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Photos: Sergey Kovalev Erases Doubts, Boxes Past Eleider Alvarez

Sergey Kovalev gained a measure of revenge, and in the process, regained his title. Kovalev bested Eleider Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision to win the WBO light heavyweight world title, becoming a three-time world champion. (photos by Mikey Williams)

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The scores were 116-112 (2X) and 120-108.

Alvarez knocked out Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) in seven rounds last August. This time, Kovalev controlled the action with his jab, and in the 12th round, he stunned Alvarez with an assortment of blows.

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In the end, the judges were in agreement, and Kovalev is a champion once again.

After nearly 11 months out of the ring recovering from a broken jaw, WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez did not miss a beat. Valdez made the fifth defense of his title, notching a seventh-round TKO over the previously unbeaten Carmine Tommasone.

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Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) scored a pair of knockdowns in the fourth, the first one coming courtesy of a counter right hand and the second one via a left hook to the belt line.
 
Valdez knocked down Tommasone again in the sixth, which spelled the beginning of the end for the game Italian. Early in the seventh, an uppercut floored Tommasone, and the referee immediately stopped the fight.

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The 2018 Prospect of the Year started 2019 off in style. Teofimo Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) knocked out former two-time world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-3, 13 KOs) in the seventh, retaining his NABA, NABF, and USBA lightweight titles.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Al Broker on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;19485734]Most idiots on this site consider a low blow stoppage legit. :pat:[/QUOTE] Kovalev wasn’t beating Ward regardless. People are better off talking about the first fight than the second. The ref is to blame for the second fight. Duva tried…

Comment by Al Broker on 02-04-2019

Erases doubts? Mikey Garcia beating an already defending champ in Robert Easter Jr. erases doubt. Seeing how Alvarez was on his A game in the first fight and perhaps his B game in the rematch, and that Kova did get…

Comment by eco1 on 02-04-2019

[QUOTE=////;19485050]Congrats to Kovalev on avenging his only legitimate loss[/QUOTE] I second this!!!

Comment by Johnston on 02-04-2019

Happy for kovalev, hopefully he can gain some momentum again

Comment by Santa_ on 02-03-2019

Great performance. Bring on The Nail! :boxing:

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