Main Events – Kathy Duva and Golden Boy Promotions – Oscar De La Hoya and Krusher Inc. brought to the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, WBO World Light Heavyweight champion Russian Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and WBA World Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, of Guadalajara, MEX in the Main Event.
In the Main Event WBO World Light Heavyweight champion Russian Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 34-4-1 (29), #175, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, well ahead was stopped by WBA World Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 53-1-2 (36), #168 1/2, of Guadalajara, MEX, at 2:15 of the eleventh round.
In the first round Kovalev jabbed for thirty seconds before Alvarez landed a jab. Kovalev landed two dozen punches before Alvarez landed a left hook just prior to the bell.
In the second round Kovalev continued using an effective jab with Alvarez missing with a left hook. Kovalev landed four punches to the chin before Alvarez landed a left hook to the body. Kovalev landed four punches before Alvarez landed a left hook to the body. Kovalev landed five punches ending with a right to the chin of Alvarez at the bell.
In the third round Kovalev landed jab after jab until Alvarez landed a right to the chin thirty seconds into the round. Kovalev kept peppering Alvarez with his jab while Alvarez kept his hands held high. Both boxers landed left hooks to the chin at the same time.
In the fourth round Kovalev continued using his jab as Alvarez followed him around the ring. Kovalev landed 3-punch combination as Alvarez landed a left hook on the right shoulder.
In the sixth round Kovalev kept Alvarez at bay with his jab. Alvarez landed a left hook to the chin of Kovalev. Alvarez landed his first combination of the fight on the shoulders of Kovalev. Alvarez is finally opening up knowing he cannot deal with the jab of Kovalev. Alvarez missed a wild left hook over the head of Kovalev. Kovalev ended the round with a triple jab to the chin of Alvarez.
In the seventh round Kovalev continued landing the jab. He knows to beat Alvarez in Las Vegas you may have to knock him out. It is a pro Alvarez crowd. Kovalev continued outlanding Alvarez. In the eighth round Kovalev was warned by Referee Russell Mora for using his shoulder. Kovalev has Alvarez very frustrated coming forward and eating jabs and occasional rights on the chin. Alvarez got on his bike like he did in the first Golovkin fight in the last seven rounds. Kovalev chased him into the ropes landing a right to the chin. The face of Alvarez is bright red.
In the ninth Kovalev again warned for using his shoulder by Referee Mora. Alvarez is mixing it up with Kovalev landing a pair of rights to the chin. Kovalev landed the last dozen punches to the chin and head of defense minded Alvarez.
In the tenth round Referee Mora again warns Kovalev for using the shoulder that didn’t seem to be a fair call on his part. Alvarez landed a double left hook to the body of Kovalev. Kovalev landed four punches to the chin of Alvarez with thirty seconds to go in the round. Off the ropes Kovalev landed a hard right that was countered by an Alvarez right both on the chins. Alvarez landed a right cross followed by a right uppercut to the chin of Kovalev at the bell.
In the eleventh round Kovalev missed with a right but followed with a left on the chin of Alvarez. Halfway thru the round Alvarez landed a left hook to the chin of Kovalev. Alvarez landed a left hook followed by a right on the chin dropping Kovalev who went to his knees holding the ropes as Referee Mora waved it off.
This writer had it a shutout for Kovalev after ten rounds. The punch count and DAZN judge had Alvarez ahead so you know you cannot beat Alvarez in Las Vegas by decision.
In the co-feature Ryan “The Flash” Garcia, 19-0 (16), #135, of L.A., CA, knocked out Romero “Ruthless” Duno, 21-2 (16), #135, of PH and L.A., CA, for the WBC Silver and the WBO NABO Lightweight titles at 1:38 of the first round.
Super Welterweight Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev, 17-0 (13), #154, of Oxnard, CA, defeated Jorge Fortea, 20-2-1 (6), #153 1/2, of Sueca, SP, for the Eurasian Boxing Parliament Super Welterweight title over 12 rounds.
Super Flyweight Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada, 17-0 (7), #110 1/2, of E. L.A., CA, and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza, 7-0 (1), #111, of Houston, TX, for the interim WBA World Female Super Flyweight title was stopped in the 9th round because Esparza was badly cut from an accidental head butt so they went to the score cards. The ending was TD in the 9th.
In the first round
Welterweight southpaw Blair “The Flair” Cobbs, 13-0-1 (9), #147, of Las Vegas, NV, stopped Carlos “Ali” Ortiz Cervantes, 11-5 (11), #146, of Torreon, MEX, in the 6th round.
In the first round Cobbs was down and Cervantes down in the sixth round. Cervantes couldn’t come out for the seventh round.
Middleweight Meiirim Nursaltanov, 13-0 (8), #160, of KAZ and Oxnard, CA, defeated Cristian “Ruso” Olivas, 16-6 (13), #160, of Mexicali, Baja, CA, MEX, over 10 rounds.
Scores were Eric Cheek, Glenn Feldman and Richard Ocasio all 100-90.
Light Heavyweight southpaw Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev, 3-0 (3), #175, of UZB and Indio, CA, stopped Clay Collard, 4-2-3 (1), #171, of Cache Valley, UT, in the 4th round of a scheduled 8.
Super Welterweight Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield, 1-0 (1), #154, of Houston, TX, stopped Nick Winstead, 0-2 (0), #156, of Abita Springs, LA, at 0:16 of the first round.
Holyfield is the son of former world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.