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
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
“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.