- Canelo Alvarez KO-11 Sergey Kovalev (2:15)
- Ryan Garcia KO-1 Romero Duno (1:38)
- Seniesa Estrada TD-9 Marlen Espraza (90-81, 89-82, 88-83)
- Blair Cobbs TKO-6 Carlos Ortiz (3:00)
- Evan Holyfield TKO-1 Nick Winstead (0:16)
- Bakhram Murtazaliev UD-12 Jorge Fortea (118-110, 119-109, 120-108)
- Tristan Kalkreuth UD-4 Twon Smith (39-37, 40-36, 40-36)
- Meiirim Nursultanov UD-10 Cristian Olivas (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
Round By Round
Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev
Round 1: Kovalev comes out and throws a quick jab and tries to follow it up with some more as Canelo slides to his left to stay off the line. Kovalev probes with his jab some more but hasn’t pierced Canelo’s guard yet. Right hand goes to the body from Canelo. Canelo fighting behind a high, tight guard and slipping his head from side to side. Kovalev tries to physically push Canelo back once he can’t gets his punch to land. Canelo steps forward with a right hand upstairs that misses. Canelo keeping an active jab that’s mostly being used to keep Canelo at arms reach. Canelo seems to be feeling out Kovalev’s power on his gloves but now lands a clean counter left hand upstairs, then another one that grazes Kovalev’s chest. Honestly, Kovalev threw a lot more punches but Canelo actually landed the few clean ones. I’m going to edge this to Canelo. Canelo 10-9.
Round 2: Canelo comes out looking to slip Kovalev’s jab and has been doing a good job of it well. Kovalev lands a jab as Canelo tries to time a hook. Big left hook falls short for Canelo. Now Canelo lands a right to the body as he looks to walk forward. Right hand from Canelo tags the body again. Kovalev pokes with his jab but it just lands on Canelo’s guard. Canelo looks very comfortable in his defense before uncorking a big left to the body that misses. Left to the body scores for Canelo this time, followed by a short combination downstairs. Right hand from Kovalev lands on Canelo’s glove. Combination comes from Canelo and it doesn’t land clean but then he lands a nice body shot shortly after. Kovalev falls short on a right hand. Well, I still see Canelo landing the cleaner shots while he’s defending Kovalev’s punches well. Canelo 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Kovalev scores a jab to the body. Clean left hand scores for Kovaelv upstairs now. More jabs come from Kovalev as he tries to keep this an outside fight. Canelo isn’t pressing forward as much now and it’s allowing Kovalev to keep a rhythm with his jab. Left hook upstairs lands for Canelo but Kovalev scores a right. Jab to the body falls short for Canelo. Jab lands upstairs for Kovalev now, who I think is starting to score with that jab much better. RIght hand from Canelo grazes the body. Much more effective use of the jab for Kovalev here. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 4: Jab from Kovalev gets blocked but puts Canelo to the ropes. Canelo lunges with a lead left hook that doesn’t quite have the range. Kovalev eats a left hook from Canelo, who then tries to add in a couple more punches to follow it up. Kovalev jabs and steps to the side before jumping in to grab hold of Canelo to tie him up. Right hand from Kovalev lands on Canelo’s guard but Kovalev ties Canelo up once he steps in close. Kovalev scores a left to the body, the tries a sweeping right upstairs. Canelo tries to land an uppercut to the body but he’s not getting in close enough just yet. Kovalev throws three jabs as Canelo puts up his tight guard. Counter right to the body from Canelo grazes Kovalev’s body. I’m edging this one to Kovalev too. Kovalev 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Canelo pops a quick jab upstairs but only grazes Kovalev. Left hook from Canelo partially lands upstairs but Kovalev gets in a right hand to the body. Jab lands clean for Canelo as he puts Kovalev to the ropes and Kovalev immediately looks to hold. Hard left hook lands clean to the body for Canelo, then a right hand. Canelo is looking to damage the body as Kovalev tries to keep his left hand extended as often as possible. Right hand score for Canelo. Left hook lands upstairs for Canelo as he steps in. Another check hook lands for Canelo as Kovalev looks to go to the body. Close round. Canelo 10-9.
Round 6: Kovalev tries to work his jab as Canelo covers up with a tight guard. Kovalev continues to stay on the outside behind his jab and then pushes Canelo’s hand down. Left hook from Canelo doesn’t land clean as Kovalev covers up but Canelo throws a couple more hooks as Kovalev defends. Left lands to the body for Canelo then a sweeping right hand grazes as Kovalev looks to escape to his right. Canelo is stalking Kovalev and puts him towards the ropes and Kovalev grabs hold. Kovalev jabs but doesn’t land and Canelo steps forward and lands a clean left hook upstairs. Canelo throws two to the body and Kovalev ties up. Canelo 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Canelo tries to time a counter jab but doesn’t quite land it, but backs Kovalev up a little. Kovalev steps forward with an active jab and while he’s throwing it a lot, he’s not really landing it much to my eye. Canelo presses forward and lands a left hook upstairs again. Kovalev jabs to the body and grabs hold. Hard left to the body scores for Canelo. Kovalev throws three punches but they all glance off Canelo’s guard. Canelo is the smaller man but he’s been chasing the bigger guy around and I wonder what impression that’s leaving on the judges. Canelo slips a big shot from Kovalev at center ring. Left upstairs from Canelo partially lands. Canelo times another left hook upstairs. Canelo 10-9.
Round 8: Canelo blocks a left hook from Kovalev. Jab lands for Kovalev this time, then another as Canelo falls short on a couple hooks. Kovalev works the jab some more and then instinctively hunches over to protect his body and grabs Canelo. Kovalev pokes Canelo some more as he steps back to create space. Nice jab lands for Kovalev again. Canelo backs off as Kovalev has some success and he wants to reset the action. Canelo is bouncing around the ring now and trying to lure Kovalev to come towards him. Jab lands for Kovalev with Canelo on the ropes. Canelo times a left hook counter upstairs. Good round for Kovalev. Kovalev 10-9, 75-77.
Round 9: Jab comes from Kovalev to the head and body. Canelo misses on a left hook at mid-range. Kovaelv probes with a couple more straight shots as Canelo clips him with a left hook. Left to the body lands for Canelo but Kovalev lands one in return. Kovalev blatantly pushes Canelo with his should and gets a warning from the referee. Both fighters trade for a moment and Kovalev lands a counter right hand upstairs. Now Canelo lands a left hook to the body, then the head, then two more. Kovalev lands a clean jab to the head and steps back again. Counter right hand lands for Canelo again. To me the difference in this fight is that Kovalev is throwing a ton of jabs with middling success while Canelo is landing clean punches that are easy to see, knocking Kovalev’s head around. I think Canelo is landing the clearer, more effective punches. Canelo 10-9.
Round 10: Canelo steps forward and looks to land two big power shots that Kovalev just manages to evade. Kovalev gets warned again for blatant shoving. Canelo stalking Kovalev around the ring using a lot of head movement and then backs Kovalev to a corner and lands a right hand. Chopping right hand followed by a left hook to the body lands clean for Canelo. Kovalev is on the ropes and is showing at least some signs of distress, which is odd since he’s clearly much bigger than Canelo in the ring. Kovalev throws some pitty-pat punches that mostly land on Canelo’s guard but then lands some clean jabs to the body — that was some good work. Kovalev is keeping up the jab and then ties up Canelo immedaitely. Canelo rips off a combination that grazes Kovalev. I’ll edge this round to Kovalev for his more consistent work with the jab. Kovalev 10-9, 94-96.
Round 11: Canelo comes out hunting for Kovalev and starts looking to strafe him with power shots. Kovalev skips to the side as Canelo lands a body shot. Chopping right hand from Canelo just misses. Referee warns Kovalev to keep it clean once again with the pushing and grabbing. Jab lands clean for Canelo upstairs, then a hook. Hard right hand lands down to the body for Canelo and Kovalev’s body quivers. Kovalev throws a couple of punches to back Canelo off but Canelo calmly slips the attack and lands a chopping right hand, THEN ANOTHER RIGHT HAND ACROSS THE CHIN AND KOVALEV IS DOWN AND OUT! CANELO KO-11.
Ryan Garcia vs Romero Duno
Round 1: Duno comes out ducking low and Garcia throws a couple of left hook s that Duno catches on his glove. Clean right hook knocks Duno to the ropes. Garcia tries to pick off Duno as he tries to work his way to the inside, and as long as Garcia is getting off first he’s racking up some points here. Clean right hand lands and hurts Duno! ANOTHER CLEAN RIGHT HAND PUTS DUNO BACK AND A LEFT HOOK PUTS DUNO DOWN AND DUNO IS A BROKEN MAN! Garcia KO-1.
Seniesa Estrada vs Marlen Esparza
Round 1: Both women come out quick, looking to throw bombs. Esparza a little more agressive in these exchanges as she presses forward but now Estrada lands a solid hook upstairs that gets Esparza’s attention but Esparza fires a short flurry to the body on the inside. Estrada lands a clean hook and slips a couple shots from Esparza. Check hook lands upstairs for Estrada, but Esparza is game and willing to exchange. Esparza misses on a lead right hand, then a left hook shortly after. Esparza lands a shot during a three punch combination now though. I’m think Esparza outworked Estrada in this round to take it. Esparza 10-9.
Round 2: Esparza comes out pressing and the fighters both exchange and land. Esparza continues to press as Estrada lands a check hook. Right hand lands for Estrada as she times Esparza coming in. Right hand lands to the body for Esparza. Esparza falls short on a left hook and Estrada gets in a couple of shots on the inside. Straight right hand lands to the body for Esparza. Left hand lands on the inside for Estrada. Two body shots land clean for Esparza on the inside. I’m leaning Estrada in this one. Estrada 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Both women come out swinging with both hands. Esparza charges in but can’t find the target. Now Esparza tries to go back down to the body with a right hand. Counter shot lands clean for Esparza. Estrada stalking and misses on a wide left hook. Straight right hand from Esparza makes solid contact. Now Estrada lands two clean shots while Esparza wasn’t focused. Two shots land for Estrada as she gets her timing together. Estrada 10-9.
Round 4: Jab lands for Esparza to start the round. The fighters tade again and Esparza nods at Estrada. Straight left hand from Estrada lands pretty well. Esparza lands a left hand this time. Esparza works both hands to the body and lands a couple of clean shots. Now Estrada goes downstairs and lands two clean left hooks upstairs that really snap her head. Esparza appears to have taken the shots well but Estrada is work the body and looking like he’s trying to pick up the pace on Esparza. Clean left hook lands upstairs for Estrada and Esparza is looking like she’s staring to wilt a little. Estrada has the momentum. Estrada 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Right hand to the body falls short for Esparza. Estrada throws several shots as she comes forward but the referee warns Estrada for her punches straying low. Right hand lands to the body for Esparza. Now Estrada goes down to the body and the fighters clash heads and Esparza has a monster gash on her forehead and she’s bleeding profusely. Check hook lands for Estrada. Esparza is a bloody mess. Straight right hand lands for Estrada. Estrada 10-9.
Round 6: Esparza will continue for now and looks to start with a straight right to the body. Check hook lands on the inside for Esparza as Estrada charges in with a few punches. Left hand lands downstairs twice for Estrada, now Esparza lands one in return and Estrada hits her upstairs and has the bloody come back down Esparza’s face. Two shots do down to the body for Estrada as Esparza tries to mix in a punch of her own. Two hooks land clean for Estrada up close. Esparza is game but I think Estrada is clearly winning. Estrada 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Estrada falls short on a straight left hand. Sweeping left hand partially lands for Estrada upstairs. Estrada stalks Esparza back towards the ropes before Esparza lands two body shots and a chopping right on the inside. Straight left lands clean for Estrada, but now Esparza comes back with a number of body shots. Counter lands pretty well for Esparza before she ties up Estrada along the ropes. I like Esparza’s body work in this round. Esparza 10-9.
Round 8: Two jabs from Esparza miss to open the round. Bother fighters walk in on each other and trade punches but end up wrestling a bit on the inside. Left hand comes out clean for Estrada. Estrada is picking it up and lands to body shots followed by a hook upstairs. Right hand lands for Estrada. Estrada comes forward behind a few shots but Esparza manages to duck most of those shots before eating another one on the inside. Esparza lands a clean shot or two before taking one back from Estrada. Let and right hand lands clean for Estrada as Esparza starts wobbling slightly. Another left hook lands upstairs for Estrada at the bell. Estrada 10-9, 78-74.
Round 9: Three punches from Esparza don’t find the target. Cleft left hook lands for Estrada. Double Estrada triples up that left hook. Straight left hand lands clean twice for Estrada. Short left hand lands for Estrada on the inside but Esparza want s to return fire. Staright right to the body falls shrot for Esparza. Now Estrada lands a short combination well to the head and body. Estrada 10-9.
Esparza tells the referee she can’t see due to the blood in her eye between rounds so this fight is over. The fight goes to the scorecards because the gash was caused by an accidental head clash. I’ve got it 88-83 for Estrada.
Blair Cobbs vs Carlos Ortiz
Round 1: Cobbs stands center ring and takes a step back as Ortiz throws a jab that falls short. Now Ortiz throws a short combination that doesn’t make much contact. Cobbs tries to measure a jab but can’t find the range just yet. Cobbs tries a jab down to the body now a couple of times, partially landing on the second. Counter left hand from Cobbs scores. Cobbs leaps in with a lead right hook and gets clipped with a clean counter hook from Ortiz. Straight left hand from Ortiz makes partial contact. Now Ortiz charges in with four punches that don’t really land but push Cobbs back. Cobbs tries to sweep a right hook but takes another counter from Ortiz that make Cobbs wobble and touch the canvas. Cobbs is stunned badly at the end of the round! Ortiz 10-8.
Round 2: Cobbs throws a few jabs to start the round as he tries to set his range while recovering. Jab lands to the body for Cobbs. Ortiz stalks forward and tries to draw out another wild attack from Cobbs that he can counter. Cobbs throws a short combination and makes some contact. Cobbs bouncing around the ring as he tries to box from the outside and he’s been doing well controlling the action in this round. Jab and straight left hand lands for Ortiz but Cobbs gets in a couple shots in return and those look like they had more of an impact on Ortiz. Big arcing left hand from Cobbs misses. Now Cobbs lands a counter to end the round. Cobbs 10-9, 18-19.
Round 3: Ortiz comes out to center ring first and measures with a jab before Cobbs tries to force him back with his own jab. Both fighters are jockeying for position at center ring and Cobbs throws three jabs in quick succession. Another sweeping left hand from Cobbs misses. Jab lands clean to the body for Ortiz. Ortiz tries another but Cobbs counters with a left hand this time. Hard left to the body lands clean for Cobbs when Ortiz leans in. Thwo punches from Ortiz miss as he tries to get something off. Both fighters trade but neither land anything of significance. Cobbs throws three punches but doesn’t land them. I think Cobbs edges this round but no one did much. Cobbs 10-9.
Round 4: Ortiz lands a jab upstairs and then tries to stick a straight left hand to the body. Cobbs counces to the side and tries to get more favorable position at center ring where he can have more space to use his athleticism. Both fighters trade jabs. Check right hook from Cobbs lands upstairs. Now Cobbs goes down to the body with a left hand. Ortiz comes back with a shot but can’t find the range on a bigger looping left hand that follows. Two clean shots land for Cobbs who then skips to the the other side of the ring. Cobbs jabs and then slips an Ortiz response. Cobbs is boxing pretty nicely since the early knockdown. Cobbs 10-9, 38-37.
Round 5: Ortiz falls short on a body shot. Cobbs starts working the jab again at center ring and then lands a seeping left hand, gets excited, and gets sloppy with some follow up shots that gives Ortiz a chance to counter. Hard left hand lands to the body for Ortiz. Ortiz misses on the second attempt of that same shot. Overhand left hand misses from Ortiz and now Cobbs unloads a flashy flurry of punches and lands several clean hard shots! Ortiz gets in a jab. Cobbs’ combination was by far the best work of the round. Cobbs 10-9.
Round 6: Counter left hand from Cobbs partially lands. Now Ortiz lands a couple of Left hands over the top before Cobbs catches him with a big shot in between that levels Ortiz! Ortiz gets up and wants to continue, sporting a small cut over his right eye. Two clean body shots land for Cobbs on the inside. Another counter lands for Cobbs and backs Ortiz off for a moment. Ortiz lands a shot down to the body. Counter left hand from Cobbs makes some contact. Hard left hand lands clean to the body this time for Cobbs! Clean right hook lands upstairs for Cobbs and Ortiz is starting to look a little less steady on his legs. Cobbs 10-8, 58-54.
Ortiz complains of a broken rib between rounds and can’t continue. Cobbs TKO-6.
Tonight starting at 6:30 pm ET for the prelims and 9:00 pm ET for the four-fight main card, Bad Left Hook is the place to be for updates for the Canelo vs Kovalev card, streaming live on DAZN from Las Vegas.
We’ll be here with live results throughout the prelims, and then full round-by-round from Wil Esco starting at 9 pm ET for the main card.
Canelo, 29, is looking to win a world title in a fourth weight class, moving up to 175 pounds to challenge for the WBO light heavyweight title held by the 36-year-old Kovalev. It’s a potentially fascinating matchup between a naturally smaller man in his prime, and a bigger opponent who may be past his best days, but is still very credible and could prove that 175 is just too much for the Mexican superstar.
The co-feature will see lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia face warrior Romero Duno, and we’ll also have a flyweight bout between Seniesa Estrada and Marlen Esparza, plus welterweights Blair Cobbs and Carlos Ortiz facing off.
Here’s the full lineup and run order:
Prelims (DAZN, 6:30 pm ET)
- Meiirim Nursultanov (12-0, 8 KO) vs Cristian Olivas (16-5, 13 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds
- Tristan Kalkreuth (2-0, 2 KO) vs Twon Smith (3-3, 2 KO), cruiserweights, 4 rounds
- Bakhram Murtazaliev (16-0, 13 KO) vs Jorge Fortea (20-1-1, 6 KO), junior middleweights, 12 rounds
- Evan Holyfield (debut) vs Nick Winstead (0-1, 0 KO), junior middleweights, 4 rounds
Main Card (DAZN, 9:00 pm ET)
- Blair Cobbs (12-0-1, 8 KO) vs Carlos Ortiz (11-4, 11 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Seniesa Estrada (17-0, 7 KO) vs Marlen Esparza (7-0, 1 KO), flyweights, 10 rounds
- Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15 KO) vs Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds
- Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO) vs Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KO), light heavyweights, 12 rounds