Knockout of the Year Candidate Against Michael Seals”
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
LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH:
(The Ford Center, Frisco, Texas, U.S.)
WEIGH-IN ⚖️ (175 lb. Limit)
(WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion)
🇨🇴🇨🇦Eleider ‘Storm’ Alvarez (24-0-0, 12KO) = 174.8 LBS.
(WBO #5 ranked world contender/former Light-Heavyweight Champion)
🇷🇺Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev = (32-3-1, 28KO) = 174.0 LBS.
“Storm” Alvarez vs. “Krusher” Kovalev
Tomorrow, Kovalev will have one more go at it to attempt to take back his world title, and Eleider has a grand opportunity to officially close the door on the old-guard for good.
Kovalev throughout his career carried himself as the big bully on the block with a heavy punch in both hands, ultimately winning the bouts before they even start, but Alvarez in no way shape or form is scared of him, and won’t shy away from standing his ground.
Kovalev will have to muster some form of moxy to reverse course here, showing real grit in character, and fix his mechanics to have a chance at reversing course, and becoming a world titlist once again.
Tune into ESPN+ tomorrow to catch this highly anticipated re-match.
By Tre Berry
A match-up we’ve been looking forward to big time, undefeated WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion Eleider ‘Storm’ Alvarez (24-0-0, 12KO) gives another opportunity to the man whom he took the world title from in now-former Champion Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev (32-3-1, 28KO).
The first fight was a thriller, with Kovalev effectively establishing his imprint on the outside, and Eleider working his way inside Kov’s reach, and showing no fear in doing so, finding cracks in the defense. In the 7th round, Eleider caught his big break and never let the foot off the gas-pedal, knocking Kovalev down 3 times and ultimately out, taking his title in the process.
Alvarez has been an excellent fighter for a long time, despite just now winning his 1st world title at the age of 34, but he was heavily avoided for a half a decade when rendered as a mandatory challenger, so he stayed active by facing elite competition who hadn’t possessed a belt the time of their fights. Krusher has to come to the realization that the intimidation factor he once had will no longer aide him in the way it had earlier in his career, which was integral in his attack, making fighters reluctant to take any chances to capitalize on his many deficiencies, and him taking advantage of their hesitation.
He has a prime, confident Champion now standing in his way, and he needs to muster up a big time performance in hopes of getting his world title back. This fight will take place on the ESPN+ app.