With the recent resurgence of boxing, it’s time to meet the new faces that will carry the sport into a new era.
One of those fighters to look out for is Eleider "Storm" Alvarez. His impressive record stands at 23-0 with 11 knockouts in just seven years as a professional boxer. Alvarez fights in the light-heavyweight division, which he has dominated in recent years.
In February, Alvarez scored a knockout victory against Lucian Bute but last Saturday, Alvarez won a majority decision against perhaps Canada’s best modern fighter, Jean Pascal, to set up a title shot against longtime WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.
Born Eleyder Alvarez Baytar in Apartado, Colombia on April 8, 1984, Alvarez took a liking to boxing from an early age. As an amateur, he racked up many titles for Colombia, including becoming the 2006 champion of the South American games held in Buenos Aires.
His biggest accomplishment at the amateur level would come in 2007 when he won the gold medal at the Pan American Games held in Rio De Janeiro in the Light Heavyweight division.
In 2009, he moved to Montreal, Canada to become a professional fighter. He is currently one of the top prospects of the Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) stable that includes Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and the up and coming Artur Beterbiev.
At the moment, Alvarez is the WBC Silver Light-Heavyweight Champion and the number one contender ro face the current WBC Light-Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson.