Canelo vs. Kovalev fight results, scorecard, highlights: Alvarez stuns with vicious TKO in 11th round

Canelo vs. Kovalev fight results, scorecard, highlights: Alvarez stuns with vicious TKO in 11th round


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(****)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez’s pursuit of history led him two divisions north on Saturday where the sport’s biggest global star delivered a spectacular knockout in his light heavyweight debut. Alvarez ((*********************************************)-1-2, (**********************************************) KOs) overcame a strong technical performance from WBO champion Sergey Kovalev ((***********************************************)-4-1, (************************************************) KOs) to score a highlight-reel finish in Round (******************************************************) with a vicious two-punch combo that left the Russian slugger crumpled into the ropes.(*****)(****)The pro-Alvarez crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena exploded into pandemonium as Alvarez, the unified middleweight champion and (**********************************)-pound titleholder, became the first boxer in history to hold world titles in three divisions simultaneously. The (************************************************)-year-old Alvarez also became the fourth Mexican boxer to win titles in four weight classes.(*****)(****)”I’m very thankful,” Alvarez said. “This is just a step in my career and my history, and all I ask of you is to be patient because Canelo will make history. That is guaranteed.”(*****)(****)Alvarez allowed the jabbing Kovalev, who held advantages of 4 inches in height and reach, to be the boxer while Alvarez patiently closed distance and looked to land hard counter shots, including a focus to the body.(*****)(****)”The plan overall was patience, that was basically it — to have patience,” Alvarez said. “We knew it was going to be five, six rounds and it was going to take some time for me to get him. But honestly, he’s a great fighter. I’m new at this weight, new in this division. Much credit to him, he’s a great fighter, but we stuck to our game plan. It was delayed a little bit but overall it was successful.”(*****)

(****)The finish came with the fight seemingly up for grabs in Round (******************************************************) as a hard combination backed Kovalev up to the ropes and Alvarez finished off his (**********************************************)-year-old opponent with a left hook and right cross that dropped him along the ropes. Referee Russell Mora instantly waved off the fight at 2: (***************************************************).(*****)(****)Judges Dave Moratti and Julie Lederman had Alvarez leading (************************************)-(**************************************) at the time of the stoppage, while Don Trella had it (*************************************)-(*************************************). CBS Sports also had it (*************************************)-(*************************************) in our scorecard below.(*****)(****)After the fight, Alvarez was noncommittal regarding which weight division he will compete at moving forward. Asked about middleweight rival Gennady Golovkin, whom Alvarez’s critics thought he ducked to avoid a trilogy fight this fall, Alvarez seemed to slowly be coming around.(*****)(****)”I have said it before. It’s not really a challenge to me. We’ve fought (*************************************************) rounds, and I beat him. It’s not really a challenge for me, but if it represents business, why not?” Alvarez said.(*****)

(****)With the win, Alvarez has made a case to be considered for the top spot on most pound-for-pound lists. This caps a (*****************************************************)-month stretch in which he has captured a secondary super middleweight title, unified belts at (***********************************) pounds and won a light heavyweight title.(*****)(****)(******)(*******)Respect box? (********)(*********)(**********)(******)(*******)Subscribe to our podcast — State of Combat with Brian Campbell(********)(*********)(***********)(******)(*******) — where we take an in-depth look at the world of boxing each week. (********)(*********)CBS Sports was with you for every punch with our scorecard and updates below. (*******)If you are having trouble viewing the analysis below, (************)please click here(***********).(********)(*****)(*************)Canelo vs. Kovalev scorecard, analysis(**************)(***************)(****************)(*****************)(******************)(*****************)(*******************)(****)Canelo(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)W-TKO(*****)(********************)(*******************)(********************)(*******************)(*************************************)(********************)(******************)(*****************)(*******************)(****)Kovalev(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)(*******************************************************)(*****)(********************)(*******************)(****)9(*****)(********************)(*******************)(********************)(*******************)(********************)(*******************)(*************************************)(********************)(******************)(*********************)(**********************)(*************)Canelo vs. Kovalev card, results(***********************)(************************)(**************)(****)Canelo Alvarez def. Sergey Kovalev (c) via (******************************************************)th-round TKO to win WBO light heavyweight title(***********************)(************************)(*************************)(**************************)Ryan Garcia def. Romero Duno(***********)(***************************) via first-round TKO(***********************)(************************)(*************************)(****************************)Seniesa Estrada (ic) def. Marlen Esparza(***********)(***************************) via technical decision ((***************************************)-(********************************************), (****************************************)-(*******************************************), (*****************************************)-(******************************************)) (***********************)(************************)Blair Cobbs def. Carlos Ortiz via seventh-round TKO (corner stoppage)(***********************)(************************)(*************************)(*****************************)Evan Holyfield wins his pro debut(***********)(***************************)(*****)(****)(*******)Thanks for stopping by.(********)(*****)

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