Canelo-Kovalev Set For November 2nd
November 2nd will be a chaotic night in the world of sports, as Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev will officially be battling the same night as the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden.
The much-rumored fight for Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight title was confirmed on Friday by Golden Boy Promotions, Main Event Promotions, and DAZN, with the latter having the rights to stream the fight as part of their deal with Alvarez.
Alvarez will move up two weight classes for the fight against Kovalev, last seen competing on May 4th to add the IBF middleweight title to his resume, before having it stripped by the organization for failing to come to terms with mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
Alvarez was set to fight on September 14th, for his annual Mexican Independence Day fight, but canceled the planned fight due to being unable to find an opponent.
Kovalev was on the shortlist to face Alvarez but stopped negotiations for a fight due to his August fight against mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde.
With Yarde falling at the hands of Kovalev last month, the two sides came together quickly to build a deal that will see Alvarez fight at 175-pounds for the first time in his career.
Per a press release sent out by Golden Boy confirms that the fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“We promised to make this fight happen, and now we are delivering it,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman, and CEO of Golden Boy. “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. There’s no better home for this than on the DAZN platform or live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.”
“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,” said Canelo Alvarez, who looks to be the second Mexican fighter to hold a light heavyweight title. “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.”
When asked about this fight, Kovalev said, “In order to be the best you have to beat the best. 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 on November 2nd. Thank you, Main Events, Kathy Duva, Egis Klimas, DAZN and Canelo for making this fight happen.”