RUSSIA’S Sergey Kovalev gained a measure of revenge, and in the process, regained his title. Kovalev bested Eleider Alvarez (24-1, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision to win the WBO light-heavyweight world title, becoming a three-time world champion.
The scores were 116-112 twice and 120-108.
Alvarez knocked out Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) in seven rounds last August. This time, Kovalev controlled the action with his jab, and in the 12th round, he stunned Alvarez with an assortment of blows.
“We worked a lot on my jab,” Kovalev said. “Right now, I am working with [trainer] Buddy [McGirt] the way I was when I was an amateur
“After this, I want unification fights.”
Said Alvarez: “I don’t see myself as a loser tonight, but I do give him credit, especially in that 12th round. I think that he went out and proved that he wanted to win.”
In the end, the judges were in agreement, and Kovalev is a champion once again.