Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will be taking a big risk when he attempts to become a four-weight world champion when he takes on WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on November 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Kovalev is back in the mega-fight mix after some believing that he was officially done after suffering back to back defeats to Andre Ward in 2016 and 2017.
Since then, Kovalev has won four out of his last five fights.
Kovalev was knocked out in seven rounds by Eleider Alvarez last August, but the Russian boxer got revenge in February.
Then last month, Kovalev had to fight through some tough moments to score a knockout of undefeated mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde in Russia.
According to Kovalev, he doesn’t view either fight with Ward as a legit loss.
He believes Ward was gifted a decision in the first meeting, and he claims the retired Olympic gold medal winner used illegal low blows to secure a stoppage victory in the rematch.
“I already have experience at this level and am much smarter,” Kovalev said to the Washington Post. “I think this fight is going to be more interesting than my previous fights.
“Canelo is a real fighter. I like fighting real fighters. Not a guy like Ward. It’s a big fight for me, the biggest I’ve had. Canelo is one of the best pound-for-pound and I’m the best in the light heavyweight division right now. It will be a very good fight.”
Canelo is the younger, faster and fresher fighter, but he’s also the much smaller fighter. Canelo, who holds titles at the middleweight limit of 160-pounds, will be moving up by two full weight divisions. And Kovalev is a big light heavyweight.
Canelo has never fought beyond the super middleweight limit of 168, when he moved up last December to blow away the overmatched Rocky Fielding in three rounds. But that fight was viewed as a mismatch, with Fielding previously being knocked out in a single round by Callum Smith.