Kovalev vs. Alvarez Live Results
Sergey Kovalev looks to continue his road back to the top of boxing’s light heavyweight division, as he defends the WBO and IBA titles tonight against Eleider Alvarez at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Kovalev was the unified WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion, unbeaten at 30 wins and 1 draw before he lost the titles via unanimous decision to Andre Ward in November 2016. Kovalev was then stopped in the eighth round of a June 2017 rematch before Ward retired and surrendered the titles. Since then, “Krusher” Kovalev won back the WBO title (as well as the IBA and EBP titles) in November 2017 against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and retained the WBO and EBP titles against Igor Mikhalkin back in March.
Despite hopes of becoming undisputed champion in the light heavyweight champion, Kovalev is not looking past Alvarez. Alvarez is unbeaten at 23-0, last defeating Jean Pascal in June 2017 to retain the WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Title. Despite Alvarez’s longtime contender status, Kovalev was originally scheduled to defend against Marcus Browne before Browne was arrested for domestic violence in April, allowing for Alvarez to move into the challenger spot against Kovalev (and subsequently allowing for the May bout between Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack to happen).
(c.) Sergey Kovalev vs. Eleider Alvarez: WBO & IBA Light Heavyweight Championships:
Round 1: Left hand from Kovalev. Combo thrown by Alvarez. Quick two punches thrown by Alvarez, followed by a combo from Kovalev. Couple of punches from Kovalev. Alvarez misses a counter. Kovalev tries to corner Alvarez but the challenger quickly gets out. Kovalev gets Alvarez to the ropes with about a minute left but Alvarez holds his own. A couple of left hands by Kovalev. Kovalev misses a couple of lefts. Alvarez misses a left. The two exchange briefly to end the round.
Round 2: Kovalev applies pressure early. Alvarez tries to throw to the body, but Kovalev tries to sneak in a couple of counter punches. Alvarez misses and eats a small counter. Kovalev cutting off the ring. Alvarez throws a weak left. The two get close and Alvarez lands a couple of more lefts. Kovalev with the left. Clinch as the round goes quiet before a brief exchange. Kovalev still chasing Alvarez down as the round ends following an Alvarez clinch that goes to the ropes.
Round 3: Some early exchanges, with Kovalev feeling what Alvarez has got. But Kovalev answers back with a couple of hard shots of his own. Kovalev throws a couple of lefts. Each man makes the other eat a straight. Kovalev getting Alvarez back to the ropes before throwing a couple of combinations. Left hand by Alvarez. Kovalev throws a left, but Alvarez lands a counter right. Small combo from Kovalev. The two exchange again. Alvarez showing off some footwork, ducking out of the way of Kovalev’s punches late in the round.
Round 4: The two come out to the center firing early. Kovalev throws a left as the two exchange hooks. Kovalev throws a combo, which Alvarez responds to with a counter to the body. Alvarez rocks the challenger with a series of punches. Alvarez coming back, trying to apply some pressure of his own. Kovalev fires off two shots before the two go back to exchanging. Right hand from Alvarez. Kovalev trying to cut off the ring once more, though he does seem a little tired as the two clinch before the end of the round.
Round 5: Kovalev misses with the left. Kovalev with the weak left, before Alvarez fires away. Kovalev answers back with quick leather to Alvarez, who bounces against the ropes. Alvarez fires back a combination before the two end up in a clinch. Left hands from Kovalev. Kovalev throws a combo at Alvarez. Kovalev gets Alvarez back into a corner, but Alvarez’s footwork gets him out again.
Round 6: Kovalev misses with a punch. Kovalev throws a couple of lefts. The two circle before Kovalev throws a left, which Alvarez answers with a combo. Alvarez comes onto the attack once again, getting Alvarez into a corner and landing some hard body shots before Alvarez clinches. Kovalev throws a combo. Kovalev applying the pressure for the final 45 seconds.
Round 7: Left by Alvarez, Kovalev throws a combo. Kovalev throws a combination. Alvarez putting up his hands, really trying to focus on his defense while sneaking in shots. Alvarez landing several shots, but Kovalev is still dominant until one quick right hand drops him! He gets up, but he is dropped by a quick and furious combination less than a minute later! After he gets up, he eats one more punch before dropping for a third time and the ref ends the fight! Eleider Alvarez is the new champion!
Official result: Eleider Alvarez def. (c.) Sergey Kovalev via KO (Rd. 7, 2:45)