By Mark Elezaj
The guessing game is over. The unified middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez, finally has his next fight, location, date and opponent.
Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs), is moving up two weight classes to challenge the WBO light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) on November 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez, who did not demand a catchweight for the upcoming fight, is coming off a close decision win over Daniel Jacobs, and will now have the opportunity to win a world championship in a fourth weight division.
“The second phase of my career is continuing just as we had planned, and that’s why we are continuing to make great fights to enter into the history books of boxing,” Alvarez said. “That’s also why I’ve decided to jump two weight classes against one of the most feared champions of recent years.
“Kovalev is a dangerous puncher, and he’s naturally the bigger man, but that’s the kind of challenges and risks that I like to face.”
Kovalev is a three-time champion at 175lbs, fresh off an impressive 11th-round knockout of Britain’s Anthony Yarde in Russia last month.
“In order to be the best you have to beat the best,” Kovalev said. “I have always tried to fight the toughest opponents in my division, but many have ducked me throughout my career. Canelo wanted to fight me; to step up to higher weight and challenge for my belt. I will be ready.”
“We promised to make this fight happen, and now we are delivering it,” said Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya.
“Historic fights have been a hallmark of this company, and we are pleased to once again live up to the high expectations we’ve set for our fans. The best pound-for-pound fighter is also boxing’s biggest star. Few fighters in boxing’s history can claim to be both like Canelo Alvarez. Now, he’ll look to become a four-division world champion against one of the most dangerous fighters of recent years, and I’m certain that he will stop him.”
”Canelo is to be praised for asking to challenge Sergey Kovalev,” said Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva. ”Win or lose, he will make history and Sergey is extremely pleased to get the chance to test his mettle against another future Hall of Famer.”
The much anticipated fight between Canelo and Kovalev will stream live on DAZN, and take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
~ The Fighting Voice ~