Tonight with coverage starting at 10 pm ET on ESPN and continuing at Midnight ET on ESPN+, Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev headline a four-fight card from Texas, in a rematch for Alvarez’s WBO light heavyweight title.
Alvarez (24-0, 12 KO) upset Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KO) last August in Atlantic City, coming from behind to stop the Russian in the seventh round. Alvarez opened as the betting underdog for the rematch, too, but since then the odds have swung in his favor, and sports books have him as the favorite now.
Lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez (11-0, 9 KO) will look to continue his winning ways, as he faces veteran Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KO) in a 10-round bout. Magdaleno, a former title challenger at both 130 and 135, is a step up for Lopez on paper.
WBO featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KO) will also make his return to the ring, as he defends his belt against Italy’s Carmine Tommasone (19-0, 5 KO). Valdez has been out since last March, when he suffered a broken jaw in a win over Scott Quigg.
The vacant IBF lightweight title is on the line, as well, as Ghana’s Richard Commey (27-2, 24 KO) takes on Russia’s Isa Chaniev (13-1, 6 KO). Commey’s only losses were both by split decision, to Robert Easter Jr and Denis Shafikov back in 2016. Chaniev has won three straight after a loss to Fedor Papazov in 2017.
The Valdez-Tommasone and Commey-Chaniev bouts will air on ESPN starting at 10 pm ET, with Alvarez-Kovalev II and Lopez-Magdaleno following at Midnight ET on ESPN+. Wil Esco will be here for the round-by-round coverage.
- SERGEY KOVALEV def. ELEIDER ALVAREZ by UD (116-112, 116-112, 120-108)
- TEOFIMO LOPEZ def. DIEGO MAGDALENO by KO (1:08 of Round 7)
- OSCAR VALDEZ def. CARMINE TOMMASONE by TKO (0:09 of Round 7)
- RICHARD COMMEY def. ISA CHANIEV by TKO (0:39 of Round 2)
ELEIDER ALVAREZ vs SERGEY KOVALEV
Round 1: Kovalev comes out on the attack quickly with a few strong jabs. Now Alvarez tries to lunge in with two punches that fall short. Jab to the body lands for Alvarez. Kovalev feints and then thrwos a jab to the head and body. Kovalev throws three punches that miss and then grabs Alvarez behind the head. Jab lands for Kovalev at center ring. Now Kovalev throws a stiff jab to the body. Both fighters trade punches with Alvarez getting in one downstairs. I think Kovalev edged the first round. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 2: Kovalev throws a short flurry as Alvarez covers up on the ropes. Both fighters trade jabs now. Alvarez misses on a big right hook. Two jabs land for Kovalev, then a third. Alvarez catches a Kovalev right hand on his glove but then eats the next right hand. One-two lands for Kovalev. Jab to the body lands for Alvarez. Overhand right partially lands for Alvarez. Kovalev comes forward behind his jab to end the round. I think Kovalev takes this round too. Kovalev 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Jab lands clean for Kovalev to start the round. Now both trade jabs but Kovalev comes with more follow up punches. Kovalev trying to dominate the fight at range and is doing a good job of it. Jab lands for Alvarez. Kovalev throws four punches against Alvarez’s guard. Alvarez tries a big right hook that glances off Kovalev’s shoulder. Low blow lands for Alvarez but the referee doesn’t see it. Kovalev leads with a left hook but Alvarez counters at the same time. Both fighters trade jabs again to end the round. I think it was a better round for Alvarez but Kovalev still takes it. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 4: Both fighters throw and land jabs. Kovalev comes forward with four punches and Alvarez circles away. Kovalev leads again with three punches as Alvarez keeps his hands at home. Clean jab lands for Alvarez and knocks Kovalev back a little. Jab lands for Kovalev, who then tries to double a right hook that doesn’t land clean. Now Kovalev doubles the left hook but those only partially land as well. Alvarez is clearly trying to save his energy for the later going, but in the meanwhile Kovalev is winning the rounds. Kovalev 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Both fighters wind up in a clinch right away. After the break Kovalev tries to time a counter right and now Alvarez is starting to come forward and throwing punches. Overhand right from Alvarez just partially lands. Kovalev throws a flurry of punches as Alvarez covers up. Kovalev gets warned for throwing a backhand punch. Three more punches come from Kovalev as Alvarez defends. Clean jab lands for Kovalev again at center ring. Hard right hand from Alvarez clips Kovalev. Kovalev throws a couple more jabs to end the round but can’t land clean. Alvarez is starting to come on but Kovalev still in control. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 6: Kovalev stays at range and tries to pick Alvarez off as he comes in. Two hard shots lands for Alvarez now. Alvarez getting a little more aggressive and Alvarez lands a clean jab. Kovalev throws four punches and then two left hooks to the body. Kovalev throws a lot of punches that are landing on Alvarez’s arms and gloves. Alvarez tries to time a big overhand right that misses. Clean shots from Kovalev gets Alvarez’s attention. Kovalev 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Alvarez starts with a string jab as Kovalev gets in a counter. Kovalev throws three quick punches that Alvarez blocks. Now Alvarez lands a few body shots in a row and Kovalev immediately ties up. Another left hook to the body lands for Alvarez. Alvarez stands his ground and is trying to press Kovalev a little more, who is touching Alvarez’s guard and stepping to the side. Left to the body lands well for Kovalev. Right hook lands upstairs for Alvarez but so far Kovalev is just outworking him. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 8: Alvarez starts the round with a couple of body shots that partially land. Kovalev is looking like he’s not as strong as he was earlier as Alvarez tries to build up some forward momentum. Now Alvarez backs off and hasn’t thrown any punches for a near 20 second stretch. Alvarez is going to need a knockout to win this fight since he’s just not scoring enough. Kovalev jabs to the body. Right hook lands upstairs for Alvarez, his best punch of the round. Kovalev 10-9, 80-72.
Round 9: Alvarez tries to jab but falls into a clinch. Kovalev measures with his straight punches and then backs up to maintain his preferred distance. Right hand followed by a left lands for Kovalev. Kovalev lands a jab to the body and head. Right hook to the body lands, then he lands a short right hook upstairs. Stiff jab lands for Alvarez this time. Right hand to the body lands for Alvarez now. Kovalev tries to find a home for his left hand again and then backs Alvarez to the ropes. More punches from Kovalev keep Alvarez on defense. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 10: Kovalev starts the round with a right hook that Alvarez catches on his guard. Alvarez partially lands a chopping right hook. Alvarez just puts his ear muffs back on and lets Kovalev take the play away from him. Counter right hand from Kovalev lands upstairs. Now Kovalev throws a combination that pierces Alvarez’s guard. Alvarez simply isn’t working enough, he hasn’t gotten busy in any of these rounds. Clean left hand from Kovalev snaps Alvarez’s head back and causes a roar from the crowd. Kovalev 10-9, 100-90.
Round 11: Kovalev throws two jabs that don’t land. Now Kovalev lands one but Alvarez counters with two punches. Alvarez tries the same right hook but Kovalev is looking for it. Now Alvarez lands that right hook but Kovalev takes the punches and fires back a short combination. Alvarez lands a shot but Kovalev fires back a straight punch of his own. Kovalev throws five touching punches and then a right hand that makes Alvarez fall into him. Kovalev 10-9.
Round 12: Well, if Alvarez wants to land that Hail Mary punch, now is the time. Alvarez comes out with a jab. Kovalev throws three punches as Alvarez defends. Alvarez throws a body shot, then steps in behind another one.Kovalev pushes Alvarez back and touches him with the left hand. Three punches come from Kovalev, Alvarez covers up. Right hand lead lands clean for Kovalev, then a left hand. Alvarez barely showed up to this fight, which is a real shame. Two jabs and a right hand lands for Kovalev. Right hook lands for Alvarez upstairs. Kovalev stands in and tries to land a few more of his own. Right hand lead lands for Kovalev this time. I’ve got it a shutout for Kovalev, 120-108.
TEOFIMO LOPEZ vs DIEGO MAGDALENO
Round 1: Lopez paws with a couple of jabs to start the round, then tries a right hand to the body. Magdaleno throws a jab and right hand to the body. Lopez walks forward and catches two punches on his gloves. Right hand from Lopez falls a little short, but then lands the second one moments later. Another hard right hand to the body lands for Lopez. Lopez jus misses no a lead left hook this time but lands another right hand to the body. Magdaleno lands a left hand on Lopez’s chin from his southpaw stance. Flurry from Lopez at the end of the round shakes up Magdaleno! Lopez 10-9.
Round 2: Magdaleno tries a straight left and a jab to the body. Clean left hand from Magdaleno lands on Lopez’s face. Lead left hook followed by a right hand lands for Lopez. Hard right hook to the body lands for Loepz, then a clean uppercut that snaps Magdaleno’s head up. Lopez comes on with several more punches which has Magdaleno’s bleeding early. ANother flurry lands clean for Lopez and Magdaleno tries to hold on but Lopez steps out of range. Hard body shot hurts Magdaleno badly! Magdaleno is trying to survive now but he’s taking an assault! Counter right hand lands well for Lopez. Now Lopez lands two or three more punches to end the round. I’m going to score that a 10-8 round for Lopez because it was a one-sided beating. Lopez 20-17.
Round 3: Magdaleno tries to lead with a couple of ineffective punches. Left hand to the body comes from Magdaleno. Now Lopez counters with several hard shots that are making solid contact with Magdaleno. Uppercut on the inside lands for Lopez after some fancy defensive maneuvers. Counter left hook lands clean for Lopez. Another couple of counters land clean for Lopez, who is playing target practice with Magdaleno. Lopez 10-9.
Round 4: Lopez jumps in with a left hook but Magdaleno manages to catch it on his glove. Lopez continues to pick counter shots to make Magdaleno pay for just about every punch he throws. Lopez tries to time an overhand right hand that just misses the mark. Now Magdaleno lands a straight left hand. Short combination lands for Lopez, who can barely miss at this point. Straight right hand to the body lands again for Lopez. Lopez is just too quick and powerful for Magdaleno. Lopez 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Lopez steps out of range of a two-punch combination Magdaleno throws to the body. Straight right hand lands to the head for Lopez. Now a left hook lands for Lopez as Magdaleno gets in a hook of his own. Three punches from Lopez push Magdaleno back, and Lopez follows it up with a sharp jab. More power shots land clean for Lopez and Magdaleno’s face is looking back. Magdaleno misses on a big left hand and Lopez steps around and throws a punch behind his back. Straight right hand lands to the body for Lopez, who then throws a right hook to the head. Magdaleno is taking a real beating. Lopez 10-9.
Round 6: Lopez leaps with a left hand that Magdaleno ducks. Lopez taking some time to let the punishment soak in on Magdaleno, allowing him to lead and wear himself down a little bit more. Counter uppercut lands again for Lopez. Straight left hand lands to the body for Magdaleno. More counters land for Lopez, who is just playing with Magdaleno. HUGE LEFT HOOK LANDS FOR LOPEZ AND DROPS MAGDALENO HARD! More punches come from Lopez and Magdaleno falls into Lopez at the bell. Apparently this will continue. Lopez 10-8, 60-52.
Round 7: Hard right hands land clean for Lopez and Magdaleno is taking a beat on the ropes but the referee still won’t step in! What is going on?! Magdaleno tries to wing some shots and tells Lopez he wants to slug it out — Lopez is amenable to that idea. TWO MORE BIG HOOKS LAND FOR LOPEZ AND MAGDALENO IS DOWN HARD! Magdaleno didn’t need to take those last hard shots — poor judgement by the referee and Magdaleno’s trainer. Lopez stands over and taunts Magdaleno’s crumpled body. Lopez KO-7.
OSCAR VALDEZ vs CARMINE TOMMASONE
Round 1: Tommasone starts with a quick jab but takes one back from Valdez. Valdez parries a couple of jabs from Tommasone who then tries to circle the outside of the ring. Jab from Valdez falls short. Left hook lead lands for Valdez. Jab to the body grazes Valdez. Now Tommasone throws a right hand to the body. Solid jab lands upstairs for Valdez before the fighters get tied up. Hard right hand lands down the pipe for Valdez. Now Valdez lands a right hook to the body before the bell rings. Valdez 10-9.
Round 2: Valdez parries a jab before tries to counter with his own. Valdez presses forward and misses on a right hand to the body. Clean jab lands for Valdez as he catches Tommasone with his hands low. Another clean jab from Valdez snaps Tommasone’s head back. Tommasone is throwing a lot of jabs but Valdez is landing the noticeably harder ones. I think Valdez landed the most effective shots of the round. Valdez 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Tommasone intent on keeping this fight at range but he just doesn’t seem to be good enough to keep Valdez off of him for any real stretch of time. Jab lands for Valdez, backing Tommasone up. Clean right hook lands upstairs for Valdez. Tommasone throws down to the body, then lands a jab upstairs. Both fighters trade jabs at center ring before Valdez lands a right hook down to the body. Four jabs come from Valdez but don’t land clean. Tommasone is making it awkward for Valdez but I think Valdez is landing the cleaner, harder shots. Valdez 10-9.
Round 4: Valdez lands a lead left hook that has Tommasone retreating. Tommasone puts together a combaintion but Valdez catches him in between those shots and puts Tommasone down! Tommasone takes his time and then gets up calmly. Tommasone throws a few more punches but Valdez continues to stalk his prey. Right uppercut lands for Valdez as he steps inside. Another shot from Valdez to the body makes Tommasone momentarily take a knee. Valdez 10-7, 30-18.
Round 5: Valdez attacks both sides of Tommasone’s body early. Hard left hook lands upstairs for Valdez. Jab lands for Valdez. Now Valdez steps in with a left hook to the body followed by a right hand to the head of Tommasone. Another solid left hook to the body lands for Valdez. Now Tommasone’s mouth is bleeding pretty badly. Two more hooks land for Valdez to the body and head. Valdez 10-9.
Round 6: Tommasone blocks a left hook upstairs from Valdez to start the round. Tommasone throws three punches and then a left hand to the body. Both fighters trade right hands before Valdez follows it up with a body attack. Another body shot puts Tommasone back down on the canvas. Tommasone gets up and says he’s ready to go. Right hand from Valdez lands, who then strafes Tommasone to the body with a couple more punches. Double left hook to the body and head lands for Valdez. Now Valdez lands a clean jab as Tommasone throws a jab to the body. Three hooks come from Valdez to end the round. Valdez 10-8, 60-51.
Round 7: Right uppercut from Valdez lands hard on Tommasone’s chin and puts Tommasone’s down in a heap! It’s over in the beginning of the round. Valdez TKO-7.
RICHARD COMMEY vs ISA CHANIEV
Round 1: Commey starts with a jab to the head and body, then tries to stick a few more upstairs. Chaniev responds with a jab of his own before landing a solid left hook to the head and the body. Commey steps in and lands a clean shot that shakes up Chaniev for a second. commey lands a jab. Clean left hook makes Chaniev stumble back! Commey comes forard but can’t land the follow up punch to finish him. Chaniev stands in there and takes another clean shot but fires back one of his one, landing an overhand right. Two more hard shots land for Commey! Left hook lands, then a monster right for Commey! Chaniev goes down hard! Chaniev beats the count and the referee lets it continue. Commey charges hard but trips off balance and falls to the canvas. Commey 10-8.
Round 2: Commey presses forward and a lead left hook puts Chaniev back down! Chaniev gets right back up and wants to continue. Commey comes forward with an assault but Chaniev is able to tie him up. Another right hand lands for Commey, then and a few more punches which forces the referee to step in to stop the fight. Commey TKO-2.