Canelo Looking for History vs. Kovalev
Canelo Alvarez says he never intended to jump around weight classes and planned to stay at middleweight. But when the opportunities to make history and extend his legacy came knocking, he could not resist.
Alvarez, already a champion in two weight divisions as the WBA (Super) middleweight champion and (Regular) super middleweight champion, will have the chance to add the WBO light heavyweight title to his mantel when he faces Sergey Kovalev on November 2.
Alvarez said after defeating Rocky Fielding for his super middleweight title, the plan was to return to and dominate at middleweight — Alvarez defeated Daniel Jacobs in May to become the unified WBA/WBC/IBF champion. But before the Jacobs fight, he was asked about facing Kovalev.
Alvarez said after the fight, the more he and his team thought about facing Kovalev, the more they got interested.
Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, in fact, has won championships in six different weight classes.
“Fighters move up in weight to make history,” De La Hoya said. “Moving up two weight classes is no easy task — but when has Canelo ever taken the easy way?”
Should Alvarez defeat Kovalev, he will become the first Mexican boxer to claim championships at 154, 160 and 175 pounds. He will also join boxing Hall of Famers “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Mike McCallum as the only boxers who have won titles at both junior middleweight and light heavyweight.
“I always envision fighting the best, but never realized the magnitude of the effect I would have in taking these fights,” Alvarez said. “I will continue to fight to make boxing history.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene