Middleweight king and Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (51-1-2, 35KOs) will be moving up two weight classes to take on the one time light heavyweight Boogeyman, the man known as Krusher, Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29KOs). The WBO light heavyweight title will be on the line when these two face off on November 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be presented live via DAZN.
This is a big fight for both. Kovalev has a chance to dethrone a king in the boxing world. Canelo’s only loss came by way of a decision loss to undefeated superstar Floyd Maywheather. Since that loss Canelo has been improving more every fight. He has acquired a multi-faceted skillset which includes great upperbody movement and footwork which makes him a very hard target to hit. Canelo also will make you miss then make you pay with slick counters and creative combination punching. Canelo is a veteran in the ring since turning pro at the age of 16, he has shared the ring with the likes of Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Alfredo Angulo, James Kirkland, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, GGG and Daniel Jacobs. He has fought many styles and always finds a way to come out on top. But can he move up two weight classes and take on the bomb fisted natural light heavyweight and come out with his hand raised?
Kovalev has two controversial losses to Andre Ward. Kovalev is a dangerous fighter with power in both hands. Since changing trainers we saw that his endurance and footwork has gotten better. Kovalev is coming off a TKO victory over British prospect Anthony Yarde in August of this year. So he has very little time to rest before jumping back into training camp to take on Canelo. Kovalev and his trainer Buddy McGirt feel that although that gives them very little time to transition right back into camp they will be ready come Novemeber 2nd. Kovalev is the naturally bigger fighter with a longer reach. He will have the power advantage in this fight. Kovalev’s power proved to be too much for one opponent in Russia early on in his career has that opponent had succumbed to the injuries he faced while fighting Kovalev.
Will it be a test of brain over brawn? Skill over brute strength? Will Canelo’s skills carry him to victory or will the Krusher get his target in his cross-hairs and pull the trigger? Tune in on Novemeber 2nd and don’t miss out!