Duva Not Sure If Kovalev-Alvarez Rematch Will Be Immediate

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Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KOs) hit the scales at 174.4 pounds, while Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) weighed in at 174 pounds. "This was all for them".

The fight got off to a slow start with each man probing for an opening. "I hope it will be an enjoyable fight for you".

Eleider Alvarez, of Colombia, connects a punch to Sergey Kovalev, of Russian Federation, during the seventh round of their 175-pound boxing bout Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. alvarez won by knockout in the seventh round.

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Kovalev regained one of his old titles last November following Ward's retirement, knocking out Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in the second round of a much-criticized title fight, and defended his title in March against little-known Igor Milhalkin.

"Sergey seems to gas out after six rounds", said Kathy Duva, Kovalev's promoter. He hasn't fought the same level of competition as Kovalev, but you don't remain undefeated through 23 fights without having some skills, and Ring Magazine now ranks Alvarez fifth among all light heavyweights. In the co-feature, rising star and WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11KOs) defends his belt against the crafty Isaac Chilemba (25-5-2, 10KOs).

But while Bivol is heavily favoured to deal with well-respected and capable Isaac Chilemba in a test that basically every top level 175lber must overcome, the task in front of Kovalev 32-2-1 (28KO's) is far more risky.

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Alvarez is likely to have every intention to take this fight late, but in order to come out on top he must have a good work rate early - to avoid giving up a large advantage - and will need to bring Kovalev out of his comfort zone, make him use those legs, while countering away and targeting the mid-section when Kovalev is inevitably right in front of him. "It was a great accomplishment [for Alvarez], so I don't want to make those kinds of judgments". But Kovalev did slip in a solid left hand to the head followed by a left to the body. I assume he got exhausted. Two more left-right combos ended Kovalev's night, as he wasn't capable of or willing to tie up or move around or otherwise buy time to gather the wits he left spilled all over the ring. But when that fight was delayed time and again, he quickly accepted the fight with Kovalev when it was surprisingly offered. "He wants this unification fight because I know people liek the best guys fighting against the best guys". If he tastes his punch it could be lights out so he has to fight the flawless fight to come home with the belt.

A busy fight weekend awaits us with bouts on HBO and Premier Boxing Champions on Fox.

Now that the prospect of Kovalev-Bivol is down the drain, would Alvarez like to face Bivol to unify?

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Alvarez stated, "I wanted to show him I'm strong, I have a good chin, and I'm ready for big things ... we practiced that punch during training camp, and that's how it went ..." "And the best fighters in the world".

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