Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title. We will provide quick results and recaps of the undercard with live, round-by-round coverage of the main event.
Below is the full lineup for the card (Undercard at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fightful/Main Card at 9 p.m. ET on DAZN):
- Canelo Alvarez defeated Sergey Kovalev by KO, round 11 to win the WBO Light Heavyweight title
- Ryan Garcia defeated Romero Duno by KO, round 1 to win the WBC Silver & NABO Lightweight titles
- Seniesa Estrada defeated Marlen Esparza by technical unanimous decision (90-81, 89-82, 88-83) to win the Interim WBA Female Flyweight title
- Blair Cobbs defeated Carlos Ortiz by TKO, round 6 to retain the NABF Welterweight title
- Evan Holyfield defeated Nick Winstead by TKO, round 1
- Bakhram Murtazaliev defeated Jorge Fortea by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110) to win an IBF Junior Middleweight title eliminator
- Tristan Kalkreuth defeated Twon Smith by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 39-37)
- Meiirim Nursultanov defeated Cristian Olivas by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to win the WBC-USNBC Middleweight title
- Bektemir Melikuziev defeated Clay Collard by TKO, round 4
Meiirim Nursultanov defeated Cristian Olivas by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to win the WBC-USNBC Middleweight title: This was a pretty one-sided affair that never really got into second gear. Nursultanov is an unbeaten Kazakhstan middleweight, but unlike Gennadiy Golovkin, he doesn't possess the same killer power. Nursultanov does make that up by controlling the pace of the action well and limiting Olivas' offense. It was unlikely that Nursultanov would beat Olivas inside the distance, given how tough Olivas is against similar types of competition. Nursultanov holding the WBC-USNBC title opens the door to him getting bigger fights for 2020, but he's nowhere near a world title shot, especially given how the division currently stands.
Tristan Kalkreuth defeated Twon Smith by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 39-37): The intrigue of this fight is the fact that Kalkreuth is 17 years old while Smith is 32. Kalkreuth basically used his athleticism throughout the fight to outwork Smith, but Kalkreuth did show a good chin in the third round when he got hit hard by a right hook from Smith. The jury is still out on Kalkreuth's ceiling as a pro, but he's got plenty of years to continue developing.
Bakhram Murtazaliev defeated Jorge Fortea by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110) to win an IBF Junior Middleweight title eliminator: Murtazaliev came into the fight as much as a 45-1 favorite to win the bout. Murtazaliev controlled the pace early and was the more aggressive puncher, but Fortea's counter punches did open up some spots where he nearly hurt Murtazaliev. It began in the second round with a left hook upstairs from Fortea and then another big hook in the sixth round. Fortea didn't create enough offense to even make this a competitive fight on the scorecards. Murzataliev is now the mandatory challenger to the IBF title being held by Julian Williams, but there is no telling on if the IBF will order that fight to happen at some point in 2020.
Evan Holyfield defeated Nick Winstead by TKO, round 1: This was the pro debut of Evan, son of Evander Holyfield. Holyfield dropped Winstead in the opening seconds of the round after a furious combination of punches, but the referee immediately stopped at 16 seconds of the fight. Nothing to gauge from this fight, but at least Evan is 1-0 as a pro.
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