The Associated PressATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eleider Alvarez dropped Sergey Kovalev three times in a brutal seventh round and won the 80-kilogram title by knockout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday.
Alvarez ran his record to 24-0 and sprinted around the ring as Kovalev stumbled back to his corner. Alvarez got the KO at 2:45 in the seventh as the sellout crowd of 5,642 at Etess Arena went wild.
Alvarez won the WBO light heavyweight titles and ended Kovalev’s reign atop the division. Alvarez, who once had surgery on his right hand, found the power in that hand to level Kovalev with a right and send him to the canvas. Alvarez, a Colombian, pounced and pounded away at Kovalev when he beat the 10 count and knocked him down two more times to end the fight.