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Kovalev & Alvarez Are Both Ready For This Challenge

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez said he suffered a lot during the last month of his training camp in Colombia, but he cannot be more prepared for a big challenge. Alvarez (23-0-0) will have the first world championship of his pro boxing career August 4th in the ring of Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. He will face the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, the Russian Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1).The bout will be televised by HBO.

“Yes, I suffered a lot during my last month of training, because I was working in high altitude in Colombia,” said Alvarez. “I needed to give a tremendous effort day after day, because it’s difficult to breathe in high altitude. But I am really prepared to face this challenge, the biggest opportunity of my boxing career. I saw Sergey Kovalev in action several times. He is a good fighter, but I am too. We have different styles, but I really believe I have the weapons necessaries to surprise him August 4th. Yes, it’s the most important moment of my boxing career, and I cannot waist it. I was dreaming since so long time to get an opportunity to dispute a world championship bout. Adonis Stevenson (the WBC champion) did not give me my chance to fight for a world title, but Kovalev, him, is giving me that chance.”

Alvarez’s promoter, Yvon Michel, the big boss of the GYM Group, finalized a deal with Kathy Duva, the Kovalev’s promoter, the big boss of Main Event, to organize this world championship bout. “This fight Alvarez-Kovalev will be a huge thrill for us,” said Yvon Michel. “Alvarez got a fantastic amateur boxing career, and his career in pro boxing has been also marvelous so far. Alvarez was wishing since long time to dispute a world championship bout, and finally, it’s happening. I know how much Eleider is excited and motivated at few weeks of this match up with Kovalev. No doubt in my mind, Alvarez will fight like hell to become the new WBO light heavyweight champion of the world.”

Kovalev is 35 years old, but he feels strong. “I am 35 years old, but I feel I am a young fighter,” said Kovalev. “I am very impatient to face Alvarez. He is undefeated, but I will become the first fighter to inflect him a defeat. I got a very good preparation, mentally, physically, technically and strategically, and I am more than ready to dispute this world championship. I need to beat Alvarez to get the chance to unify the light heavyweights titles, then, I will take care of Alvarez and my promoter, Kathy Duva, will negotiate for me a unification titles after this fight. I don’t want to think about retirement before I get an unification titles bouts.”

Kovalev is ready to face the Montrealer Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1), the WBC 175 pounds champion of the world, and the Russian Dmitry Bivol (13-0-0), the WBA champion.

Just before the main event, Bivol (13-0-0) will defend his WBA light heavyweight championship of the world against the South African Issac Chilemba (25-5-2).

“I got a great preparation and I am ready for this bout,” said Bivol. “I am totally concentrated on Chilemba now, but after this bout that I am expecting to win, I will see the possibilities to dispute an unification titles bouts.”

When a writer asked him if his considering himself as the king of the light heavyweight, Bivol said: “To be considerer the best heavyweight on the planet, I will need to dispute and win an unification titles bouts. It’s really not the good moment to talk about it.”


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