Friday, 9 December 2011

Eleider Alvarez

At the moment the Colombian boxing scene is on a real high. Not only does the country have a number of top 10 ranked fighters such as Yonnhy Perez, Darley Perez and Jesus Geles but it also has a huge amount of very exciting emerging prospects. In fact Colombia has so many top prospects that it's hard to really pin point one as being the best, however it seems as if Eleider Alvarez, the 27 year old Light Heavyweight, may be one of the ones on a real fast track to the top.

Alvarez was formerly a world level amateur and had won medals at the Pan Am games and the South American games and even appeared in the 2008 Olympics (where he was defeated by Tony Jeffries). A year after the Olympics Alvarez turned professional and blew away the experienced Jesse Sanders inside a round and then ran up 2 more quick wins before the end of 2009 all against experienced fighters.

Sadly after moving his record to 3-0 (2) Alvarez vanished for a year and didn't fight at all in 2010. Any early momentum he had seemed to vanish and the hard core boxing fans who had followed him early on had all but forgotten about him prior to his return in April 2011 when he stopped experienced Mexican Ernesto Zamora in 3 rounds. Just weeks later Alvarez would make up for lost time by defeating David Whittom by 4 round decision and then add the scalp of Michael Walchuk to his record to move to 6-0 (4).

On this coming Saturday Alvarez fights in his first title fight when he faces Emiliano Cayetano for the WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title. This will easily be the toughest fight of Alvarez's short career and a big chance for him to claim a place in the rankings. Also on the card, promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel are highly rated Canadian Middleweight David Lemiux and Alvarez's countryman Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas.

Video thanks to 14caratboxing

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