Eleider Alvarez: No Excuses, Kovalev Proved He Wanted To Win

Sergey Kovalev regained his WBO light-heavyweight title with a dominant win over Eleider Alvarez in Texas on Saturday.

Kovalev (33-3-1) was too good for Alvarez in a rematch of their fight from August, when the Colombian claimed the title.

The feared puncher was up on the scorecards when Alvarez knocked him down three times for a knockout win to capture the WBO title.

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This time around, the Russian banger was in top from the outset and secured a unanimous decision win, the judges scoring it 120-108, 116-112 and 116-112 in Kovalev's favor.

It marked the third time Kovalev has won the title as he ended the unbeaten record of Alvarez (24-1).

“I have no excuses,” Alvarez said. “I knew he would be the favorite if it went to a decision. He won the fight.”

Kovalev landed the cleaner shots in the opening two rounds before Alvarez started to slowly work his way back into the fight.

A couple of good body shots had Kovalev on top in the fourth round before an action-packed sixth, which saw Alvarez land a big right hand before Kovalev finished strongly, hitting his opponent with an uppercut.

Alvarez lifted his intensity in the seventh round but it was Kovalev dominating, seeing out what was a comprehensive victory.

"I don't see myself as a loser tonight, but I do give him credit, especially in that 12th round. I think that he went out and proved that he wanted to win," Alvarez said. 

Kovalev's performance left very little demand for a trilogy fight - but Alvarez is still a formidable opponent for what is now a loaded division with world champions like Dmitry Bivol, Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev. WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez is also planning to move up to the light heavyweight ranks - and there are contenders like Marcus Browne and Badou Jack.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=Ray*;19487495]I look at it as him knowing if it comes to boxing and winning a UD then it would be Kovalev, if it by KO then its me. He obviously see himself as been limited in terms of boxing to…

Comment by MeanestNiceGuy on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19487353]... I don't know, man... I thought that Banks simply caught Mayhem cold in the first match... and they both were fringe contenders, in fact they both ended their careers very soon after that rematch...[/QUOTE] Very true. I sort of…

Comment by Ray* on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=Damn Wicked;19486481]Seems like the writer in the article didn't pay much attention to Alvarez's post fight, in-ring interview. Alvarez said, "I have no excuses. [B][I]I know that if it went the distance he was going to be the favorite, so…

Comment by Ray* on 02-04-2019

Gracious in defeat.

Comment by apollocreed on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;19487080]... this was interesting... I thought that "taking a dive" means dropping and faking a KO... the case with Alvarez was that he didn't press and throw enough punches... Zurdo is huge and young!... :) ... he did wobble him…

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