By Elisinio Castillo
WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider Alvarez, 34-years-old, is riding out the best moment of his pro career.
On August 5 in Atlantic City, he captured the the WBO (World Boxing Organization) world title by knocking out heavy favorite Sergey Kovalev in the seventh round.
Kovalev was knocked down three times in the seventh, before the contest was waved off by the referee.
It has been a little over a month since he won the crown and Eleider is still excited bout the victory.
“Being a world champion is something very big, I am happy to have this title. It is the effort of 18 years of being fully involved in this sport, in which I have been a professional for 10 years,” said Alvarez to Carlos Caballero.
“It was the best night of my life. I slapped a lot of people who did not believe in me. When the bell rang for the seventh round I was already standing and he was still sitting. That is a sign of how determined I was. I did not feel the punches of Kovalev anymore, I always went forward, with my hands up, throwing the jab, moving fast, waiting for the moment until I finished him.”
A rematch is being put together for February 2 of next year.
Alvarez is very annoyed that Kovalev’s handlers are calling the victory a fluke – claiming that Kovalev was winning until he got caught by a single punch.
“I’m leaving on October 1st to begin my preparation in Canada, I have a rematch against Kovalev on February 2, 2019. According to them, what happened was nothing more than a fluke – so we are going to put him down to the mat three more times that we did the first time around, we’ll repeat the same dose and leave a very clear picture,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez was also very interested in last weekend’s rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Canelo won a very close twelve round majority decision to capture Golovkin’s WBC, WBA middleweight belts.
“Canelo fought better this time because he was always coming forward, but the most forceful punches were delivered by Golovkin, whom I saw as the winner, but in boxing sometimes these types of things will happen,” Alvarez said.