Boxing’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez steps up to light-heavyweight class to face Sergey Kovalev for the WBO title. The fight will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday 2nd November 2019.
The Mexican born fighter is looking to become a four-weight world champion after winning titles at light middleweight, middleweight, and super middleweight.
The Russian 34-year-old boxer last defence of the WBO light-heavyweight title was against British boxer Anthony Yarde by eleventh round TKO.
This year could’ve been the year for a trilogy with Gennadiy Golovkin, but Canelo (52-1-2, 35 KOs) seems uninterested in that matchup. He has pursued about with Kovalev throughout the summer and Golden Boy Promotions was finally able to deliver. For the Mexican superstar, he’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs, which briefly unified two of the four major titles at middleweight, only for Alvarez to be stripped of his IBF belt for not fighting mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He wasn’t “ducking” Sergiy, rather he had his eyes on bigger names, and Derevyanchenko didn’t fit the bill.
At this time last year, Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) had been dethroned as WBO champion in a shocking KO loss to Eleider Alvarez. He avenged that defeat this past February in a clear-cut decision. Against mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde, Kovalev was in serious trouble and nearly knocked out by the Englishman thanks to a barrage of body shots, which opened up those power punches upstairs. Kovalev survived the onslaught, Yarde faded, and for the most part, Sergey had soundly outboxed him, ultimately knocking him out with a jab. It’s early days, but his relationship with new trainer Buddy McGirt appears to be paying off, and now he stands to make a career-high payday.
Alvarez has built a large part of his reputation upon the idea of willingly taking on difficult challenges that his level of star power would provide him the opportunity to avoid. But there’s a difference between seeking out fights against shifty, defensive specialists like Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara compared to the challenge Alvarez has accepted on Saturday.