Duva Not Sure If Kovalev-Alvarez Rematch Will Be Immediate

Heather Diaz
August 8, 2018

On Saturday night, we'll either see Kovalev continue his dominance over the light heavyweight division, or we'll see the 34-year-old Alvarez reach the pinnacle of his boxing career and become a world champion.

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.

Alvarez is likely to have every intention to take this fight late, but in order to come out on top he must have a good work rate early - to avoid giving up a large advantage - and will need to bring Kovalev out of his comfort zone, make him use those legs, while countering away and targeting the mid-section when Kovalev is inevitably right in front of him.

Bivol impressed in his most recent fight, knocking out Sullivan Barrera in the 12th round on March 3 to improve to 13-0 with 11 wins inside the distance. If the aggressive fighter who showed up for Lucian Bute arrives on Saturday night- Kovalev could be in trouble.

The Krusher Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) made a huge comeback when he chose to change up his lifestyle and redicated himself to boxing, he fired long time trainer John David Jackson and felt he was just there to collect a check and not help him.

He then finished him off with a right hook and left uppercut combination and at that point the referee stepped in with 15 seconds before the bell in front of a crowd of 5,600 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. "I just want to fight the best fighters". This was all for them.

Kovalev was up 59-55 on two scorecards and 58-56 on the third at the time of the stoppage. I think it will be a hard fight for me, but also for Kovalev.

"It was a two (punch) combo that I have been throwing my whole career and we worked on it in camp", Alvarez said. "His punches were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight". "It was a great accomplishment [for Alvarez], so I don't want to make those kinds of judgments".

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Both fighters tried to feel each other out in the opening round.

Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear.

Then in the sixth round, Alvarez was cut, though it appeared to be from a clash of heads. Alvarez shook it off and taunted Kovalev later in the round, but an accidental head-butt caused blood to stream down the left side of Alvarez's face.

Kovalev has now been knocked out in two of his three defeats.

But Kovalev never accepted or took responsibility for either of the losses, mocking Ward [whose ringname was Son of God] by calling him "Son of Judges" and made childish excuses about low blows in the second fight.

Kovalev is, of course, referring to a tumultuous and controversial parting with ousted trainer John David Jackson.

Kovalev seemed dominant in the seventh, until the second half of the round, when one quick right hand dropped the champion. While Kovalev is surely the more widely-known of the two fighters, and now the best in the division, Alvarez is no slouch.

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