Alvarez Wants Trilogy Bout with Kovalev
When compared to the sudden, comeback knockout that won him the WBO light heavyweight title from Sergey Kovalev back in August, Eleider Alvarez’s performance in his Feb. 2 title defense was lackluster.
Kovalev outworked Alvarez over 12 rounds to become a three-time light heavyweight champion this past Saturday night in Texas.
Alvarez blamed the loss, and his performance, on being more focused on scoring a knockout than going the distance.
“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. “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.”
Alvarez wants to settle the score in a trilogy bout. Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Kovalev’s promoter, says the chances of a trilogy bout are slim considering the second fight fell flat in comparison to the first. However, Duva said, the chances can increase if Alvarez wins another light heavyweight world title, as Kovalev is focused on becoming undisputed champion of the division.
“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.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene