Canelo Alvarez brutally knocked out Sergey Kovalev within the eleventh spherical to win the WBO light-heavyweight world title on Saturday night time in Vegas.
The Mexican pound-for-pound star had been annoyed by his opponent’s peak and attain benefits at some stage in the struggle, with many observers believing he was behind heading into the ultimate two rounds.
Nevertheless, Canelo then produced a sensational left hook, straight proper mixture to forestall any controversy.
Kovalev managed the opening rounds along with his jab as Canelo positioned dwelling a number of good counters, however was outlanded by the Russian.
By the center phases, the youthful man warmed into the struggle and commenced to select up factors, however it by no means really caught fireplace at any level with each males wanting tentative and cautious of the opposite’s energy.
The champion appeared to regain the initiative within the eighth and ninth, though it later emerged that he was behind on the judges’ scorecards regardless.
Kovalev in the end wanted a knockout to beat Canelo in Las Vegas, nonetheless it was the Mexican challenger who delivered by hurting his opponent with a left after which flattening him with a follow-up proper.
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There was no want for referee Russell Mora to rely and the struggle was waved off right away with Kovalev slumped to the canvas.
“That is only a step in my profession, in my historical past,” four-weight belt-holder Canelo stated post-fight.
“I ask you to be affected person as a result of Canelo will make historical past.
“He’s an awesome fighter, a lot credit score to him, however we caught to our sport plan.
“It was a really shut struggle, he was defensive, it was robust, however every little thing got here out the best way we had deliberate.”