Nick Phillipowsky will be ringside this Saturday night to report on the fight exclusively for maxboxing.com. This is his first report.
Happening this Saturday night will be a highly contested rematch and possibly revenge match between devastating puncher Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev of Russia (32-3-1, 28 KOs) taking on Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (24-0, 13 KOs) of Colombia.
The two, along with Dmitry Bivol, have been left at the top of light heavyweight division after Andre Ward’s surprising retirement, and the tragic stoppage of Adonis Stevenson at the hands of Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
In their first fight, everything looked to be going decent for Kovalev early on. He was dictating the pace, landing his jab, and mixing in good work to the head and body. It seemed something we’ve grown accustomed to; a Kovalev destruction.
However, the fight suddenly changed. In the seventh round, Alvarez landed an absolute bomb flush on Kovalev’s jaw that sent the “Krusher” down to the canvas. Kovalev showed his merit by continuing, but was bombarded again by another left hook and right hand, which sent him crashing to the canvas awkwardly. Nevertheless, referee David Fields let the fight go on, only to stop it after the very next punch.
Sergey Kovalev looks to be a man with something to prove, he believes the first fight was the product of overtraining and lack of concentration, while Eleider Alvarez believes that he is superior to the once most feared man in the division.
Will it be repeat or revenge?
I’m expecting fireworks at The Star in Frisco, Texas.