Alvarez ready for 'best in the world' after shocking Kovalev

Alvarez ready for 'best in the world' after shocking Kovalev

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (32-2-1, 28KOs) makes the second defense of his title against Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (23-0, 11KOs). Enter Sergey Kovalev, whom many consider the most unsafe light heavyweight since Roy Jones Jr.

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Kathy Duva, Kovalev's promoter, said: "Sergey was way ahead, but I think he seems to gas out after six rounds".

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The result derails plans for a light heavyweight unification bout between Kovalev and Dmitry Bivol, who retained his World Boxing Association belt with a unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba on the same card.

Now that the prospect of Kovalev-Bivol is down the drain, would Alvarez like to face Bivol to unify? Now that matchup has lost its luster.

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Kovalev is 100 percent correct when he says Alvarez is hungry as this will be the first time he'll fight for a major title. Kovalev tried to keep his hands up, but pure exhaustion sucked him in as Alvarez took advantage of the openings, and continued pounding away at Kovalev, sending him to the floor again with a vicious combination.

Alvarez let Kovalev know he was in for a fight in the second round when the challenger's jab proved quicker and he began to beat the champion to the punch. If the aggressive fighter who showed up for Lucian Bute arrives on Saturday night- Kovalev could be in trouble.

Alvarez, however, was rocked in the fourth with a series of punches, and while he tried holding his own, Kovalev seemed to be in complete control, albeit somewhat worn out. The Colombian took them all without wobbling. Kovalev continued to press the action, and Alvarez emerged from the sixth round with a cut under his left eye that was apparently caused by an accidental head-butt. Everybody wants to make unification fights, I hope. If he tastes his punch it could be lights out so he has to fight the ideal fight to come home with the belt.

Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs), 27, of Russian Federation, attacked Chilemba from the outset, driving him back with right hands and body shots. It was only the third time he went the distance, winning easily on the scorecards, 120-108 twice and 116-112.

An awkward customer is exactly what Bivol needs, but should he catch and hurt Chilemba in the latter stages, it is hard to see the 31-year old African making it to the final bell. When Ward retired and vacated his titles last fall, Kovalev regained one of his old belts in his first fight back by knocking out Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the second round in November.

He will win early rounds, and can nick a few in the middle stanza's, but down the stretch it will be Kovalev, driving forward with more vigour in his work, who takes command and ultimate walks away with a narrow but fair points win. Whether or not that means the fight against Bivol is next remains to be seen, but Alvarez can now walk back to his locker room, not just a victor, but a world champion as well.

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