Eleider Alvarez scored an upset by stopping Sergey Kovalev in the seventh round to contend Kovalevs share of the light-headed heavyweight championship in Atlantic City
Eleider Alvarez scored an upset on Saturday by plummeting Sergey Kovalev three times in the seventh round en route to a technical knockout to claim Kovalev’s share of the light heavyweight championship in Atlantic City.
Alvarez won the WBO light heavyweight claim and intent Kovalev’s reign atop the schism.
The unbeaten Colombian, who formerly had surgery on his right hand, encountered the dominance in that hand to level Kovalev with a right and transmit him to the canvas. Alvarez pounced and pounded away at Kovalev when he beat the 10 -count and knocked him down two more hours and referee David Fields ended the fight.
” It was a two( pierce) combo that I have been hurling my whole profession and we worked on it in camp ,” said Alvarez, who territory 73 of 251 perforates( 29%) is comparable to 91 of 339 for Kovalev( 27% ).” I have always practiced that in clique and we thought it would work in this camp .”
Kovalev had entered with the WBO’s version of the 175 lb title coming off consecutive knockout prevails following back-to-back losses resulting from Andre Ward, which marked the lone two setbacks of his professional career.
Now Alvarez( 24 -0, 12 KOs ), whose resume includes acquires over Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute that helped pay him Saturday’s shot at the deed, could move into a merger bout against Dmitry Bivol, who successfully represented his WBA light heavyweight region on the undercard at the brand-new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
There had been hopes to match Kovalev( 32 -3- 1) against Bivol in a entitle unifier, perhaps eventually this year.
Alvarez caught Kovalev, who hasn’t been the same since the losses to Ward, and threw those intentions on ice. His third knockdown left Kovalev on all fours and he sat motionless on the canvas as Alvarez took a victory change into his corner.
” I wanted to show that I could stay strong and do good things ,” Alvarez said.” His pierces were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight .”
Bivol took it 116 -1 12 on one scorecard, while two others had it 120 -1 08, in persuading victory.
” Chilemba is a good boxer and he had champion flavour tonight ,” Bivol said.
Kovalev had said he wanted to merge the names and a time with Bivol seemed on the horizon. Bivol exclusively pictured lights of being to hang in there in a potential bout against Kovalev. Bivol, a Russian, ran the body and catch Chilemba in the sixth with a pair of speedy punch to the top. But he was never in a hurry to finish the fight and the restless crowd booed when the bout stagnated in the eighth round.
Chilemba, with former four-class champion Roy Jones Jr in his area, hung tight and hindered the fight from totally getting away from him. He failed to hurl the dominance punches in the later rounds he needed for a knockout to triumph the fight
Kovalev moved through the realm to a agitate ovation about two hours before the card was set to start on HBO and Bivol already had his spates set on what would have been the most difficult crusade of his career.
” If the devotees want that fight, it will happen ,” the 27 -year-old Bivol said.” I simply want to fight the best boxers .”
Who knows who he’ll get next.
The 35 -year-old Kovalev could get a rematch- he was ahead on all three scorecards- but was dazzled in the seventh and never organized a comeback against the right and a left hook.
It was a thrilling objective to boxing’s return to the boardwalk for the first time in four years. Kovalev likewise headlined that 8 November 2014 card and thump Bernard Hopkins in a championship bout on the last major nighttime of boxing in Atlantic City.
The sport was dropped as the casinoes dried up- five shuttered over that span- before a recent rebirth that included the June opening of the Hard Rock. The legalization of sports potting in
New Jersey needed to be help the city land better posters, even if the heyday of the Mike Tyson battles and other heavyweight name engages are unlikely to return.
Top Rank supports its first AC card since 2013 and has Philadelphia fighters Bryant Jennings and Jesse Hart on an 18 August show at upscale Ocean Resort.
Etess Arena, which opened in 1990 as one of the purposes of the Trump Taj Mahal, had its share of memorable contests back in the day. Michael Moorer won a piece of the heavyweight championship in 1992, Hector Camacho beat Robero Duran in 1996, and George Foreman lost the last oppose of his job to Shannon Briggs in 1997.
Kovalev had a bit of a following in New Jersey- he opposed in three different AC venues in 2014 – and had rolled to a 30 -0- 1 record until his job as derailed by two consecutive losses to Andre Ward.
He won his next two bouts and used a renewed confidence under brand-new coach Abror Tursunpulatov to again grew the light-headed heavyweight champ.
Kovalev was initially slated to fight Marcus Browne until legal issues with the challenger raised concerns about moving forward with the bout.
Eleider substantiated quite the super sub- and now, champion.