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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 round.

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 Chilemba.

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 attack.

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 it 116-112.

“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 Undercard

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 enough.

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 round,

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.


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