It’s fight night in Las Vegas!
Tonight (November 2nd) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena sees middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) jump two weight classes up to 175 lbs, where awaiting him is WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs). Alvarez has never fought at 175 lbs before, and while Kovalev may be past his best, he’s still a major titleholder and one of the hardest punchers in his division. Canelo will have the speed advantage and is the more skilled boxer, but he will obviously be the smaller man in the ring.
Canelo’s quest for a world title in a fourth division will air exclusively on DAZN. While the four-fight main card starts at 9 PM ET, the main event will happen after the conclusion of UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz. Yeah, we know what the big show is this evening.
Prelims will stream right here on Bloody Elbow at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT.
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Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO) vs Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KO), light heavyweights, 12 rounds
Round 1 – Kovalev flicking out the jab. Canelo misses with the hook. Canelo misses a jab. Very much a feel-out round. Kovalev with a right hand that is blocked. Sergey is the more active of the two fighters. Left hook by Canelo. Body shot by Alvarez. Decent left by Kovalev. 10-9 Kovalev.
Round 2 – Short left hook on the counter for Canelo. Winging left hook by Canelo just misses. He lands a right to the body. Good body shot by Alvarez. Kovalev with a jab and a hook. Right hand gets blocked. Left hand snaps Canelo’s head back. Canelo with a big left hook to the body. Left hook upstairs by Canelo. Right hand by Kovalev. Canelo digs into the body. Kovalev with two jabs. 19-19.
Round 3 – They trade jabs. Right hand by Alvarez over the Kovalev jab. Good counter right by Canelo. Left hook by Alvarez. Kovalev doubles up the jab. Alvarez misses on the uppercut. Three-punch combo by Kovalev and more jabbing. Alvarez with a jab. Kovalev eats a shot but lands two upstairs in return. Canelo not having a good time getting past that jab. This is a good round by Kovalev. 29-28 Kovalev.
Round 4 – Leaping left hook by Alvarez. Another good left by Canelo. Right hand by Kovalev is short so he goes back to the jab. Kovalev throws a right hand and left hook and they are both blocked. Hard body shot by Kovalev. Right hook to the body by Canelo. Alvarez misses the left hook. Canelo sweeps a right to the body. Good left hook by Alvarez. Right hand by Kovalev and a body shot by Canelo. 38-38.
Round 5 – Counter body shot by Kovalev. Canelo with a stiff jab to back Kovalev up. Alvarez with a body shot. Kovalev keeps up the jabbing. Right hand around Canelo’s guard and then a glancing right. Good body attack by Canelo again. Canelo misses the overhand right. Alvarez looks like he got out of the way of a Kovalev uppercut. Canelo with a slapping left hook. Kovalev with a good body shot and a jab upstairs. Right hand to the body by Kovalev. Sergey ends the round with two jabs to the stomach. 48-47 Kovalev.
Round 6 – Kovalev gets hit low. Canelo acknowledges and they restart. Right hand lands for Alvarez. Quick left hook by Canelo as he cracks Kovalev with a jab. A good round for Alvarez thus far. Kovalev with an uppercut and then he clinches. Counter right by Canelo. Kovalev eats a left hook and then a body shot. Two more body blows by Canelo. 57-57.
Round 7 – Kovalev with the early pressuring but not much landing. Canelo connects on a jab. Left hook partially catches Kovalev. Stinging body shot by Canelo. Decent right hand by Kovalev. Canelo goes back to the body. Left hook by Canelo is blocked. Alvarez gets another round. 67-66 Canelo.
Round 8 – Kovalev with more jabs and then a right hand. Canelo whiffs on a lunging left hook. Body shot again by Alvarez. Good right hand by Kovalev and a left that moves Alvarez back. Canelo off-target on a right hand. Alvarez not doing a whole lot. Kovalev keeping up with his jab. Body shot by Kovalev and Canelo counters with a hook. This is a clear Kovalev round. 76-76.
Round 9 – Kovalev lands a left down the middle and he works a good combo off of his jab. Big left jab by Kovalev and then he’s admonished for a ridiculous shouldering of Canelo. Counter left hook by Kovalev as he’s landing some cleaner shots. A wicked right hand by Kovalev and Canelo withstood it and went to the body. Now there’s some more action and they’re trading bigger shots! Good body shot and right hand upstairs by Canelo. Kovalev with a double jab. 86-85 Kovalev.
Round 10 – Good body shots by both men. Another warning for Kovalev because of his shouldering in the clinch. Canelo cracks Kovalev with a strong right hand. Alvarez bangs the body and then misses the right hand and a left hook. Another body shot by Kovalev this time. Kovalev with soft jabs to the body again. More clinching. Uppercut and a right hand by Canelo. Closing a close round out well. 95-95.
Round 11 – Alvarez catches Kovalev with a couple of power punches to the head. Uppercut by Canelo. Kovalev not doing a whole lot in this frame and he takes a left hook. Another left hook by Alvarez. Kovalev with a hook of his own. Big right hand by Alvarez. Kovalev with a right around the guard. Hard right hand again and a left hook staggers Kovalev! AND CANELO KNOCKS KOVALEV OUT COLD WITH A RIGHT HAND!!!! WOW!!!! HE SLUMPED HIM AND KOVALEV IS HALFWAY OUT OF THE RING!
Official result: Canelo Alvarez def. Sergey Kovalev by KO at 2:15 of round 11 to win the WBO light heavyweight title
Main Card (DAZN, 9:00 pm ET)
- Ryan Garcia def. Romero Duno by KO-1, lightweights, 12 rounds
- Seniesa Estrada def. Marlen Esparza by technical decision (90-81, 89-82, 88-83), women’s flyweights, 10 rounds
- Blair Cobbs def. Carlos Ortiz by TKO-6, welterweights, 10 rounds
Prelims (DAZN, 6:30 pm ET)
- Evan Holyfield def. Nick Winstead by TKO at :16 of round 1, junior middleweights, 4 rounds
- Bakhram Murtazaliev def. Jorge Fortea by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110), junior middleweights, 12 rounds
- Meiirim Nursultanov def. Cristian Olivas by unanimous decision (100-90 x3), middleweights, 10 rounds
- Tristan Kalkreuth def. Twon Smith (3-3, 2 KO) by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 39-37) cruiserweights, 4 rounds
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