Cinnamon Alvarez beats Sergey Kovalev in 11th round of light heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas to become four-weight world champion
- Cinnamon Alvarez landed left-right late in the 11th round Sergey Kovalev
- It was a dramatic finish for a fight that had little drama until the knockdown
- The 29-year-old Mexican won his fourth title in many weights on Saturday
- There was a delay on Saturday until the UFC card in New York was ready
Canelo Alvarez landed a left-right late in the 11th round Saturday night, dropping Sergey Kovalev onto the canvas and ending their light heavyweight title fight.
Kovalev was lowered to his knees, his arms draped over the middle ring rope when the fight was stopped at 2:15 of the round in Las Vegas.
It was a dramatic finish for a fight that had little drama until the knockdown. Kovalev was more than just late in the fight and was not injured when Alvarez landed on the left, followed by the right.
The Mexican big, who moved two weight classes, won his fourth title in the same number of weights. He celebrated it by kissing the glove on his right hand while Kovalev's handlers jumped into the ring to see if their hunter was OK. from jabs and right hands to the face.
Both hunters fought for the most part carefully, with Kovalev content to use his long-distance jab and Alvarez looking for hooks on the body. The audience in the MGM Grand roared several times, unhappy with the lack of action.
Alvarez was a 4-1 favorite despite raising two weight classes to fight for a piece of the 175-pound title from Kovalev. He took the fight against Kovalev instead of a third fight with Gennady Golovkin as part of a $ 365 million (£ 282 million) deal he signed with the DAZN streaming service.
Both hunters took naps in their changing rooms while they about 90 minutes st undercard bolt waited before entering the ring. The delay was for DAZN, who wanted to wait until the UFC card in New York was ready before the fight started.
Fans in the MGM Grand arena watched the UFC main event on the big screens while the hunters waited
Kovalev checked the distance early with his jab, stuck it in Alvarez & # 39; s face while with raised gloves he searched for an opening on the inside. Alvarez threw sparing punches, a pair of large punches that missed when Alvarez returned with jabs and an occasional right hand. I carry it down. He continued to wear gloves that were held close to his face and pressed on his larger opponent.