THE physique was thicker and the face, after eating too many jabs, was redder. The opponent was bigger and the threat was greater. But in the end, the result was the same. Canelo Alvarez – the current leader of world boxing – won yet again when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev at 2-15 of the 11th round.
This was no gimme. Kovalev, even at 36, was a real opponent and so it proved during a fascinating bout that ended with Canelo Alvarez winning a world title in a third weight class, this time the WBO light-heavyweight championship. Heap nothing but praise on the superstar’s broad shoulders. He emerged from a difficult and taxing encounter inside Las Vegas’ MGM Grand a knockout winner.
The Russian veteran boxed well, his jab was accurate, he even rallied in ninth and 10th sessions to leave the contest poised. At the time of the knockout, Canelo – now 53-1-2 (36) – was up 96-94 on two cards and level 95-95 on the third. It was a cagey bout between two excellent boxers.