The fight, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, ended with Alvarez's victory by knockout in the 11th round.
For 36-year-old Kovalev, this is the fourth loss of his career; he has had 34 wins (29 by knockout) and one draw. The 29-year-old Alvarez has 53 wins (36 by KO), one defeat and two draws.
The Mexican boxer became the world champion in the fourth weight category. Alvarez has won the WBA (Super) and WBC middleweight titles, the WBA regular middleweight title and the WBO light heavyweight title.
Alvarez will take home the $35 million prize for this fight, while Kovalev will get three million.
Social media users had different reactions to Alvarez’s victory.
That was a great statement made by Canelo Alvarez right there with this KO win over Kovalev. Canelo seems to struggle with the reach of Kovalev only to save the best for the last. Sweet KO victory from the Mexican. I love boxing 🥊 #canelovskovalev pic.twitter.com/no1E0S8jKw— Owusu Bempah Ayala (@akwasice) November 3, 2019
That clearly was the only way for Canelo Alvarez to win this bout with how the other rounds had gone. Brutal Knockout, those two hooks did the damage to Kovalev. #canelovskovalev— BENGARZI TV on Youtube (@BENGHARZI) November 3, 2019
And just like that a left hook/right hand put Kovalev down! Kovalev badly hurt and the ref correctly calls a halt to the contest. Canelo Alvarez KO's Sergey Kovalev in 11 rounds to win the WBO Lt. Heavyweight title. Sudden explosive power from Canelo folks! #Boxing #CaneloKovalev— Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report (@p4pboxingreport) November 3, 2019