Alvarez On Difficulty On Dropping Kovalev
Canelo Alvarez knocked out Sergey Kovalev with a punch to the face, but the new WBO light heavyweight champion’s plan was to go for the body.
“As I said in past interviews, that was the intention, to go to the body,” Alvarez said during his post-fight press conference. “However, once you’re there, that’s when other strategies must be placed. It was hard to get to his body, so it was unpredictable, and it was towards the face that we won.”
Alvarez landed double the power punches to Kovalev, who through over 745 total punches before hitting the canvas in the penultimate round, with two of the three judges giving Alvarez the edge 96-94, with one judge scoring the fight even 95-95, even though Alvarez had a better overall punching percentage than the champion.
“We had to have patience,” Alvarez said of waiting for him to hit the winning blow. “We knew we had to have patience. It went farther than we thought, but in the 11th round [trainer] Eddy [Reynoso] sent me to close it out, and that’s what we did.”
“Everything was difficult. What we tried was to go to the body, but obviously, that was very difficult for me, to get to the body. So, we practiced for many other strategies to have, and thank God. Because of practicing many other strategies, we were able to do what we did.”
Initial report: Boxing Scene