Report: What Does The Future Hold For Eleider Alvarez?
At 36, Eleider Alvarez has managed to carve an impressive legacy in boxing. Following his second professional loss, is “Storm” considering putting an end to his career?
Marc Ramsay, Alvarez’s (25-2) head trainer, spoke to The Montreal Journal regarding Alvarez’s future. Alvarez is coming off of a big loss against Joe Smith Jr. this past weekend. Inside the MGM Grand Conference Center, Smith knocked Alvarez down through the ropes for the ninth-round KO win. CompuBox had Alvarez landing 81 shots compared to Smith’s 135.
With the two forming a pact in the case of his decline, Ramsay discussed the idea of Alvarez hanging up his gloves.
“We thought we were going to do one last lap together and that we were going to make sure it was fun,” Ramsay stated, via Boxing Scene. “We were going to keep moving forward as long as it made sense. Against Smith Jr, this is the first time that we saw that we were really not in the game. I want us to stop this. We must not forget that there is life after boxing.
“We had difficulties during this camp [for the Kovalev rematch]. We continued to have them thereafter. I watch him in the gym. Eleider isn’t the same guy anymore. I’ve been seeing it for a while. The legs are not there as before. His metabolism slowed down. He just isn’t able to keep up and neither is his body.”
Alvarez made his professional debut in 2009. A former WBO-NABO and WBC Silver Light-Heavyweight Champion, Alvarez would end up fighting for a world title in 2018. He beat Sergey Kovalev in August of that year via TKO to win the WBO and IBA Light-Heavyweight Titles. He would lose the titles back to Kovalev in the rematch in February 2019.
The Pan American Games gold medalist would rebound with a knockout win over Michael Seals. Alvarez trained for this fight when it was planned for July 16 but injured himself before it. Ramsay believes that this truly is the end of the line.
“We did what we had to do in the gym to be ready for this fight.,” Ramsay went on to say. “It’s not a question of tactics or preparation. Eleider is simply at the end. In boxing, this is obvious more than it is in other sports. You can’t hide on a fourth line like in hockey.”
Alvarez has yet to officially announce his retirement from the sport. Smith will now face the winner of Umar Salamov v. Maxim Vlasov to determine a new WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion.