Canelo May Want Kovalev At Light Heavyweight

Following his win on May 4th, Canelo Alvarez is eyeing moving up, not just up to 165 pounds to fight Callum Smith, but a move to light heavyweight.

Over the past few years, Alvarez has openly discussed a move to 175 pounds, and a chance to face current WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

“Canelo is very ambitious,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya told Sports Illustrated.

“He wants to move up to 175 [pounds] at some point. He wants to challenge a champion at 175. I can see why he is ambitious like that. A lot of times we have to talk some sense into him and strategically get him the right fights.”

With ten fights remaining on his record breaking deal with DAZN, Alvarez has a lot of time to move up and make the move to light heavyweight.

Yet, it seems Alvarez may want to move up quicker than expected, which doesn’t worry De La Hoya.

“If he was getting beat up, then I would worry about it,” De La Hoya said. “But he’s not. Even in the gym, he knows how to move his head, he knows how to use his defense. I’m not worried. But when you are in these types of fights, you never know. One fight can make you feel old overnight.”


Report: Sports Illustrated

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