Jordan Barrett @JordyB7799
So far, the boxing world has been spoiled with a brutal, brilliant and competitive light-heavyweight fight between Badou Jack and Marcus Browne. Less than a week away, the diehard fans can look forward to another Light-Heavyweight contest between Eleidar Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev.
The Rematch which it is known for, is going to prove one out of two things with the end result: is Kovalev past his best or is Alvarez the light heavyweight competitor that everyone should be wary of? A brutal finish from Alvarez in the seventh round is what finished the first fight between the two, but many did not expect that. On many people’s scorecards including the judges, before the stoppage, Kovalev was winning and quite comfortably as well. Although the Compubox numbers do not do Kovalev any favours, he being the aggressor across six out of the seven rounds is what made the judges have him as the clear winner up until this happened…
A quick summary of the punch stats in this bout at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City showed Kovalev threw more punches in six out of seven.Sergey only out landed his opponent in three of those rounds.
Eleidar Alvarez landed more jabs than the Russian did in four of those rounds but the Columbian was beaten on the power punches in three of those. Kovalev’s intentions were simple: knock out the undefeated Columbian. It was evident during the fight that Kovalev’s power punches were doing more damage than Alvarez’s due to Eleider being on the back foot for majority of the fight.
Pulling No Punches
The odds are relatively even for the next fight which is expected on February 2nd. The reason for this is that the Russian put in a very dominant performance up until the seventh round. Those that expect Alvarez to win are expecting an earlier knockout in favour of the Columbian and a lot more punches being outputted from him. That is something to expect, Alvarez throwing a lot more punches in the fight between the two, as well as using his speed to outbox the 35 year old Russian.
It seemed to me that Alvarez was very ignorant to Kovalev’s power and did not worry about it when coming into the seventh round. Which makes me think that Kovalev’s intentions in this fight will be to outbox his opponent and land those brutal power punches when he creates a gap.
Either way, both fighters will be proving something as I said earlier if they become victorious. Sergey Kovalev proves he is still heavy competition in the light heavyweight division and can become world champion again despite his age and having 36 fights. But, if Eleider Alvarez becomes victorious, he is a world champion that should definitely not be underestimated against the other competitors in this thrilling and competitive light-heavyweight division.
Having watched this fight a few times now, I see only one winner here and that would have to go Alvarez. The Columbians team should pick all of the negatives out of the first fight and use those negatives to his advantage. It seemed to me that when Alvarez threw more punches, that being jabs and power punches, Kovalev did not enjoy it which is why he took a step back to evaluate his opponent. IF and that is a big if, Alvarez applies this pressure and outpunches the Russian all the way through the fight then we could see an early stoppage from the Columbian.
I think Sergey Kovalev is past his best now and despite that great punching power he has, there are many brilliant and younger fighters than the former world champion. If Kovalev does lose then I would personally love Badou Jack vs Sergey Kovalev. A fight that would pay well for both fighters.