Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

Eleider Álvarez

25 Wins

1 Losses

0 Draws

13 KOs


Age: 36 Date of Birth: April 8, 1984
Height: 6'0" Birth Place: Puerto Giron, Colombia
Reach: 75.5" Stance: orthodox

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Eleider "Storm" Álvarez


Biography

At the age of 34, Eleider is a nine-year pro. The WBO light heavyweight world champion, he was an amateur standout before his debut who represented his native Colombia at the 2008 Olympic Games.

He has been promoted for his entire career by Montreal-based Groupe Yvon Michel, and recently signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank.

Eleider was the WBC’s No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger at light heavyweight since November, 2015, when he won a WBC final eliminator, but never had an opportunity to fight for the WBC title.

He finally got a chance to fight for a world title in his last fight on August 4 in Atlantic City, and made the most of it – Eleider won the WBO light heavyweight title with an upset seventh-round knockout against defending champion Sergey Kovalev.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: A “Storm” came ashore and laid waste to Sergey Kovalev.

Trailing on all three scorecards, Eleider “Storm” Alvarez, not known for his punching power, went wild on Kovalev in the seventh round, knocking him down three times and stopping him to take his light heavyweight world title before a sold-out crowd of 5,642 at the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Kovalev was in control of the fight through six rounds and leading 59-55, 59-55 and 58-56. But everything changed dramatically in the seventh round, when Alvarez badly hurt and dropped Kovalev with a clean right hand to the head.

Kovalev got up quickly, but he was unsteady, and Alvarez rocked him with a jab and an uppercut. Moments later, Alvarez unleashed a combination, Kovalev hit the deck again, and the fight appeared over.

Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) made it to his feet, but he was out of it. When Alvarez blasted him with another left-right combination, he went down again, and [the] referee immediately waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

The fight got off to a slow start, with each man probing for an opening. Kovalev tried to land his powerful right hand, and Alvarez worked off the jab. Kovalev continued to stalk the quicker Alvarez, who moved quite a bit side to side to stay out of Kovalev’s power range. But Kovalev did slip in a solid left hand to the head followed by a left to the body.

Kovalev had a big fourth round, landing several powerful combinations and hard jabs that rattled Alvarez and slowed him. While Alvarez was taking punches, he was also animated and talking to Kovalev during the round. Kovalev continued to press the action, and Alvarez emerged from the sixth round with a cut under his left eye that was apparently caused by an accidental head-butt.

Then Alvarez landed the big right hand in the seventh round that was the beginning of the end. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Eleider said through an interpreter, “Words cannot describe how I feel. I want to thank God and all my fans in Canada and Colombia – this was all for them. It was a two-punch combination that I have been throwing my whole career, and we worked on it in camp. I have always practiced that in camp, and we thought it would work in this camp.

“As fight went on, I wanted to show that I could stay strong and do good things. His punches were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight.”

In an earlier interview, Eleider said, “My style is a classic boxer. Whenever I have to be aggressive, I am aggressive. When it’s time to move, I move. It all depends on the battle as it presents itself. I believe I have a lot of qualities as a boxer – I’m strong, and I hit pretty hard, too.”

In an earlier interview, trainer Marc Ramsay said, “I’ve been Alvarez’ trainer for his whole professional career. He is a very, very, very disciplined kid who has all his focus on boxing. When he’s in Canada, he doesn’t socialize that much. He’s very focused on what he’s doing. As an example of that, every purse that he receives, he sends back home. He’s here on a mission – to make a living for his family.

“He’s very easy to work with. Every little detail, he will work on it and work on it, and you see the improvement from fight to fight.

“He’s always, always, always in the gym. He’s a boxer-puncher. When you compete and have good rhythm, as he had as an amateur fighter, it’s because you have a lot of ability. But he’s also a very good puncher – he was known all around the world as a good puncher. He won the Pan American games and knocked the Cuban out in the finals – even with the big gloves and headgear, he was able to knock people out.

“When you look at him in the ring, you can find a little Trinidad in him.

“Eleider was drafted by the Colombian national team very young, and he never quit the national team until after the Olympics in 2008.

“Before the Olympics, he went to Chicago to the World Championships. I went over there with somebody from the company to get some good boxers and we put our eyes on him. We signed Eleider after the Olympics.”

Regarding his nickname, Eleider said, “My trainer, Marc Ramsay, met me at the 2007 World Games in Chicago. The first round I fought, I lost 8 to 1. When they told me that I lost that round 8 to 1, I went out there to kill – I gave it everything I had, I threw a fury of punches! Marc Ramsay saw that fight and he told me that I looked like a storm throwing punches, and that’s where I got the nickname.” [note: Eleider came back to win a 25-18 decision in the fight]

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Eleider said through an interpreter, “I was born in Puerto Girón, a little suburb of Apartado, and grew up in Turbo, Antioquia. I have two sisters. My father is disabled – they operated on his lower back, on his spinal cord. My mother passed away in 1999 when I was 14 years old. I’ve got a lot of cousins, but I’m the only boxer in my family.

“I started boxing at 10 years old, but I only trained for a year. I started boxing again at 14 after my mom passed away. The reason I started again is because the loss of my mom was devastating to me. I wanted to embrace her and honor her, and she always wanted me to box.

“I had about 150 amateur fights. I only lost about 16. I was on the Colombian national team for about five years. Some of my teammates were Darleys Perez, Jonathan Romero, and Oscar Rivas – those are the ones that turned pro. We all lived in a training camp at a hotel when we were on the team.

“I speak Spanish and French, and just a little bit of English.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 COLOMBIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Buenaventura, Colombia, 178 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) on 11-26-08 he won a 5-1 decision against Roamer Angulo; in the finals on 11-28-08 he won a 13-0 decision against José Luis Ramos

2008 OLYMPICS – Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 178 pounds: in his first fight on 8-14-08 he had a 5-5 draw, but lost the tiebreaker against Tony Jeffries of Great Britain…

2008 BATALLA DE CARABOBO – Valencia, Venezuela, 178 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-21-08 he stopped Simon Blanco of Venezuela in the 1st round; in the semifinals on 6-23-08 he defeated Jeison Monroy of Colombia (no result reported); in the finals on 6-24-08 he won a 15-10 decision against Yordanis Despaigne of Cuba…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Guatemala City, Guatemala, 178 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 4-25-08 he had an 8-8 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Julio Cesar de la Cruz of Cuba; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-08 he won a 4-0 decision against Julio Castillo of Ecuador; in the semifinals on 4-29-08 he won an 8-3 decision against Azea Augustama of Haiti; in the finals on 4-30-08 he won a 5-0 decision against Julius Jackson of the Virgin Islands…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 178 pounds: in his first fight on 3-13-08 he lost a 9-0 decision against Julio Cesar de la Cruz of Cuba…

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 178 pounds: in his first fight on 10-28-07 he won a 25-18 decision against Mehdi Ghorbani of Iran; in his second fight on 10-31-07 he was stopped against Ramadan Yasser Abdelghaffer of Egypt in the 4th round…

2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 178 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-22-07 he won a 13-4 decision against Waulfredo Rivero of Venezuela; in the semifinals on 7-24-07 he won a 10-8 decision against Julio Castillo of Ecuador; in the finals on 7-27-07 he stopped Yusiel Napoles of Cuba in the 3rd round…

2007 GIRALDO CORDOVA CARDIN MEMORIAL – Santa Clara, Cuba, 178 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) on 5-27-07 he was stopped against Yuniel Dorticos of Cuba in the 3rd round…

2007 BOLIVARIAN ALTERNATIVE GAMES – San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela, 178 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 5-4-07 he won a 15-6 decision against Alcivar Ayovi of Ecuador; in the semifinals on 5-7-07 he won a 16-14 decision against Ronald González of Venezuela; in the finals on 5-9-07 he lost by walkover against Luis González of Venezuela…

2007 PAN AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFIER – Barquismeto, Venezuela, 178 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 2-5-07 he stopped Shawn Terry Cox of Barbados in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 2-6-07 he won a 19-17 decision against Wualfredo Rivero of Venezuela; in the finals on 2-8-07 he lost a 17-11 decision against Yusiel Napoles of Cuba…

2006 CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES – Cartagena, Colombia, 178 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-22-06 he lost a 13-9 decision against Yusiel Napoles of Cuba…

2005 BATALLA DE CARABOBO – Valencia, Venezuela, 178 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-20-05 he won a 12-8 decision against Argenis Núñez of Dominican Republic; in the semifinals on 6-22-05 he lost a 16-7 decision against Wualfredo Rivero of Venezuela…

2002 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 147 pounds: in his first fight on 9-15-02 he lost a 15-4 decision against Nikolajs Grisunins of Latvia…

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…is experienced against very good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 24 fights…161 total rounds…7 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.7 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 50 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (4-0)…10 rounds – 5 (5-0)…

Titles

  • World championship fights: 1-0, 1 KO…
  • Former WBC Silver light heavyweight champion, 3 successful defenses…
  • Former NABO light heavyweight champion, 3 successful defenses…
  • 2008 Olympic Games (amateur), representative for Colombia – 178 pounds…
  • 2008 Colombian National Championships (amateur), 178 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2008 Batalla de Carabobo (amateur), 178 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2008 American Olympic Qualifier (amateur), 178 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2018

WON WBOLH WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 8-4-18 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by knockout (7th round) against defending champion Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1): the bout headlined at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and drew a capacity crowd of 5,642; Kovalev built an early lead on the scorecards; he pressed forward and out-worked Eleider, who was cut under his left eye by a clash of heads in the 6th round and after six rounds, Kovalev led by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 58-56; but Eleider scored three devastating knockdowns in the 7th round – the first with a right hand, the second and third with left-right combinations – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:45…

2017

4TH WBC SILVER LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-3-17 in Montréal, QUE, he won a 12 round majority decision against 34-year-old former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (31-4-1): the bout headlined at the Bell Centre, and Eleider dominated most of the fight; he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Pascal, and landed the harder punches; scored 117-111, 116-112, 114-114…

3RD WBC SILVER LH TITLE DEFENSE, WBC LH WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR – on 2-24-17 in Québec City, QUE, he won by TKO (5th round) against 36-year-old left-handed former IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute (32-4): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Centre Videotron and drew a crowd of 7,842; both fighters were cut by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, Bute on the bridge of his nose and Eleider at his hairline; the early rounds were close – Bute kept Eleider off-balance with movement, out-boxed him, and scored with sharp combinations; but Eleider scored a knockdown with two right hands in the 5th round, and Bute was counted out at 2:22; after four rounds, the fight was scored 39-37, 39-37 Bute, 38-38…

2016

on 12-10-16 in Montréal he won a 10 round unanimous decision against left-handed Norbert Dabrowski (19-5-1): the bout headlined at at Casino Montréal; Dabrowski gave a determined effort and had a few rallies, but Eleider dominated most of the fight – he consistently out-boxed Dabrowski, outworked him, and landed the sharper punches; scored 98-92, 99-91, 97-93…

On 7-19-16 in Québec City he won a 10 round unanimous decision against left-handed late substitute Robert Berridge (27-4-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Adonis Stevenson vs. Thomas Williams Jr. main event, and Eleider dominated the fight; he out-boxed and out-worked Berridge, rocked him several times, and bloodied his mouth in the 9th round; scored 98-92, 98-92, 99-90…

2015

2ND WBC SILVER LH TITLE DEFENSE, WBC LH WORLD TITLE FINAL ELIMINATOR – on 11-28-15 in Québec City he won a 12 round majority decision against Isaac Chilemba (24-2-2): the bout was one of the co-features with the James DeGale vs. Lucian Bute main event, and it was a very close fight; it was also a matchup of two counterpunchers – the action was sporadic, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Eleider started fast, pressed forward, and out-worked Chilemba in the early rounds – he swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, won the 2nd on two scorecards, then swept the 3rd round and won the 4th on two scorecards; Chilemba rallied and won the 5th round on two scorecards, but Eleider won the 6th on two scorecards and after six rounds, the fight was scored 59-55, 58-56 Alvarez, 57-57; Chilemba swept the 7th round, but Eleider came back and swept the 8th, then won the 9th on two scorecards; Chilemba rallied and won the 10th and 11th rounds on two scorecards, but Eleider won the 12th on two scorecards; scored 115-113, 118-110, 114-114…

1ST WBC SILVER LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 8-15-15 in Montréal, QUE, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3): the bout was co-featured with the Lucian Bute vs. Andrea DiLuisa main event; Eleider generally out-boxed and out-worked Prieto, but Prieto constantly pressed forward and had several rallies – he rocked Eleider in the 1st and 6th rounds, then rocked him again in the 7th and 9th, and Eleider was cut over his right eye in the 11th round; scored 117-111 on all three scorecards…

On 6-12-15 in Chicago, IL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against 36-year-old Anatoliy Dudchenko (19-3): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Erislandy Lara vs. Delvin Rodriguez main event, and Eleider quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook-right hand combination in the 2nd round – Dudchenko got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:05…

2014

WON WBC SILVER LH TITLE – on 10-25-14 in Monte Carlo, MON, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated defending champion Ryno Liebenberg (16-0): the scheduled 12-rounder was on the undercard of the Martin Murray vs. Domenico Spada main event; the early rounds were close; Liebenberg pressed forward, Eleider boxed and moved, and Liebenberg was cut beside his nose in the 3rd round – after four rounds the fight was scored 39-37 39-37 Alvarez, 38-38; Eleider was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 6th round, and Leibenberg was penalized one point, according to WBC rules, for being the uncut fighter, then Eleider scored a knockdown with a right uppercut later in the round; Leibenberg’s cuts worsened in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight on the injuries at 1:52…

On 5-24-14 in Montréal he won a 10 round unanimous decision against left-handed Alexander Johnson (15-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara main event; Johnson fought tentatively and it was a slow-paced fight; Eleider generally out-boxed and out-worked him, and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 5th round; scored 97-92 on all three scorecards…

On 1-18-14 in Montréal he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated late substitute Andrew Gardiner (10-0): the bout was co-featured with the Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute main event, and Gardiner took the fight on two weeks’ notice; Eleider built an early lead, but Gardiner rallied in the middle rounds; the late rounds were slow-paced, and the crowd booed Eleider’s showboating in the 10th round; scored 97-93, 96-93, 99-91…

2013

on 9-28-13 in Montréal he won a 10 round unanimous decision against fellow-Colombia native Edison Miranda (35-8): the bout was one of the co-features with the Adonis Stevenson vs. Tavoris Cloud main event, and it was a good fight; Eleider generally out-boxed and out-worked Miranda in the early rounds, but Miranda rallied in the middle rounds and rocked Eleider with several right hands; Eleider rallied in the late rounds – he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 8th round and finished the fight strongly; scored 97-92, 99-90, 95-94…

3RD NABO LH TITLE DEFENSE, WON NABA LH TITLE – on 3-22-13 in Montréal he won by TKO (3rd round) against 35-year-old Nicholson Poulard (19-3): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Adonis Stevenson vs. Darnell Boone II main event; Eleider dominated the fight and quickly overpowered him; he out-worked Poulard, the older half-brother of former WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal, and landed the harder punches; Eleider scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round – Poulard got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:08…

2012

2ND NABO LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 12-14-12 in Montréal he won by knockout (8th round) against Danny McIntosh (13-3): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Jean Pascal vs. Aleksy Kuziemski main event, and Eleider dominated the fight; he out-worked McIntosh, rocked him repeatedly, and steadily wore him down; Eleider was cut over his right eye, but scored two knockdowns in the 8th round – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand – and McIntosh was counted out at 2:02…

On 10-12-12 in Montréal he won by TKO (2nd round) against Daniel Regi (15-6): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson vs. Don George main event, and Eleider quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:20…

1ST NABO LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-8-12 in Montréal he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Shawn Hawk (23-1-1): the bout was on the undercard of the David Lemieux vs. Jaudiel Zepeda main event, and Eleider dominated the fight; he consistently out-worked Hawk and landed the harder punches; scored 119-108, 119-108, 118-109…

On 4-20-12 in Montréal he won an 8 round unanimous decision against 37-year-old Rayco Saunders (22-15-2): the bout was co-featured with the Adonis Stevenson vs. Noe Gonzalez main event, and Eleider dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Saunders, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards…

2011

WON VACANT NABO LH TITLE – on 12-10-11 in Montréal he won by knockout (1st round) against Emilio Cayetano (21-3): the scheduled 12-rounder was on the undercard of the Joachim Alcine vs. David Lemieux main event; Eleider scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, all with right hands, and Cayetano was counted out at 2:33…

On 10-20-11 in Montréal he won by TKO (6th round) against Michael Walchuk (9-4): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured at the Bell Centre, and Eleider dominated; he staggered Walchuk with a right hand in the 1st round, and Walchuk fought very defensively after that; Eleider scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 5th, then rocked Walchuk repeatedly in the 6th round, and Walchuk did not continue after the round…

On 5-21-11 in Montréal he won a 4 round unanimous decision against David Whittom (11-14-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal II main event, and Eleider dominated the fight; he consistently out-worked Whittom and landed the harder punches, and Whitton clinched repeatedly; scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 4-8-11 in Montréal he won by TKO (3rd round) against Ernesto Zamora (18-21-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Marco Antonio Rubio vs. David Lemieux main event; Eleider scored three knockdowns in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:38…

2009

On 11-7-09 in Montréal he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Alfaro Enriques (9-7-2): the bout was on the undercard at Casino Montréal; Eleider dominated the fight and scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, and Enriques fought very defensively; scored 40-35, 40-36, 40-34…

On 10-3-09 in Montréal he won by TKO (2nd round) against Willard Lewis (17-21-3): the bout was on the undercard at Casino Montréal; Eleider scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and stopped Lewis at at 1:40 of the 2nd

He debuted at the age of 25 on 8-28-09 in Montréal and won by knockout (1st round) against Jesse Sanders (14-6-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Joachim Alcine vs. Eric Mitchell main event; Eleider scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and Sanders was counted out at 2:03…

Eleider Álvarez Q&A

When did you start boxing?

10 years old

What is your first memory in the sport?

when I became a world champion and also when I win pan American game as an amateur.

Which fighters do you pattern yourself after?

Antonio Cervantes

Who are your favorite current or recent pro fighters?

Floyd MayweatherJr

Do you have a hidden talent?

No

Who are your favorite pro sports teams and non-boxing athletes?

soccer Team America Cali

What languages are you fluent in?

SPanish , French and a little bit English

What’s your favorite movie?

Friday

What’s your favorite TV show? Sabado Felife ( Colombia Show )

Sabado Felife ( Colombia Show )

Do you have a favorite quote?

No

What artists are most heavily featured on your playlist in camp?

Vilma yudis ( My Sister)

Do you have any superstitions or pre-fight rituals?

No

Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

Retire from boxing taking care of my kids.

If I wasn’t a professional boxer, I would be..

I will have my radio Show

What or who is the biggest motivation in your life?

My family

Walkout song : la oracion  (el boy c)

la oracion  (el boy c)