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Alvarez Established 5-1 Favorite Against Michael Seals

By Daniel Cloutier


VERONA, New York - If the Las Vegas bookies are right, the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez will beat the American Michael Seals in this vacant WBC Light heavyweight (175 pounds) Continental Americas championship, Saturday evening at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Alvarez is established favorite by 5-1 to win this fight.

Seals was laughing in hearing the Las Vegas bookies odds. “Alvarez got his chance in world championships bouts in 2018 and 2019 (both against the Russian Sergey Kovalev), but it’s my turn now,” said Seals at the weigh in. “I am gonna win this bout and get my chance to become world champion. Alvarez is an excellent fighter, but I know what to achieve to beat him. I know I am a powerful puncher, but I have my technique and my strategy also. I got a great preparation for this bout and I am ready to deliver a great performance.”

Alvarez also has the conviction he will be in the winning side. “I have the experience, the technique and the power to win this bout,” said Alvarez. “I saw Seals in action on videos, then, I know exactly what to do to dominate the rounds and win the fight, no matter if it’s by KO, TKO or judge’s decision. The key for me, it’s to win it, because I want absolutely to dispute another world championship in 2020. And I know that a win over Seals will certainly help me to get another opportunity to dispute a world championship bout in 2020.”

Marc Ramsay, Elder Alvarez’s trainer, said: “I am more than satisfy by the preparation of my fighter. I know that he is considering this bout crucial for his future in boxing. and he is right, I really believe he’s gonna win by KO or TKO in the last three rounds, and he will be in position to get other participation to a world championship bout. Eleiider has a very special talent. He is not only a good puncher, he is excellent technically and he has a solid chin. I am positive he will dominate more rounds then his opponent, and he will finish the bout on a spectacular way.”

Alvarez won 12 times by KO or TKO, Seals 18 times, including his last three fights.

At the weigh in, Alvarez posted an official weight of 174 pounds, versus 173.6 for Seals, a fighter from Fairborn, Georgia State.

“Marc Ramsay is right, Eleider Alvarez has a very special talent,” said the promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon Michel. “I really believe he is gonna win this important fight and he will be back in position to get another shot for a world championship fight.”

For the main event, the referee will be Danny Schiavone, from Hartford, Connecticut, and the judges will be Dion Ackerman, from Oneida, New York, Glenn Feldman, from Avon, Connecticut, and John McKale, from New York City.

The lightweight (135 pounds) Felix Verdejo (25-1-0), from Porto Rico, the super bantamweight (122 pounds) Jonathan Guzman, from Dominican Republic, the featherweight (126 pounds) Christopher Diaz (24-2-0). from Porto Rico, the super featherweight (130 pounds) Abraham Nova (17-0-0), from Albany, New York, the heavyweight Devin Vargas (21-6-0), from Sylvania, Ohio, and the heavyweight Jared Anderson (2-0-0), from Toledo, Ohio, will be involved in the preliminaries bouts of the evening.

The fight Verdejo-Rojas is scheduled for 10 rounds. All the other preliminaries bouts are scheduled for eight round, except the opening fight of the evening, the bout Anderson-Satterfield, scheduled for four rounds.

Verdejo will fight Manuel Rey Rojas (18-3-0), from Dallas, Texas, Guzman will face the Mexican Rodolfo Hernandez-Montoya (30-8-1), Diaz will be opposed to the Brazilian Adelson Dos Santos (19-7-0), Nova will challenge the Mexican Pedro Navarrete (30-24-3), Vargas will fight Victor Brisbal (23-4-0), from Porto Rico, and Anderson will face Andrew Satterfield (5-3-0), from Ohio State.

At the weight in, Verdejo posted an official weight of 136.8 pounds, Rojas 135.8, Guzman 122, Hernandez-Montoya 122.3, Diaz 126.6, Dod Santos 126.4 Nova 132, Navarrete 133, Vargas 223, Brisbal 272, Anderson 215 and finally, Satterfield 239.5 pounds.

This boxing show will be televised in USA by ESPN.



 

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