Sergey Kovalev knocked out in stunning title loss

Alvarez stuns Kovalev to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Still, Kovalev at least behaved like a real fighter by taking on Alvarez, since the light heavyweight champion, Adonis Stevenson, has behaved like anything but.

Kovalev was the more aggressive of the two boxers and was winning the majority of the rounds heading into the seventh.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A "Storm" came ashore and laid waste to Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night.

With this loss he drops to a record of 32-3-1, while Alvarez, who is based in Montreal, Canada, improved to 24-0 with 12 knockouts.

The 2008 Colombian Olympian had to go through plenty of adversity to finally become a boxing champion.

Meanwhile, the result derails plans for a light heavyweight unification bout between Kovalev and Dmitry Bivol, who retained his World Boxing Association belt with a unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba on the same card. That was the last of three straight defeats, but he has no shame in his fine efforts against both Alvarez and Kovalev in his opponents' back yards.

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Alvarez started to show some true power in the third, forcing Kovalev to feel his full force. "I have always practiced that in camp, and we thought it would work in this camp". Either way, Dmitry Bivol lurks on the undercard as the rising contender looks to secure his shot at the victor at the expense of Isaac Chilemba. Undefeated challenger Eleider Alvarez remained undefeated by shocking Kovalev with a seventh-round knockout to earn his first ever world championship. Perrella's only loss came against Yordenis Ugas who beat him up and stopped him in four rounds back in 2016. Kovalev tried to land his powerful right hand, and Alvarez worked off the jab. I think it will be a hard fight for me, but also for Kovalev.

Alvarez had used wins over Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute to earn a title shot he believed was years in the making. "I wanted to show him that I am strong, I have a good chin and am ready for big things". "His punches were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight". Bivol was quick with jab from the start, landing it consistently enough to force Chilemba to react.

But Bivol is already anticipating tougher competition, including, possibly, Kovalev.

Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva confirmed there is a rematch clause, but said it's too early to say when or if the return fight would take place. It's a good fight for the boxing fans. But on Saturday, Kovalev found himself in the ring with a serious contender in Alvarez, who got the fight in April when original opponent Marcus Browne was dropped by Duva because of his arrest on a domestic violence charge. Kovalev also headlined that November 8, 2014 card and beat Bernard Hopkins in a championship bout on the last major night of boxing in Atlantic City.

It was the first major fight in once-boxing heavy Atlantic City since Kovalev's dominant decision win to unify three world titles against Bernard Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall in November 2014, but this time he was on the other end of it as Alvarez scored the impressive finish.

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