Sergey Kovalev was the much busier fighter as he out-threw Eldier Alvarez 816-369 and outlanded him 213-111. Kovalev outlanded him in 11 of the 12 rounds to win a solid unanimous decision.
Sergey Kovalev reclaimed the WBO light heavyweight championship he lost to Eleider Alvarez six months ago.
Kovalev controlled the pace throughout the fight, finishing with a flurry in the 12th round and winning the rematch in a unanimous decision.
The 35-year-old, who had the first three losses of his career in his previous five fights, pushed through a couple of moments of fatigue like those that seemed to affect him in the defeat that cost him the title in the 175-pound division.
Two judges had Kovalev ahead 116-112. The third judge didn’t give Alvarez (24-1) a single round, scoring it 120-108 in the 34-year-old Colombian’s first loss.