Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev, Back to Basics with Trainer Buddy McGirt, Regains WBO Title Over Elieder Alvarez

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

 Frisco, Texas, (February 3, 2018)– Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev regained his World Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight title with an impressive 12 round decision over Eleider Alvarez in the main event at The Ford Center at the Star, Frisco, Texas, Saturday night, February 2, 2019.

Kovalev, now 33-3-1 with 28 knockouts, Miami, Florida, simply went back to basics with trainer Buddy McGirt and concentrated on winning each round on technical skill like he used to fight in the amateurs. Real Combat Media scored the bout 119-109 for Kovalev.

Alvarez loaded up on the counter right. It rarely landed. Kovalev threw 600 more punches than Alvarez and landed 100 more. More the boxer, less the bully, Kovalev boxed simple and beautiful and paced himself well. The bout turned into a horrible sparring session, with Kovalev landing, and Alvarez, now 24-1 with 12 knockouts, Montreal, Canada, getting assaulted, but having no counterattack or plan B. It wasn’t a pleasant rematch to watch.

Result: Sergey Kovalev Win 12 Eleider Alvarez, Light Heavyweights
Kovalev regains World Boxing Organization World Light Heavyweight title
Scoring: 120-108,116-112, 116-112 for Kovalev
Referee: Luis Pabon

Undercard Results

Richard Commey TKO 2 Isa Chaniev, Lightweights (0:39)
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Oscar Valdez TKO 7 Carmine Tommasone, Featherweights (0:09)
Valdez retains World Boxing Organization World Featherweight title
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Teofimo Lopez KO7 Diego Magdaleno, Lightweights (1:08)
Lopez wins vacant NABA, NABF and USBA Lightweight titles

Patrick Day Win 10 Ismail Iliev, Super Welterweights
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Day retains WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title
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Bakhram Murtazaliev TKO 9 Elvin Ayala, Super Welterweights (2:05)
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Zhanibek Alimkhamuly TKO 5 Steve Martinez, Middleweights (0:21)
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Jason Sanchez TKO 2 Daniel Olea, Featherweights (1:35)
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Enriko Gogokhia TKO 3 Vitor Jones, Super Lightweights (2:04)
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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at