Cloutier's Canada Corner
Alvarez KO’s Kovalev To Become Light Heavy Champ
By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Marlene Marquez
LAS VEGAS —— The Las Vegas bookies hit a home run in
establishing favorite (4-1) the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez
against the Russian Sergey Kovalev, Saturday evening in the
ring of the MGM Arena in Las Vegas. WBA and WBC middleweight
(160 pounds) champion of the world, Alvarez became WBO light
heavyweight champion of the world, in beating Kovalev by
KO. Alvarez in the fourth Mexican fighter to win a world
championship in a fourth weight division.
“It’s the biggest win of my pro boxing career,” said Alvarez
right after the bout.” i just make history in dethroning
Kovalev as WBO light heavyweight champion of the round.
Kovalev said he was the master of the 175 pounds division,
but I am now. Kovalev was very competitive in the first half
of the fight, but more the fight was progressing, and more I
was dominating the action. It was a big challenge, but I did
what I needed to do the win this crucial fight. I am sure
than my fans are proud of me now”.
Kovalev dominated the first round with his jabs and few
power punches. Alvarez connected a couple of good shots, but
he fought more defensively in the opening round.
The second was intense and pretty close. Kovalev maintained
his attacks with the jabs and power punches, and Alvarez
replied with few power hooks.
In the third round, Kovalev attacked intensively, and
Alvarez got a couple of good counter-attacks.
The two fighters were aggressive in the fourth round.
Kovalev connected more punches than his opponent, but
Alvarez placed few good power shots.
The fifth round was another intense one. Alvarez got several
good attacks, and Kovalev used again his jabs more than his
A good sixth round for Alvarez, who attacked intensively. He
connected several good power shots, more than Kovalev.
The seventh round was another productive sequence for
Alvarez. He placed more power shots than his opponent.
Alvarez fought defensively in the eight round, and several
spectators booing him. Kovalev jump on this occasion to
place his jabs and power shots.
The round number nine was intense and close, each fighter
having his productive moments offensively.
In the 10th round, Kovalev connected more punches than his
rival, but Alvarez placed few good hooks to the head and the
In the 11th round, Alvarez was extremely aggressive, he
attacked furiously, and he knocked Kovalev out with a superb
right hand on the chin.
After he fight Kovalev stated. “I was tired after round 6,
because I had my last fight very close to this one, but it’s
okay, it’s a new experience for me. Canelo is really a great
champion. A little bit right now, I didn’t recover from my
last fight. But it’s okay. Thanks for the fight Canelo, I
have big respect for him. He made history.”