Canelo Alvarez wins WBO light heavyweight title with brutal KO of Sergey Kovalev

In his light heavyweight debut, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was far from convincing against the strong Russian champion Sergey Kovalev.

After conquering three weight classes already, one of the pound-for-pound kings decided to ambitiously step up to the 175-pound division against a much bigger opponent in statute.

Alvarez started the fight really slowly, and he failed to land any significant punches in the first few rounds, with Kovalev comfortably using his jab to control the pace.

The second half of the fight though saw Canelo slowly heat up, but ‘Krusher’ Kovalev was still trying to play for points, with a lot of holding going on as the fight got closer and closer to the finish.

He was patient, and he may not have been winning after 10 rounds, but he showed his true, brute power in round 11.

Canelo caught Kovalev with a left hand to the right side of Kovalev’s face, which wobbled the WBO champion.

That left Kovalev entirely exposed to the full force of Canelo’s right hook, and once the Russian dropped to the mat, it was all over in the eyes of the referee.

Two of the three judges had Canelo winning at the time by two rounds, with the third judge scoring the fight after 10 rounds as a draw, so Alvarez may not have needed the KO to walk out of Las Vegas victorious.

Those scorecards have split opinion massively, with a lot of people having Kovalev two rounds up after 10, but the fact that Canelo sent him crashing to the mat meant he took it out of the judges hands.

Canelo will have pocketed at least $35 million for this latest victory due to his bumper deal with DAZN, who made the decision to wait for UFC 244 to end to go ahead with the fight – meaning both men had to wait over an hour to get going.

What’s next for Canelo though?

Whilst he may stick at 175 pounds to defend his newly-won title, Alvarez stated post-fight that he may go back down to 160 or 165, but a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin would not make much sense considering he has already defeated him.

British fans though would love to see him battle Callum Smith though – maybe a super-fight can be negotiated for Anfield some-time in 2020…

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