Canelo Ready To Jump Up Weight Classes To Take on Kovalev
Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev are clinching a deal for a November 2nd bout with Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight title on the line, according to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic. The bout has Canelo jumping up around 15lbs from his traditional middleweight weight class. Although Alvarez has held titles in three different weight classes, he has competed in four.
The light heavyweight bout would be the fifth weight class for Alvarez and an opportunity to collect titles in four different weight classes.
Canelo Alvarez will move up to light heavyweight for a title shot against Sergey Kovalev. Here’s everything you need to know: https://t.co/1HE6476xFi
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 8, 2019
What We Know So Far
DAZN will be the home streaming platform for the card that the matchup will headline in Las Vegas. The news is expected as Canelo is one of the platforms biggest exclusive stars. Fight fans will be excited because, on the very same night, the UFC will be putting on their 244 fight card, headlined by Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal for the ‘BMF’ title in Madison Square Garden.
Currently, there is a Las Vegas Golden Knights home game booked at the T-Mobile arena on that same night.
Correction: It won’t take place at T-Mobile with the Golden Knights playing that night, but it will be in Las Vegas https://t.co/5B8iGDnoR8
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 7, 2019
Alvarez currently possesses a 52-1-2 professional record, with his only loss befalling against undefeated sure-fire Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr. way back in 2013. During his last fight, he fought Daniel Jacobs and won the bout via unanimous decision. He retained the WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles while also winning the IBF middleweight title from Jacobs in the process.
Kovalev has a (34-3-1) record and most recently knocked out Anthony Yarde to retain his WBO and EBP light heavyweight titles on August 24th. All three of Kovalev’s losses have come within the last 7 of his bouts. A pair of the losses were to boxing phenom Andre Ward. He last loss came from Eleider Álvarez, which he later avenged to win back his WBO light heavyweight title.
Ranked #1 and #11 respectively on boxings pound for pound list are Canelo and Kovalev. Kovalev has a four-inch height position over Canelo as well as a two-inch reach advantage heading into the bout.
Stay tuned to Middle Easy for more details to come as the rest of this story unfolds.