ALVAREZ VS. KOVALEV POST-FIGHT QUOTES
Press Release: Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), originally from Colombia but fighting out of Montreal, scored a seventh round knockout victory over Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ to become the WBO light heavyweight champion. "I can't describe how I feel," said an elated Alvarez (pictured), thanking God and his entire team including trainer Marc Ramsey and promoter Yvon Michel, along with his family and the people of both Quebec and Colombia. I wanted to show him I'm strong, I have a good chin, and I'm ready for big things," said Alvarez. On the knockout blow, Alvarez said "We practiced that punch during training camp, and that's how it went ... I always practiced that punch in training."
Alvarez, a native of Colombia, had waited on a title shot as the WBC mandatory challenger for three years. [The WBC corruptly i gnored its own rules and never delivered]. When offered [a WBO shot], he jumped at the chance to face Kovalev, earning him tremendous respect. Now he sits at the top of the division. Asked if he'd like to face the WBA champion, Dmitry Bivol, Alvarez said "I'm ready for the best in the world. I'm ready for the best in the division. I've been waiting for five years. I'm ready for anybody."
Speaking on Instagram from the back of an ambulance en route to a local hospital, an upbeat Kovalev reassured fans he was all right. "I am on my way to the hospital to check my head, check my body ... I feel OK. Thank you everyone, thank you very much to all the fans around the world for your support. I love you, and I'm fine."