Eleider Alvarez: I don’t want to hear Adonis Stevenson’s name anymore, focus is on Sergey Kovalev

Joe Hewlett 17/05/2018

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WBO light-heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1) will make the second defense of his title against the unbeaten Eleider Alvarez on Saturday, August 4.

HBO will be the official broadcasting partner for the World Title bout as the pair get set to commence battle at the newly-opening Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlanta City.

‘Storm’ Alvarez became frustrated after failing to get a chance to fight Adonis Stephenson, despite being WBC mandatory since the beginning of 2015.

However, the Columbian has admitted he is delighted to have secured a fight for the WBO championship.

Alvarez said: “I am extremely happy. I said yes as soon as I had the offer! I waited for a long time to get a shot at a world title.

“I don’t want to hear about Adonis Stevenson anymore: I am focused on Sergey Kovalev! I am really motivated, it is a huge fight against a really high-class opponent.

“Kovalev is right now the best fighter of the division. I wanted to fight in a world championship bout to show my talent and now I finally have the opportunity.

“I know it is a really hard fight, but I will work hard to become world champion. This is my dream. I am a boxer who loves challenge and who performs at my best when I am challenged.

“I now have what I want. Kovalev is an all-around solid fighter, with a good jab, good technique and a hard puncher, but my trainer knows him well! I have no doubt, I will be the next WBO champion.”

The 34-year-old has defeated former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute during 2017 and will make his first outing of this year against Kovalev.

Alvarez’s promoter, Yvon Michel is confident of the light-heavyweight will showcase his skills and inflict a third defeat to the ‘Krusher’.

Michel added, “The experience that Eleider Alvarez has now makes gives him solid chances to win that important clash! He is fighting with passion and adrenaline. He deserves his world title fight in front of his crowd. I am convinced that Eleider Alvarez has what it takes to beat Sergey Kovalev and to bring a third light heavyweight title back in Quebec!”

Marc Ramsay, Eleider’s trainer, has faced Kovalev before as the trainer for Jean Pascal, though it ended in defeat.

Optimistic of roles being reversed ahead of their showdown in August, he said: “‘Eleider is an experienced fighter, he has fought in other opponent’s backyard, he also fought in front of huge home crowd.

“We were waiting for a title shot for so long, he is now very ready to perform. The objective for him when we started together in the pro ranks was to become world championship fight.

“That is a promise I made him when he arrived in Montreal from Colombia. I am really confident that Eleider have what it takes to become world champion.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95