COLOMBIA’S Eleider Alvarez stunned WBO light-heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, stopping the Russian in seven intense rounds at the Hard Rock hotel and casino in Atlantic City. Alvarez started out jabbing quickly but Kovalev settled in the first round, tapping his right cross to the body, working to hold the centre of the ring.
Alvarez countered Kovalev with a sharp one-two to the head. He moved from side to side to throw off the Russian. Sergey worked to pin him down. He manoeuvred Alvarez well but some of the pop began to leak out of his shots. Alvarez had to stay away from him, moving along the outer fringes of the ring.
Kovalev turned up the pressure in the third round, attacking Alvarez with hooks to the head and body with gusto. Eleider still managed to mark him out with jabs as Kovalev came on.