The first fight between Sergey Kovalev and Eleider Alvarez, Alvarez KO’d Kovalev in the 7th round. The KO appeared to be the end of Kovalevs reign as a top contender in the light heavyweight division. But on Saturday, February 2nd in Frisco, Texas Kovalev looked disciplined and refreshed. With new trainer Buddy McGirt calling the shots from his corner, Kovalev took back his title. By unanimous decision Sergey Kovalev is once more the WBO light heavyweight champ.
The win puts Kovalev back in the mix at 175 pounds. Title holders; (IBF) Artur Beterbiev, (WBC) Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and (WBA) Dmitry Bivol are all great fights that could be matched with Kovalev.
With undefeated super middleweight champ Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez announcing that he will be moving up to 175 pounds, the division has the potential for some exciting fights.
Teofimo Lopez/Diego Magdaleno
Teofimo is looking like the next great boxer as he pummeled former title challenger Diego Magdaleno, through six rounds. Then finally showing mercy with a knockout in the 7th. Lopez (12-0, 10 KO’s) performed his signature Fortnite dance with back flip after the KO, which brought a strong negative reaction from the opposing corner.
Lopez is currently seeking for an April 20 undercard spot on the Terrence Crawford/Amir Khan welterweight fight. Lopez is definitely on the fast track to stardom.
Oscar Valdez/Carmine Tommasone
Returning to the ring after an 11 month absence do to a fractured jaw, Oscar Valdez walked through Carmine Tommasone. Valdez knocked off the rust by sending Tommasone to the floor twice in the 4th, once in the 7th and topped it off with an uppercut KO in the 7th.
Valdez (25-0, 20 KO’s) is in a loaded featherweight division with Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington, Abner Mares, and Gary Russell Jr. It’s wonderful to see Oscar Valdez back in the thick of things.
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