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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Eleider Alvarez: "I Know I Have
The Weapons To Beat Sergey Kovalev"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez is living the best days of his pro boxing career.

Alvarez (23-0-0) will face the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, the Russian Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1), in July. He is excited like a kid in a ice cream parlor.

“No doubt in my mind, I will dethrone Kovalev as WBO champion of the world,” said Alvarez Thursday afternoon in a press conference held at the GYM Group Office in the Old Montréal. “I know I have the weapons to beat him. However, I will need a great preparation, because Kovalev is actually the best heavyweight in the world. I am very excited and motivated by this event. It’s the most important fight of my pro boxing career. I am excited like a kid actually. And the people around me knows me, more a challenge is big, more I am motivated, and more I am performing in the ring.”

The promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon Michel, said that the fight Kovalev-Alvarez won't be presented at Madison Square Garden in New York. “I talked to Kathy Duva, the Kovalev’s promoter, and she is agree with me, it’s not a good idea at all to present this fight at Madison Square Garden,” said Yvon Michel. “I told her I want to present the fight at Bell Centre in Montréal or at the Videotron Centre in Québec City, and she will give me a response in about a week. I know that a fight Alvarez-Kovalev would draw a big crowd in Montréal or Québec City. Alvarez and Kovalev are both popular on our territory. But if ever the fight is presented in USA, it won’t be in New York City.”

The date and the site of the event should be confirmed before the end of the month.

Kovalev mentioned to several people that he loved to fight in Canada. He beat twice the Montrealer Jean Pascal at Bell Centre in Montréal, each time by TKO.

Alvarez’s trainer, Marc Ramsay, is persuaded that his fighter will have the best preparation of his career in the weeks to come. “Eleider is a real pro,” said Ramsay. “More a fight is significant, more his preparation is great. Eleider knows that this fight with Kovalev is the biggest challenge of his career, the greatest moment of his pro boxing career. Kovalev is a very dangerous puncher with both fists, but Eleider himself can punch, and he is better than Kovalev technically. No doubt, Eleider has the weapons to dethrone Kovalev. But my fighter will need to fight with a perfect concentration from the first minute to the last minute of the fight. No fighter can commit mistakes against a boxer like Kovalev.”

When a journalist asked him: “Eleider, if you beat Kovalev, will you be intesrested to fight Adonis Stevenson for the unification of the WBC and WBO world titles”, Alvarez smiled.

“Stevenson? No way! I was his mandatory challenger since more than two years, and he always avoids me,” said Alvarez. Do you think it’s logical that a world champion refuses to fight his first contender during more than two years? Absolutely not. Stevenson is out of my picture forever.”

And Yvon Michel confirmed that it’s not Showtime which will televise this fight Kovalev-Alvarez, but HBO.


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