Right around the same time Henry Cejudo upset Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 to claim the flyweight title, undefeated Colombian boxer Eleider Alvarez (26-0) pulled off a huge TKO victory over Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1).
The deciding finish came last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) live on HBO from inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., after Alvarez knocked down Kovalev, the defending WBO light heavyweight champion, three times. Alvarez turned the heat up in the seventh round and caught the Russian with a brutal right hand to the temple. Kovalev dropped to the canvas and the referee waved the fight off.
Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of HBO Boxing.
With this performance, Alvarez proves his +375 underdog tag entering the main event title fight was an oversight. Kovalev is widely considered one of the best power punchers on the planet and “Storm” made him look washed up.
Pretty impressive stuff. Looks like 2019 could be the year of “Storm.”
For complete results and round-by-round coverage of the HBO main event, click here.