Canelo Talks Strategy vs. Kovalev
Canelo Alvarez says he isn’t changing up his fighting style for his upcoming WBO light heavyweight title fight with Sergey Kovalev.
The November 2 showdown will mark Alvarez’s first fight at 175 pounds. He’ll look to add a championship in a fourth weight class, having previously held the WBA and WBC super welterweight titles and currently holding the WBA (Super) middleweight title, as well as the WBA (Regular) super middleweight title.
“We believe we have the capabilities to win this title. You have to take risks to make history and that is what I am doing,” Alvarez told TUDN. “[Coach] Eddy [Reynoso] began to think about having a fight with one of the best at 175. I finished the fight with [Daniel] Jacobs [in May] and we started looking for it; the fourth title and very few have achieved it. Being champion in three divisions is a lot for me and my story — but we want more.”
Alvarez says it’s his legions of fans and followers who are motivating him to expand his boxing legacy. He adds that he isn’t looking to brawl with Kovalev, but rather fight his style and pick his spots that will help him get the win.
“My biggest motivation is the people who follow me, and in the end there are more of them [when my fights conclude],” Alvarez said. “I don’t focus on defeating my detractors or those who don’t believe in me…but without wanting to I always kill two birds with one stone [when I win].
“In boxing you have to take care of yourself. Many people tell me that I haven’t had as many wars as others have had — but there is no need for you to let yourself take a beating and to be bloody to be a great fighter. I fight with my style. Making it a war does not necessarily make it a great fight. I am not going to stop what I’m doing to get all bloody and get knocked down all over the place if I have no need to.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene