News | Sep 04 2019

Canelo Alvarez on course to fight Sergey Kovalev next

Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev should be on November 2 and at 175lbs. John Dennen finds out the details
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CANELO ALVAREZ is on track to fight WBO light-heavyweight Sergey Kovalev. November 2 is the targeted date, even though Kovalev came through an, at times, taxing fight with Anthony Yarde as recently as August 24 in Russia. Kovalev though is likely to persuaded to go promptly into a showdown with Alvarez.

Bob Arum, who co-promotes Kovalev told Boxing News, “We are negotiating that as we speak. We have to figure out whether they want to go November 2, which is a good day, but whether Kovalev can get himself together to go November 2. I think the money is such, which we’ll agree on, that Kovalev will find it within himself to be ready for November 2. I really am optimistic that that fight will happen.”

It will take place at 175lbs, the light-heavyweight limit, not at a catchweight. “Listen, if I was betting on that fight. I would bet on Canelo even though he’s the smaller guy. Why? Because Yarde showed that Kovalev doesn’t take it good to the body. That’s how Andre Ward beat him and one thing about Canelo right, he’s a hell of a body puncher,” Arum said.

Canelo Alvarez
Canelo has rarely fought above middleweight, never at light-heavy and only at 168lbs once Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions