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Eleider “Storm” Alvarez was Group Yvon Michel (GYM) “first choice in draft” at the Beijing Olympics.
The Colombian, now based in Montreal, was first noticed by recruiters at the Pan American Games in 2007 when he was knocked out. to Cuban Yusiel Napoles for gold.
From that moment, the vice-president of GYM, Bernard Barré, hastened to convince him to choose La Belle Province as his host land.
After a getaway worthy of a James Bond movie, Alvarez and his compatriot, heavyweight Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas, took over the management of the metropolis in order to sign a professional contract with GYM.
With a major league jab, quick reflexes and an obvious punch, the fighter led by coach Marc Ramsay secured a North American title in his seventh pro clash!
He has since won a second North American title, in addition to overpowering veteran Edison "Pantera" Miranda to win by unanimous decision in a battle between powerful Colombian hitters.
During his first outing outside of Quebec since his stint in the paying ranks, "Storm" stormed the Casino de Monte-Carlo, in Monaco, where he defeated the undefeated South African Ryno Liebenberg in the seventh round, to win the WBC Silver title.
On June 12, 2015 in Chicago, in a Premier Boxing Champions series card, Alvarez knocked out Ukrainian Anatoliy Dudchenko in the second assault.
Alvarez faced strong opposition on August 15, 2015 at the Bell Centre, against Paraguayan slugger Isidro Ranoni Prieto. After a real brawl, the adopted Quebecer was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
On November 28, 2015 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec, he took on the world contender Isaac Chilemba of Malawi by decision, in a major playoff duel for the WBC light heavyweight title.
Four consecutive victories, two of which were very significant against stars and former world champions Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, led him to a world championship fight against the great Sergei Kovalev. Three falls to the mat in the seventh round for Kovalev allowed Alvarez to become the new king of the division.
The rematch six months later brought him back to harsh reality where he lost by decision.
The victory over Michael Sears by KO 7th opened the door for him to a clash with the hard hitter Joe Smith Jr in Las Vegas. His poor performance in this fight (TKO9) calls into question the future of his career. To be continued…
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