A combination of heavy hands, volume punching and a relentless “ready or not here I come” attitude, helped 🇺🇸Joe “The Beast” Smith Jr. come up with a huge win over former WBO Champion 🇨🇴Eleider “Storm” Alvarez Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, headlining a card broadcast on ESPN+. Continue reading “A Blue Collar Beatdown”
Saturday from The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, former Light-Heavyweight Champion 🇨🇴Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (25-1-0, 13KO) and 🇺🇸Joe Smith Jr. (25-3-0, 20KO) will clash in a 12 round eliminator bout to open up the four man tournament that will determine the WBO Champion. Continue reading “Alvarez and Smith Kick off WBO Four Man Light-Heavyweight Tourney”
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.