Sergey Kovalev was out to prove his critics wrong and he just that on Saturday night at Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.
Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) regained the WBO light heavyweight championship by out-boxing and out-classing previously-unbeaten Eleider Alvarez over 12 rounds. The fight topped the latest major boxing event on ESPN+ and Kovalev was masterful from start to finish. The Dagestani moved behind his jab and landed plenty of power shots to the head and body, nullifying virtually everything Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) tried.
Kovalev seemed to shake the Colombian on multiple occasions throughout their contest, but “Krusher” played it relatively safe until the end, never over-extending himself like he did when the two collided last summer. “Storm” was never allowed to get his offense going and essentially survived until the final bell, never threatening his challenger in the fight.
In the end, Kovalev won a lopsided unanimous decision via tallies of 116-112 (twice) and 120-108 to become a three-time world champion at light heavyweight.
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