Eleider Alvarez: I Was Too Focused on KO, I Want Kovalev Trilogy

by Elisinio Castillo

This past Saturday night in Texas, Sergey Kovalev became a light heavyweight champion for a third time when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Eleider Alvarez to capture the WBO title.

Last August, Alvarez pulled off one of the most shocking victories of the year when he dropped Kovalev three times to score a knockout in the seventh round.

In the rematch, Alvarez was not very active as Kovalev outworked him and outboxed him in most of the rounds.

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Alvarez admits that he was too focused on trying to secure a knockout that never came.

"It was not my night, I admit that I tried to knock him out, that was my plan, but things did not work out," Alvarez said to The Colombian. "I wanted to end it before the twelfth round, but it didn't happen."

"I have a few weeks of rest that will allow me to talk with my coaches and managers to see what is the best way forward."

Obviously, Alvarez wants another crack at Kovalev - to settle things with a trilogy fight.

"I want to face him again. I already won one and he won the other," Alvarez said.

"I have to make it very clear, that first I plan to continue in boxing because I am 34 years old and it is not yet time for my retirement; and second, that I have proven that I can be a champion again."

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who promotes Kovalev, recently stated that a trilogy fight with Alvarez was likely not on the cards as the rematch lacked the fireworks of the first contest. Because of the lack of drama, there is very little demand for a third bout.

But, Duva could see a third fight taking place if Alvarez manages to win a world title - since Kovalev wants to unify the weight class.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Vlad_ on 02-09-2019

[QUOTE=Superbee;19500356]Oh I get that... I just didn't read or heard anything for the second fight... I guess there was no rematch clause asked by the Alvarez clan...[/QUOTE] The rematch was already negotiated in the first fight’s contract. Alvarez’s side couldn’t…

Comment by Superbee on 02-09-2019

[QUOTE=tatot;19493991]The rematch clause was part of the agreement in their first fight and it was solely Kovalev’s call and his team to either exercise the said clause or waive it. Hence, Alvarez did not have a choice whatsoever and was…

Comment by My Low Place on 02-07-2019

[QUOTE=Mikedadon;19495700]I didn't see any complexity at all kovalev worked like he was suppose to and like he did the first fight. Remember kovalez was outboxing him the first 6 rounds with a simple 1, 2 until alvarez threw the right…

Comment by siablo14 on 02-07-2019

Yeah. i wanna see a third matchup too.

Comment by pillowfists98 on 02-07-2019

No reason to have a third fight. Kovalev proved he is by far the better boxer.

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