Canelo vs Kovalev PPV : The face of boxing will move up from middleweight to face WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 2, live on DAZN. If he’s victorious, Alvarez will become a four-division world champion.
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.
Plus, there’s a few more names fight fans might know on this card, including top lightweight Ryan Garcia when he takes on Romero Duno. Garcia recently signed a new deal with Golden Boy Promotions after threatening to leave the company during a contract dispute.
With so much going down ahead of the fight, let’s take a look at everything you need to know before Canelo and Kovalev in the center of the ring in Las Vegas.
At this point, it’s the only question worth asking: Who will win Saturday’s light heavyweight world title bout between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas?
Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs), a middleweight champion, is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Jacobs in May. Kovalev (34-31, 29 KOs) won the WBO light heavyweight world title with a unanimous decision win over Eleider Alvarez in February. Kovalev defended the belt once, with an 11th-round TKO over Anthony Yarde in August.It’s an exciting and historic kind of match, and I expect a good fight. Even though Canelo is moving up two divisions to challenge Kovalev, given where each man is in his career, it’s hard to pick against the younger, much fresher Canelo, who hand-picked Kovalev to fight and continues to improve in my view. The Kovalev of a few years ago probably beats Canelo handily. Now, the tide has turned. I like Canelo to wear Kovalev down and stop him late.I pick Canelo to win late, in a ninth-round stoppage, after he softens Kovalev with body punches. Canelo will play it safe early, and he will look for sharp counterpunches. Once Canelo realizes Kovalev is not physically stronger inside the pocket, he will design an ambush plan to finish Kovalev.