Canelo vs Kovalev Boxing : Everything you need to know ahead of the Canelo vs. Kovalev on Saturday from Las Vegas, Canelo vs Kovalev Boxing Live, Canelo Alvarez is daring to be great on Saturday night in Las Vegas when he moves up two weight classes to take on WBO light heavyweight With all that introductory nonsense out of the way in the opening episode of 40 Days: Canelo vs Kovalev.
Kovalev, meanwhile, comes into this bout fresh off a win over Anthony Yarde in which he needed to rally late to score an 11th round TKO. The 36-year-old may very well be entering the last fight of his career against one of the sport’s biggest stars after a long career saw him reach the apex in a title bout loss to Andre Ward in 2016 before losing the rematch by TKO. Arguably the biggest accomplishment of the Russian’s career was scoring a unanimous decision over Bernard Hopkins in 2014 to unify two of the four recognized 175-pound belts.
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At 36, Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) regained his WBO light heavyweight strap by scoring a unanimous decision over Eleider Alvarez in their rematch February. He then defended the title with an 11th-round TKO of Anthony Yarde in August.
Will Canelo add a beefy chapter to his growing legend or will Kovalev prove that the Mexican superstar is biting off a bit too much with this intrepid move? Whatever transpires in less than a month’s time, both Canelo and Kovalev are set to be paid handsomely for this title fight. Here’s a breakdown of that purse, including how much each fighter is expected to make.
This will mark the third bout of Canelo’s five-year, 11-fight deal, worth a reported $365 million, that he inked with DAZN last year.That means this fight against Kovalev will pay him eight figures, with Forbes reporting that he’ll pocket at least $35 million per fight for the remainder of the contract, including this bout.Meanwhile, Kovalev is set to earn an eight-figure payday also, as reported by multiple outlets, including the Los Angeles Times.
Canelo didn’t ask for Artur Beterbiev. Or Alexander Gvozdyk, the former WBC champ, before Beterbiev took him out. Or Dimitry Bivol, who has the WBA strap. Canelo didn’t ask for a light heavyweight title so much as he specifically asked for Kovalev. He sees something. Not only does Kovalev remain the biggest name at 175 pounds, but he’s also the most vulnerable of the champions, as his recent win over Anthony Yarde would suggest. He isn’t young, at 36. His résumé includes a couple of knockout losses and years of hard living. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a considerable risk for Canelo. Kovalev has length, size and a big, long, strong as hell jab. But I see Canelo outboxing Kovalev and breaking him down to the body. Canelo by decision, though there’s an outside chance of a late stoppage.
Stepping up to light heavyweight, after operating mostly at middleweight in recent years, is a big task for Canelo, but his speed, variety and quality will ensure that he wins either by decision or by late stoppage. Look for Canelo’s crunching body shots to hurt Kovalev and possibly leave the judges’ redundant. Kovalev has looked vulnerable to the body in recent fights, and Canelo is in hot form.