Opinion | Oct 18 2019

Canelo Alvarez on fighting feared light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev

In his own words Canelo Alvarez talks moving all the way up to 175lbs to challenge the dangerous Russian for the WBO world title
Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding
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Canelo Alvarez on why he’s moving up from middleweight to light-heavyweight to fight Sergey Kovalev

“I spoke with my team. We talked with my team, with Eddy [Reynoso] more than anything. He wanted that fight. He wanted to get a fourth title against one of the best fighters in that division, and we wanted to make history in boxing and leave a big legacy, so it looked like a good idea. It’s a risk that we’re taking, but that’s boxing.

“We decided that after the last fight. Obviously we had thought about it before the fight with [Danny] Jacobs because media asked, they asked if it was possible to be moving up to 175 pounds, and it didn’t sound bad, and then we started to think about it. But first, of course, we had to pass the first challenge, which was against Jacobs, and then we decided to move up in weight.”