Canelo vs Kovalev Fight : the big screen as Canelo Alvarez, moves up a weight class for a record-breaking title bout against champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev — broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
lthough Alvarez has fought at multiple weight divisions, he has never before fought beyond the super-middleweight limit, where he battered Britain’s Rocky Fielding into submission inside three rounds last year.
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.