Cloutier's Canada Corner
Eleider Alvarez: "In The Sixth Round, I Felt
That Kovalev Was Less Energetic Than Me"
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL — The new WBO light heavyweight champion of the
world, the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez, believes he
won a battle of strategies against the Russian Sergey
Kovalev. Saturday evening in the ring of the Hard Rock
Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City, Alvarez (24-0-0) dethroned
Kovalev (32-3-1) as WBO 175 pounds champion of the world,
with a victory by KO in the seventh round.
Kovalev was leading on points after six rounds, but Alvarez
provoked three knockdowns in a span of one minute in the
seventh round, to win the fight by KO.
“Kovalev attacked energetically in the first half of the
fight, but in the sixth round, I felt his punches lost a lot
of power,” said Alvarez.” And in the seventh round, I
connected my most powerful punches of the fight, and Kovalev
went three times on the floor. I am persuaded I was more
energetic than him after six rounds of action, and you saw
the result. No doubt in my mind, I won the battle of the
Kathy Duva, the Kovalev’s promoter, said: “Sergey started
the fight very well, but he looked tired after the sixth
round, Alvarez did not spent too much energy in the first
half of the bout, and you saw it, he was on fire in the
Alvarez is probably right when he is saying he won the
battle of the strategies.
Alvarez and Kovalev got a rematch clause in their contract,
but we will see if this rematch will become reality.
A Russian journalist is persuaded that Kovalev will announce
his retirement in the weeks to come, instead dispute a
rematch with Alvarez. This writer said: “Sergey is 35 years
old, and he lost three of his last six bouts (two against
Andre Ward). I won’t be surprised at all if Sergey end his
The promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon Michel, the Alvarez’s
promoter, was so excited after the fight. “Eleider just
obtained one of the most important win in the history of the
Canadian pro boxing,” said Yvon Michel. “Kovalev was
established favorite to win this fight (4-1), and Eleider
won it by KO in less than seven rounds. Eleider scored a lot
of significant wins since the beginning in pro boxing
career, but this conquest of the WBO light heavyweight
championship of the world is clearly the biggest achievement
of his life. I never saw Eleider so excited when the referee
confirmed his victory, and us too were very excited.”
Yvon Michel will discuss with Kathy Duva next week, to see
if a rematch Kovalev-Alvarez is possible or not. The big
question, obviously, is to know if Kovalev wants to quit
boxing or try again.