LAS VEGAS: Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs), the face of boxing and the king of the middleweight division, successfully stopped Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev
(34-4-1, 28 KOs) in the eleventh round of a 12-round fight to capture the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title and become a four-division world champion. The event took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and was streamed exclusively live on DAZN.
“I’m very thankful,” said Canelo Alvarez. “This is just a step in my career, in my history, and all I ask of you, is to be patient because Canelo will make history. That’s a guarantee.”
“The plan overall was patience, that was basically it – to have patience. We knew it was going to be five, six rounds and it was going to take some time for me to get him. But honestly he’s a great fighter. I’m new at this weight, new in this division. Much credit to him, he’s a great fighter, but we stuck to our game plan. It was delayed a little bit but overall it was successful.”
“It was a very close fight because he was defensive, he was closing up his guard. All he was doing was trying to establish points, but we knew what was coming. Inevitably it would come, and everything came out the way we had planned.”
“[After this] the plan was to go down to 160, 165, but why not – maybe 175 again.”
“We have to see what happens. We have to do what’s best for us. We have to look for the best fights, the big fights, but obviously give the victories to Mexico.”
On GGG:”It’s really not a challenge to me. We’ve fought 24 rounds and I beat him. It’s really not a challenge for me, but if it represents business, why not?”
“I was tired after round 6, because I had my last fight very close to this one, but it’s okay, it’s a new experience for me,” said Sergey Kovalev. “Canelo is really a great champion. A little bit right now, I didn’t recover from my last fight. But it’s okay. Thanks for the fight Canelo, I have big respect for him. He made history.”
“To open my body less, I had to use more jabs, more safe. I’ll be back. I’ll be back much stronger.”
“I know that I can be a unified champion, let’s make a unification fight. But nobody wants to fight me in my division. This guy is more fresh, he came into my division more fresh. He has more stamina, but it’s okay, it’s a good experience for me.”
In the co-main event, Ryan Garcia (19-0, 16KOs) of Victorville, Calif. stopped “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-2, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif.via knockout in the first round of a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver and NABO Lightweight Titles. Garcia won with a time of 1:38 of the aforementioned round.
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (18-0, 7 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. defeated Marlen Esparza (7-1, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas via technical unanimous decision in the ninth round of a 10-round fight for the WBA Interim Flyweight Title. The fight was stopped in the aforementioned ninth round due to a cut that was caused by an accidental headbutt in the fifth round. Estrada won with scores of 90-81, 89-82 and 88-83.
Blair “The Flair” Cobbs (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas, Calif. defeated Carlos Ortiz (11-5, 11 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico via TKO in the sixth round of a 10-round fight for the NABF Welterweight Title. Cobbs won with a time of 3:00 of the aforementioned round.
Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (1-0, 1 KO) of Atlanta, Georgia stopped Nick Winstead (0-2) of Abita Springs, Louisianavia TKO in the first round of a four-round middleweight fight. Holyfield won with time of 0:16 of the aforementioned round.
Bakhram Murtazaliev (17-0, 13 KOs) of Gronzy, Russia beat Jorge Fortea (20-2-1, 6 KOs) of Sueca, Spain via unanimous decision in a 12-round fight for the IBF Super Welterweight Title. Murtazaliev won with scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.
Tristan Kalkreuth (3-0, 2 KOs) of Arlington, Texas defeated Twon Smith (3-4, 2 KOs) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma via unanimous decision in a 4-round cruiserweight battle. Kalkreuth won with scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.
Meiirim “The Sultan” Nursultanov (13-0, 8 KOs) of Merki, Kazakhstan defeated
Cristian Olivas (16-6, 13 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico via unanimous decision in a 10-round fight for the USNBC Middleweight title. Nursultanov won with three scores of 100-90.