Top Rank announced today it’s reached a multi-year agreement with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) into co-promote WBO light heavyweight world champion Eleider “Storm” Alvarez.
Alvarez knockedout Kovalev at August in the seventh round of a slugfest, which propelled the 34-year-old into the top reaches of the game.
A Colombian amateur star who symbolized his screenplay in the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” Alvarez has spent his pro career based in Montreal, at which he’s turned into a fan favorite.
“I am really proud with the particular agreement. I am thankful to GYM for always believing in me. I am also grateful that high Rank and ESPN exhibit confidence and trust in my ability,”” Alvarez said. “I could ’t even wait to present the planet that I am a terrific champion. ”
“The world discovered Eleider Alvarez past August at Atlantic City, along with his speed, athleticism, strength and endurance. Soon, his personality will probably transcend his WBO name and the planet will probably discover he’s got all it takes to be a great star,” said Michel, GYM president. “We are very delighted to join Leading Rank’s team, Bob Arum and Todd duBoef, at Alvarez’s quest for achievement and fame. ”
“Eleider Alvarez showed he had the heart of a true champion if he came back to knock Sergey Kovalev,” said Leading Rank chairman Bob Arum. &ldquoWe look forward to working with Yvon Michel and his team to create Eleider the biggest and best fights, that starts Feb. 2 with all the Kovalev rematch. ”
Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs) is just a nine-year pro who climbed the rankings steadily, beating former middleweight world champion Edison Miranda in just his 13th pro struggle in 2013. Observing Miranda win, he caught the WBC silver light heavy weight belt on Oct. 25, 2014 via seventh-round TKO. Despite his high world rankings, it would be years before Alvarez challenged for domain honors. He also earned his name shot by fighting, and beating, a number of the light heavy weight branch ’s top contenders.
After that year, Alvarez turned straight back light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal by majority decision, employing a stiff jab to restrain the action.
The Chilemba, Bute, and Pascal successes earned him a shot Kovalev. This August night on the Atlantic City Boardwalk,” Kovalev built an early lead, but Alvarez rallied to score three knockdowns in the climactic seventh around.