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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Kovalev vs. Alvarez Is On

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The promoters Kathy Duva, from New York, and Yvon Michel, from Montréal, finalized an agreement few hours ago for a world championship bout between the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez and the Russian Sergey Kovalev, a 12 rounds bout who could be presented in July at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Alvarez (23-0-0), who is the mandatory challenger for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world since 2015, was hoping since more than two years to face the WBC 175 pounds champion of the world, Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0), but his dream never became reality. Stevenson (29-1-0) will defend his title against the Swedish African Badou Jack (22-1-2) March 19th at Bell Centre in Montréal.

When Yvon Michel, the promoter of the GYM Group, told him that Kathy Duva was very interested to oppose him to Kovalev (32-2-1), Alvarez said yes with no hesitation.

“Kovalev is the actual WBO champion of the world, and he is ready to face me,” said Alvarez to a radio commentator in Montréal. “I mentioned to Yvon Michel: Please, finalize a deal with Kathy Duva, because I am so tired to wait my chance to fight for a world title. I am waiting this opportunity since more than two years.”

We can expect that the winner of the bout Kovalev-Alvarez would fight after the winner of the fight Stevenson-Jack, for the unification of the WBC and WBO light heavyweight world titles.

Apparently, it’s the Showtime intention to realize an unification titles match between the winners of these two world championship bouts challenge the Mexican Jesus Beltran (1-1-0), and Osias will meet the Mexican Josele Napoles (6-7-0).


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