Canelo Alvarez produces devastating knockout over Sergey Kovalev to win fourth world title


Canelo Alvarez produced a brilliant knockout over Sergey Kovalev to win the WBO light-heavyweight world title in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez became a four-weight world champion with a scintillating knockout against Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas to win the WBO light-heavyweight world title.

Kovalev asserted his patented jab in the first round, while Alvarez did his best at trying to judge distance early as little action came from his luminous yellow gloves.

A lot had been made, before the fight, of the time it would take for Alvarez to adjust to the power, distance and timing of a man like Kovalev.

The second round started with more of the same but Alvarez grew in confidence and began to put out the odd left hook, coupled with his highly-regarded shot to the body.

The size difference was there for all to see but Alvarez looked naturally beefy, as opposed to dragging unwanted muscle around.

Kovalev, whose last outing came in August when he beat English prospect Anthony Yarde, used that size advantage in the third round.

His long arms and ramrod jab kept Alvarez, who continued to download data, at bay.

A third of the way through the scheduled 12 round and Kovalev looked largely in control, but the danger of Canelo would always be there.

The Russian’s engine faltered big time in his TKO win over Yarde two months ago and if it were not for his opponent tiring, he might’ve been stopped himself.

Alvarez saw some of his best work come into effect a round later but a spell of Kovalev body attack toward the end of the round gave enough for trainer Buddy McGirt to shout positively about in the corner.

You wouldn’t have been wrong to call the fight even after six rounds. But in the seventh it became clear that Kovalev wasn’t here for just a pay day.

By now, most expected Kovalev to have worn out, and while he was the more tired out of the two, Alvarez was still up against someone at a weight he’d never fought at before.

Light-heavyweight legend Kovalev picked up the eighth at a time when, arguably, he needed it most – a time when most predicted he’d tire.

The ninth and tenth saw attempts from Alvarez to push the tempo, but Kovalev showed his usual rebuttal – that jab.

But in the 11th, it all unfolded, Kovalev kept it moving, kept it going but as he was backing up against the ropes, Alvarez hit his best shots of the fight.

A right to the temple was followed by a left and that’s where Alvarez produced another right, straight onto the dangling chin of Kovalev, who fell into the ropes before referee Russell Mora stopped proceedings.


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