Sergey Kovalev vs Eleider Alvarez
Two time light heavyweight world champipn, Sergey Kovalev, takes on unbeaten contender, highly ranked challanger, Eleider Alvarez, aiming to defend his WBO title, also aimimg to win, set up a unification fight against fellow Russian, WBA champion, Dmitry Bivol. This is Kovalev's third fight since back to back losses to boxing legend, Andre Ward.
Kovalev is the aggressor in the first round, he throws more punches, tries to walk Alvarez down, but Alvarez defends very well, lands the cleaner shots. Kovalev continues to move on the front foot in round 2, but Alvarez continues to defend well. Alvarez lands a few solid, clean jabs, and gets the best of the exchanges.
Alvarez continues to use his feet in round 3, Kovalev is aggressive, throws a lot more punches, but although Alvarez's output isn't high, he continues to land the cleaner shots, and defend well. Kovalev lands a right hand which hurts Alvarez in round 4, and he follows it up with a big onslaught, but he chases Alvarez, puts a lot into his attacks, whist Alvarez, though hurt and taking punishment, doesn't look close to getting stopped.
A tiring Kovalev reduces his output in round 5, but is still the aggressor, and a more cautious Alvarez doesn't throw as many punches either, and he is out worked. Alvarez seems to be tiring in round 6, as Kovalev is able to find the target, and Alvarez doesn't throw much. Kovalev piles on the pressure in round 6, unable to drag out the effort he put in, in round 4, but able to out work and get the better of Alvarez.
Kovalev seems exhausted in round 7, and Alvarez seems much lighter on his feet. Alvarez is smart, is patient and in the second half of the round, he lands a devastating right hand which takes away Kovalev's legs and sits him down heavily. Kovalev gets up, but is in terrible trouble, ans it is not long before he walks straight into another smashing right hand which puts him down even more heavily. Kovalev staggers to his feet again, in no position to continue, the referee lets it go on, but stops it one punch later as Kovalev goes down for a third time.
Eleider Alvarez gets a great win, becomes a world champion, and proves himself at world level.
After 6 rounds, at the time of the stoppage, Kovalev was ahead on all the scorecards, 58-56 on one card, 59-55, on the other two.