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Eleider Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev report
Who won Alvarez vs Kovalev II?
Sergey Kovalev beat Eleider Alvarez by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at The Ford Center at The Star in Texas.
The scorecards were announced as 108-120, 112-116, 112-116 in favor of winner Sergey Kovalev.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This contest was for the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Richard Commey was victorious over Isa Chaniev for the IBF World Lightweight championship, Oscar Valdez beat Carmine Tommasone for the WBO World Featherweight belt and Teofimo Lopez defeated Diego Magdaleno.
Alvarez vs Kovalev II stats
Eleider Alvarez stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 24 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Sergey Kovalev made his way to the ring with a record of 32 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 28 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Kovalev had a massive power advantage over Alvarez, boosting at 88% knock out percentage over Alvarez's 50%.
Eleider Alvarez was the younger man by 1 year, at 38 years old.
Alvarez had 4-inch reach advantage.
Both Eleider Alvarez & Sergey Kovalev fought out of an orthodox stance.
Alvarez was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 12 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 month later than Kovalev, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 5 less professional rounds, 189 to Kovalev's 194.
Sergey Kovalev was ranked number 5 by the WBO in the 175lb division.
Alvarez vs Kovalev II form
Kovalev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Anthony Yarde on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Previous to that, he had beat Eleider Alvarez on 2nd February 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Eleider Alvarez on 4th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.
Before that, he had won against Igor Mikhalkin on 3rd March 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had beat Vyacheslav Shabranskyy on 25th November 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Alvarez's last 4 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 5 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years, 1 month and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.3 rounds on average.
Kovalev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 4 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
What time did Alvarez vs Kovalev II start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Alvarez vs Kovalev II?
Alvarez vs Kovalev II was broadcast on ESPN in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by BoxNation.
What were the odds on Alvarez vs Kovalev II?
Eleider Alvarez was a 57/100 (-180) favourite going into the contest, while Sergey Kovalev made his way into the ring at 69/50 (+140) with oddsmakers.
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