Sergey Kovalev defeats Eleider Alvarez, regains world title
Light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev regained his WBO light heavyweight title by handing out a one-sided decision to Eleider Alvarez in the main event of their headlining fight from The Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.
Kovalev, who was knocked out by Alvarez in Atlantic City, New Jersey had been written off leading into the bout as a felony assault case brought against him by a women, weeks before the fight, along with an indifferent type attitude had many believing the best of Kovalev was behind us. – They, including myself, were wrong — very wrong.
Kovalev secured my non-existant vote for the hall of fame, as he did what not many others besides Roberto Duran and George Foreman have done – win a world title again after a devastating defeat. Kovalev was brutally stopped by Alvarez late-last year, but in this bout, Kovalev looked far superior the whole way through.
Kovalev used straight punches mainly a good jab and a solid right hand behind to keep Alvarez at distance. The end result was one of Kovalev’s best performances of his career as he essentially shutout a fighter, who had just beaten him. Alvarez tried to land to the body, but he simply couldn’t get in front of Kovalev and throw often.
Narratives were recited over and over about this fight, one of which being Kovalev would fade late, well – that was not the case. Kovalev got stronger in the later rounds as might go down as one of his career defining wins.
The judges saw the bout 116-112, 116-112 and 120-108.