Opinion | Feb 07 2019

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – this week in boxing

Matt Bevan gives his take on the week in boxing
Canelo vs Kovalev
Look out for the way Sergey Kovalev lands his right Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The Good

Sergey Kovalev: As he went into his rematch with Eleider Alvarez last Saturday, “Krusher” was, according to many, finished. Well, Kovalev showed he is anything but with a superb performance to rip the WBO light-heavyweight title off Alvarez, who vanquished him in seven rounds last August. Kovalev had subsequently moved trainers to Buddy McGirt and gave us a timely reminder of what he is capable of, as he put to bed any notion that his time at the top is over. Kovalev was close to the man that gave Andre Ward hell in their first meeting, a close unanimous defeat, and will now turn his focus to attempting to unify the titles, as he did previously when he beat Bernard Hopkins. Alvarez was poor and failed to live up to both his performance from last year or his “Storm” moniker. If anything it was a light shower and he won’t have done much to convince many to pay him the significant attention they did before he beat Kovalev. Fleeting at best. Kovalev’s next battle though will now be to confront his issues outside of the ring, before we see him back between the ropes.

Special mention to Richard Commey, finally a world champion as he destroyed Isa Chaniev in two rounds to win the vacant IBF lightweight title. Next up for the Ghanaian could be an April 12 unification with pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko, who holds the WBA and WBO straps. On the same card, Oscar Valdez returned from almost a year out of action to retain his WBO featherweight title with an excellent seventh round stoppage defeat of Carmine Tommasone, who was down four times before the referee stepped in to save him. It was the fifth defence of the belt he won back in 2016 and it could be a big year for the 28-year-old Mexican phenom.