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COLOMBIA’S Eleider Alvarez sent shockwaves through the light-heavyweight division yesterday with a brutal seventh-round stoppage of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev.
The highly respected and feared Russian had been on the comeback trail after losing twice to pound-for-pound king Andre Ward, re-securing the WBO belt with two consecutive knockout wins, so not many expected Alvarez to rip the title from Sergey’s grasp.
“I just can’t describe how I feel,” Alvarez said. “I wanted to show him that I am strong, I have a good chin and am ready for big things.”
Kovalev came out with mean intent, seeking to dominate the challenger with constant pressure and aggression. This appeared to be working well for the Russian, who landed some powerful shots on Alvarez, testing his impressive chin.
Throughout, the Columbian popped out a sturdy jab which managed to keep some distance as he attempted to evade the champ.
In the seventh, the undefeated Alvarez made a breakthrough when a perfect right hand dropped Kovalev.
With no time to waste, the undefeated Columbian dropped Kovalev twice more before the referee called it off at 2:45 of round seven.
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