Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is very aware of the risk involved, as he moves up in weight by two full divisions to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.
The contest is scheduled to take place on November 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Canelo currently competes at the middleweight limit of 160-pounds, where the boxer has captured three world titles.
Canelo fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds in May of 2017, and won a twelve round unanimous decision. He also moved up to the full super middleweight limit of 168 back in December of last year, and stopped overmatched Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture the WBA “regular” super middleweight title.
Kovalev is a big light heavyweight, but he’s lost three of his last seven fights – and two of them by stoppage.
In his last two outings, he dominated Eleider Alvarez in their February rematch. And last month in Russia, Kovalev was rocked badly during the fight but he managed to regroup and rallied hard to stop undefeated Anthony Yarde.
Despite his advanced age, Kovalev is a big puncher and has several physical advantages over Canelo.
“It’s a risk for me because naturally he’s heavier than me, he’s stronger than me, bigger – but my skills and strength will have me ready for this… that’s why we’re here trying to change everything and make history in boxing.. that is the only thing I want,” Canelo told ESPN Deportes.
“I want the story [of my career] to be well written. [Kovalev] is one of the most complicated fights in my career, if not the most complicated, but we are ready to take on this great commitment.”