Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev Rematch Heading To 2019

By Steve Kim

On August 4th at the Hard Rock & Hotel in Atlantic City, Eleider Alvarez shocked the boxing world by stopping Sergey Kovalev in the seventh round for the WBO light heavyweight title.

Kovalev and Main Events hold a rematch clause that they will be enforcing.

And according to the head of Main Events, Kathy Duva - ''It'll be at the end of probably January."

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The first fight took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and expect the second go-around to be held somewhere on the East Coast.

"It's going to be where Canadians can drive to, that gives us New York, New Jersey Connecticut, Pennsylvania. These are the kind of places Canadians can get to and they definitely came to the first one. So I'd imagine we'd get them back," said Duva to

What isn't so clear is just who will televise the rematch. While HBO broadcast the first fight between the two, Duva further explained to BoxingScene - "They kept their options open, they have a matching right. So they didn't want to pay what was in the contract. So we'll see how it turns out."

Alvarez was the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Adonis Stevenson since the fall of 2015, when he won a decision over Isaac Chilemba. Despite working with the same promoter and adviser, for one reason or another the fight with Stevenson was continuously pushed back.

After Stevenson passed him over earlier this year in favor of Badou Jack, Alvarez took a chance by quickly signing a deal to fight Kovalev.

In a back and forth fight, Alvarez dropped Kovalev three times in the seventh round before the contest was waved off by the referee.

Coming in, Kovalev had won two straight after losing back to back fights to Andre Ward.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MeanestNiceGuy on 09-07-2018

The Krusher's soul has been taken 3 times already. I respect him for pushing for this rematch though. It's gotta mess up your mental when a not-so-big puncher drops you 3 times in route to TKO loss when YOU'RE supposed…

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 09-07-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19076582]Maybe Joe Smith Jr.? Anthony Yarde?[/QUOTE] No way Frank Warren puts Anthony Yarde in their with Bivol. Warren is the king of milking his fighters, Yarde wants nothing to do with Buatsi (himself a relative novice still learning)

Comment by MrFynest on 09-07-2018

This rematch shouldn't happen anytime soon but still props to Kovalev for having more balls than Stevenson to even fight him. Something Stevensons been avoiding for over 2 years. Stevenson has gotta be one of the worst champs in history…

Comment by thekenneth on 09-06-2018

[QUOTE=Sosay;19076999]You guys are funny. Do you not want to see this fight again? I do. The best vs the best is all we hope for. Kov got stopped but was clearly winning. The second fight will answer even more questions.…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 09-06-2018

I have a sneaky suspicion Alvarez is going to win even easier this time around.

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