Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Alvarez Beats Kovalev By KO;
Bivol Still WBA Champion
By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: David Spagnolo - Main Events
ATLANTIC CITY - Destiny turned superbly for the Montrealer
Colombian Eleider Alvarez Saturday evening in the ring of
the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. The bookies in
Las Vegas were establishing the Russian Sergey Kovalev
favorite by 4-1, but they missed the target. Alvarez
surprised the Russian, beating him by KO in the seventh
Alvarez dethroned Kovalev (32-3-1) as WBO light heavyweight
champion of the world. Alvarez was fighting for his first
world championship in pro boxing.
Kovalev was dominating on points after the sixth round, but
Alvarez attacked furiously in the seventh, and he sent his
opponent to the floor three time. The fight was over.
Alvarez remains undefeated in 24 pro bouts (24-0-0).
“Kovalev gave me a solid opposition, but I have been
patient, and I attacked intensively at the right moment”,
said Alvarez after the bout. “Look the result! I knew I got
the technique and the power to win this fight. For sure, I
am realizing a dream tonight… become world champion, I was
waiting since more than two years to get a chance to fight
for a world championship, but Adonis Stevenson (the WBC
champion) never gave me my chance. Finally, I got my chance
with Kovalev..,. and it’s turned out marvelously for me. I
will celebrate in the next hours, no doubt about it.”
The two boxers fought carefully in the first round, each one
was studying the style of the opponent.
Alvarez was more aggressive and more confident in the second
round, and he connected several good punches.
In the third round, Kovalev, at his turn, became aggressive
and touched Alvarez with several power shots.
Kovalev gave a very hard time to Alvarez in the fourth
round. He attacked intensively during two minutes.
Intense, Alvarez dominate the first minute of the fifth
round, but Kovalev controlled totally the action in the last
minute of the round.
Kovalev attacked energetically in the sixth round, and
Alvarez finished the round with a cut over the right eye.
In the seventh round, Alvarez exploded with furious attacks,
he provoked three knockdowns and the referee intervened to
declare Kovalev KO.
“I connected my power shots at the perfect moment,” said
Alvarez. “In the seventh, each time I caught him with a
powerful shot from the right hand, he went on the floor. I
could not hope for a better development. It’s a very
spectacular win for my team and for me.”
Complete Domination For Bivol
No surprise, the Russian Dmitry Bivol still WBA light
heavyweight champion of the world. He maintained his perfect
record (14-0-0) in beating the South African Isaac Chilemba
(25-6-2) by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.
Bivol connected several power shots in the first two rounds.
His punches were fast and accurate. Bivol attacked
intensively in the third round and he gave a hard time to
After a fourth and a fifth rounds relatively close, Bivol
connected several power shots in the sixth round. The
seventh and eight rounds, like the fourth and the fifth,
were pretty close.
In the ninth round, Bivol got an intense and spectacular
Bivol controlled the action in the 10th round with his
speed, intensity and precision. Chilemba was aggressive in
the 11th and 12th rounds, but it was not easy for him to
touch a good mover like Bivol.
Two judges scored the bout 120-108, the third judge scored
“Chilemba fought courageously, but no doubt I controlled the
action in almost every rounds,” said Bivol after the bout.
“I knew that my speed, skills and power would make win this
fight clearly. Chilemba has a very long reach, but I
connected power shots in very rounds. Now, I hope to be
involved in an unification titles bout.”
The middleweight Meirim Nursultanov, from Kazakstan, stayed
undefeated in eight pro bouts (8-0-0) with a victory by TKO
over the Dominican Jonathan Batista.
Nursultanov sent his rival on the floor in the second round
with a power shot on the chin. At the end of the round,
Batista indicated to his corner men that was giving up.
The Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev, a super welterweight, did
not work very hard to score his 13 win in pro boxing
(13-0-0). He stopped the Mexican Fernando Carcamo (23-9-0)
after only 41 seconds of action.
Murtazaliev provoked a knockdown after 30 seconds of action
in the bout, and the referee intervened to declare Carcamo
TKO. On the canvas, the Mexican showed to the referee he got
The New Yorker Frank Galarza, a super welterweight, improved
his pro record to 20-2-2, beating another New Yorker, Alex
Duarte (13-6-1) by KO in the second round,
Galarza provoked two knockdowns in the second round, and
after the second one, Duarte has been unable to get back on
his legs before the count of 10.
The lightweight Karl Dargan, from Philadelphia, increased
his record to 18-1-0 with a
The super middleweight Denis Doughlin, from Malboro, New
Jersey, inflicted to Vaugh Alexander, from St-Louis,
Missouri, his first lost in pro boxing (12-1-0).
Alexander was better than his rival technically, but
Doughlin (20-6-0) was more aggressive in each round, and
finally, he connected more punches than his opponent in most
of the rounds.
The super welterweight Madivar Askkenev, from Kazakstan,
obtained his 10th win in pro boxing (10-0-0), beating
Eduardo Flores (24-50-5), from Ecuador, by TKO in the fourth
More intense, better technically, Ashkenev was clearly
superior than his rival.
The welterweight Enriko Gogokhia, from the Republic of
Georgia, scored his eight win in pro boxing with a victory
by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Colombian
Ronald Montes (18-10-0).
Gogokhia was clearly better than his opponent technically.
In the opening bout of the evening, the New Yorker super
welterweight Ismael Villarreal improve his pro record to
3-0-0, in winning by unanimous decision in four rounds
against Kieran Hooks (3-1-1), from Philadelphia.