Eleider Álvarez

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Eleider Álvarez
Statistics
Real name Eléyder Álvarez Baytar
Nickname(s) Storm
Weight(s) Light-heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 75 12 in (192 cm)
Nationality Colombian
Born (1984-04-08) April 8, 1984 (age 34)
Apartadó, Colombia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 23
Wins by KO 11
Losses 0

Eléyder Álvarez Baytar (born April 8, 1984), best known as Eleider Álvarez, is a Colombian professional boxer who has held the WBC Silver light-heavyweight title since 2014. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in the light-heavyweight division.

Amateur career[edit]

Álvarez won the 2006 South America Games against Hamilton Ventura.[1]

At the PanAms 2007 he beat southpaw Julio Castillo 10:8 and upset Cuban favorite Yusiel Napoles in the final by KO in round 3. He was trailing 4:6.[2]

At the 2007 World Championships he lost to African champion Ramadan Yasser.

At the first Olympic qualifying tournament for the Americas in Trinidad he was beaten by 18-year-old Cuban Julio César la Cruz 0:8. At the second Olympic qualifying tournament for the Americas in Guatemala he squeaked by the same opponent with an 8:8 countback win, then beat old foe Julio Castillo 4:0 and Azea Austinama to win his Olympic ticket. In the final he also defeated fellow qualifier Julius Jackson.[3]

At the 2008 Pan American Championships[4] in Ecuador he won gold.

Based on his qualifying results he was given a first round bye in the 2008 Olympics, but after a 5-5 tie at the end of his second round bout with Britain's Tony Jeffries (eventual bronze medalist), Alvarez lost on countback.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Álvarez vs. Pascal[edit]

On April 15, 2017, it was announced that Álvarez would defend the WBC Silver light heavyweight title against Haitian Jean Pascal on the undercard of Adonis Stevenson's world title defense against Fonfara at the Centre Bell in Montreal, Canada on June 3, 2017. Álvarez was due to fight Stevenson next for the WBC world title, but took money to step aside.[5][6] The event was scheduled to be shown live on Showtime and was confirmed on April 21.[7] Álvarez outboxed Pascal, winning a majority decision after 12 rounds. One judge scored the fight 114-114, whilst the other two scored it 117-111 and 116-112 in favour of Álvarez. Pascal suffered his third defeat in five fights. Álvarez controlled the fight with his superior jab, accuracy and general ring work. Pascal felt he had done enough to get the win and wanted a rematch with Álvarez.[8][9]

Issues with WBC[edit]

After Badou Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) defeated Nathan Cleverly in August 2017, to win the WBA 'Regular' light heavyweight title, he began to call out WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, knowing that Stevenson had a mandatory challenger. Stevenson shrugged it off, claiming he was ready for anyone.[10] On September 8, 2017 mutual promoter Yvon Michel disclosed that there was serious ongoing negotiations between Stevenson and Álvarez to fight before the end on 2017. He revealed the fight would take place in Quebec.[11] In September, Michel said that he had a difficult time finalizing a date and venue for the fight, which meant the fight could get pushed to the end of January 2018. He also responded to claims of Jack wanting to fight Stevenson, saying it would only be possible if it were a unification.[12] Michel confirmed the fight would take place on Showtime in January 2018. Michel spoke to Showtime about not going head to head locally with David Lemieux's next fight, which would take place on December 16 on HBO.[13] On November 8, there was rumours stating that Stevenson would once again pay Álvarez a step-aside fee, in order to fight Badou Jack. Álvarez spoke to TVA Sports saying, "I do not think I'm going to fight Stevenson. I do expect to receive that (step-aside offer), and then I will analyze it with my team."[14] On December 1, it was reported that GYM had offered Álvarez a step-aside deal which would give him 'a multi-fight agreement with six-figure guarantee per fight', with Stevenson being part of deal as well.[15] On December 6, the WBC announced that they would investigate into Stevenson's title reign and lack of mandatories.[16] A week later, the WBC stated they would allow Stevenson to avoid Álvarez once again in order to fight Jack. The WBC went on to state they would order Álvarez to fight Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) for the interim title.[17] Álvarez withdrew from the fight before the purse bid was scheduled on January 12.[18] On April 11, news broke out from Álvarez’s manager, Stephane Lepine that a deal was yet to be reached with Álvarez to be properly compensated. Yvon Michel admitted he was working on a deal to keep Álvarez happy and this was the same reason as to why tickets had not yet gone on sale for the Stevenson-Jack fight, which was a month away.[19]

Álvarez vs. Kovalev[edit]

On April 18, 2018 it was announced that a deal had been reached for Álvarez to challenge Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) for the his WBO light heavyweight title on HBO. Kovalev was originally scheduled to fight contender Marcus Browne in the summer of 2018, however due to having been arrested for domestic violence, Kovalev's promoter, Kathy Duva of Main Events got in contact with Álvarez's manager Lepine about a potential fight. Due to Álvarez fighting Kovalev, this meant the announcement of Stevenson vs. Jack would be imminent.[20][21]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
23 fights 23 wins 0 losses
By knockout 11 0
By decision 12 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Win 23–0 Canada Jean Pascal MD 12 Jun 3, 2017 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
22 Win 22–0 Romania Lucian Bute TKO 5 (12), 2:22 Feb 24, 2017 Canada Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 Poland Norbert Dąbrowski UD 10 Dec 10, 2016 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
20 Win 20–0 New Zealand Robert Berridge UD 10 Jul 29, 2016 Canada Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
19 Win 19–0 Malawi Isaac Chilemba MD 12 Nov 28, 2015 Canada Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Paraguay Isidro Ranoni Prieto UD 12 Aug 15, 2015 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Ukraine Anatoliy Dudchenko TKO 2 (10), 1:05 Jun 12, 2015 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 South Africa Ryno Liebenberg TKO 7 (12), 1:52 Oct 25, 2014 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Won WBC Silver light-heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Alexander Johnson UD 10 May 24, 2014 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Win 14–0 Canada Andrew Gardiner UD 10 Jan 18, 2014 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13 Win 13–0 Colombia Edison Miranda UD 10 Sep 28, 2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
12 Win 12–0 Canada Nicholson Poulard TKO 3 (12), 2:08 Mar 22, 2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBO–NABO light-heavyweight title;
Won WBANABA light-heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 United Kingdom Danny McIntosh KO 8 (10), 2:02 Dec 14, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBO–NABO light-heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Hungary Daniel Regi TKO 2 (8), 2:20 Oct 12, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
9 Win 9–0 United States Shawn Hawk UD 12 Jun 8, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBO–NABO light-heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 United States Rayco Saunders UD 8 Apr 20, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Win 7–0 Dominican Republic Emiliano Cayetano KO 1 (12), 2:33 Dec 10, 2011 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBONABO light-heavyweight title
6 Win 6–0 Canada Michael Walchuk RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Oct 20, 2011 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5 Win 5–0 Canada David Whittom UD 4 May 21, 2011 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Ernesto Zamora TKO 3 (4), 1:38 Apr 8, 2011 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Alvaro Enriquez UD 4 Nov 7, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 Win 2–0 Canada Willard Lewis TKO 2 (4), 1:40 Oct 3, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 United States Jesse Sanders KO 1 (4), 2:03 Aug 28, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Americans 2006
  2. ^ PanAm 2007 results
  3. ^ Olympic qualifier
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Eleider Alvarez vs. Jean Pascal Eyed For Stevenson-Fonfara - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Stevenson-Fonfara, Alvarez-Pascal To Land at Bell Centre - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Photos: Stevenson-Fonfara, Alvarez-Pascal - Face To Face at Presser - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Eleider Alvarez Decisions Jean Pascal To Retain Mandatory Spot - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Eleider Alvarez impresses in decision victory over Jean Pascal - The Ring". The Ring. 2017-06-03. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  10. ^ "Adonis Stevenson To Badou Jack: You Called Me Out - I'm Ready! - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Adonis Stevenson vs. Eleider Alvarez in Serious Negotiations - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Adonis Stevenson vs. Eleider Alvarez May Get Pushed To 2018 - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  13. ^ "Adonis Stevenson vs. Eleider Alvarez Confirmed For 2018 - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Alvarez Furious With WBC, Doubts Adonis Stevenson Bout Happens - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  15. ^ "Alvarez To Sign Step-Aside, Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack Next?". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  16. ^ "WBC Investigating Adonis Stevenson and Lack of Mandatories". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  17. ^ "WBC allows Stevenson step-aside, orders Alvarez vs. Gvozdyk". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  18. ^ "Eleider Alvarez Withdraws From Oleksandr Gvozdyk Purse Bid". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-01-13. 
  19. ^ "Eleider Alvarez Situation Holding Up Stevenson-Jack Promotion". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  20. ^ "Kovalev To Fight Eleider Alvarez, Not Browne; Date, Venue TBA". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 
  21. ^ "Sergey Kovalev's Promoter Details The Eleider Alvarez Deal". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2018-04-19. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Andrzej Fonfara
WBONABO light-heavyweight champion
December 10, 2011 – January 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Thomas Williams Jr.
Preceded by
Nicholson Poulard
WBANABA light-heavyweight champion
March 22, 2013 – May 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Artur Beterbiev
Preceded by
Ryno Liebenberg
WBC Silver light-heavyweight champion
October 25, 2014 – present
Incumbent