Feature | Nov 02 2019

History lessons for Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev – eight middleweights who jumped to light-heavyweight

Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev engage in a middleweight vs light-heavyweight fight. Here are eight other cases to examine

Dick Tiger v Jose Torres (1966)

After losing the world middleweight title to Emile Griffith in April 1966, Dick Tiger stepped up to light-heavyweight eight months later and challenged the favoured world champion, Jose Torres [pictured together, top]. Tiger, weighing 167lbs, took the fight to the favourite and won a decision over 15 rounds. Tiger would win the return, add another successful defence against Roger Rouse before Bob Foster brutally knocked out the smaller Tiger in 1968.

VERDICT: Cream rises to the top