Kovalev vs Canelo Fight is an upcoming professional boxing match between Canelo Álvarez and defending WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. The fight will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada on November 2, 2019.
Kovalev vs Alvarez: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will try to win a world title in a fourth division on Saturday when he takes on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight belt.for their fight Saturday in Las Vegas on DAZN.
Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs), the biggest star in boxing, is jumping up two weight classes after a highly successful run in the middleweight ranks. Alvarez will be at a disadvantage in height, reach and weight when he and Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) step between the ropes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but his skill, speed and defensive ability have most experts backing him to win the bout.
Ring Magazine rounded up 20 expert predictions for the bout. Eighteen are in favor of Alvarez, while just two are picking Kovalev. The dissenters are manager Vadim Kornilov and Now Boxing Promotions’ Cameron Dunkin.
Kornilov has Kovalev winning by TKO, Dunkin on points. Dunkin believes Kovalev’s jab will see him through, noting “GGG landed so many jabs on Canelo and [Kovalev is] so much bigger than Canelo.”
A steady onslaught of heavy jabs from a natural 175-pounder could prevent Alvarez from getting to the body, which he has said will be part of his strategy for defeating Kovalev, per ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.
Boxer-turned-analyst Andre Ward has beaten Kovalev twice and is backing Alvarez to do the same, although he doesn’t think it will be easy. In a video for FightHype.com, Ward said Canelo will have to “be in the lion’s den” to succeed, but he ultimately said, “If I had to choose, I’m going to go with Canelo late.”
ESPN.com’s Andres Ferrari solicited several opinions on the bout. Like the Ring roundup, the group heavily favored the 29-year-old Mexican superstar, with 11 experts picking him and just two going for the 36-year-old underdog.
ESPN UK’s Nick Parkinson believes Alvarez will target the midsection, and fans should “look for Canelo’s crunching body shots to hurt Kovalev and possibly leave the judges’ redundant.”
ESPN’s Teddy Atlas believes Kovalev’s difficult TKO win over Anthony Yarde in August might hurt him, saying the lack of recovery time “can be a recipe for disaster.” Atlas thinks Alvarez will score a knockout.