Their first fight ended with a dramatic knockout that shook up the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The rematch between Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev landed in Texas with many people expecting to see the final chapter in Kovalev’s career.
Instead, Kovalev added to his impressive career accolades by convincingly outboxing Alvarez and taking back the WBO Light Heavyweight world title.
Also in action was boxing‘s hottest prospect, Teofimo Lopez, who dominated Diego Magdaleno over seven rounds before brutally laying him out.
WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez made a succsessful return to the ring with his new team led by head trainer, Eddy Reynoso
Battled tested contender Richard Commey steamrolled Isa Chaniev to win the vacant IBF Lightweight title and set himself up for a possible showdown with fellow Lightweight titlist, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Check out the full fight-card results below.
Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev
Sergey Kovalev redeems himself with UD victory over a sturdy Alvarez. Alvarez proved to be too conservative to retain his title and final scorecards read 116-112 X2 and 120-108.
Richard Commey vs. Isa Chaniev
Richard Commey redeems himself and finally accomplishes his lifetime goal of becoming a world champion. It took the fighter from Ghana just two rounds to obliterate his foe in Isa Chaniev. A perfect 1-2 combination floored Chaniev in the first and left him on wobbly legs. Commey picked up where he left off and closed the show in stellar fashion with the TKO finish. With the win, Commey will now look to possibly unify with #1 P4P fighter Vasyl Lomachenko.
Oscar Valdez vs. Carmine Tommasone
After an 11 month layoff due to a broken jaw, WBO champion Oscar Valdez defeats undefeated contended Carmine Tommasone. Valdez, now with head trainer Eddy Reynoso, looked more patient and allowed himself to pick his shots and capitalized on the right moments. Valdez scored multiple knockdowns on the way to the 7th round TKO that was ended with a clean right uppercut. Valdez remains undefeated and is now 25-0.
Patrick Day vs. Ismail Iliev
Patrick Day had to earn his win tonight in Frisco, Texas. The up and coming prospect found himself trading heavy shots with a very game and tough Ismail Iliev. Both fighters traded shots virtually every round but in the end, the judges leaned towards the New York native. Final scorecards read 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93 respectively.
Teofimo Lopez vs. Diego Magdaleno
The takeover is certainly underway, as Teofimo Lopez smokes Diego Magdaleno in 7. Lopez closed the show with a vicious KO and added another name to his already impressive start to his pro career.
Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Elvin Ayala
Kicking off the Top Rank card, Bakhram Murtazaliev defeats Elvin Ayala to retain his USNBC Super Welterweight title via 9th round TKO. Murtazaliev dropped Ayala two times in the bout and the fight was stopped after Ayala took an onslaught of combinations and eventually the referee had seen enough and called a halt to the action.
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Martinez
Janibek Alimkhanuly took on a Bronx native in Steven Martinez and finished him off with little trouble. Round by round, Martinez tried to stay in there with the skilled Khazakh but he was eventually no match. In the 5th, the Martinez corner had seen enough punishment and called an end to the bout.
Enriko Gogokhia vs. Vitor Jones
Enriko Gogokhia made quick work of Brazilian Vitor Freitas and improved his record to 10-0 with a swift TKO finish in the third round. Freitas was dropped twice throughout the fight and was unable to continue after the second knockdown in the third.
Jason Sanchez vs. Daniel Olead
Jason Sanchez makes his Top Rank debut and impresses with a second-round TKO finish over Daniel Olea. Sanchez improves his record to 14-0 with 7 knockouts.