Kovalev Not Bothered By Fighting Canelo In Vegas
The one thing Canelo Alvarez’s recent opponents have had to worry about has not been his power, his skill, or his determination, but the home-field advantage he seems to have in Las Vegas.
Alvarez, who has fought a majority of his past few fights in Sin City, has been accused by opponents such as Gennadiy Golovkin of having the judges on his side, pointing to the controversial 2017 decision that saw their first fight go to a draw.
For Sergey Kovalev its less about the judges and more about handing Canelo Alvarez a very visible defeat inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2nd.
“Right now, my goal is to get a victory,” said Kovalev, who has dealt with a controversial Las Vegas decision loss to Andre Ward in 2016.
“But it’s not my job to account for who got the victory after each round. That’s not my job. I’m going to Vegas to do my job, fighting. And what will happen will happen. We will see. But people who will see this fight, they will know who will win, even if the judges make mistakes. … I do my job and everything I do is for me and for boxing fans.”
Not only did Adelaide Byrd’s 118-110 card from the 2017 fight raised suspicion to bias towards Alvarez, back in 2013 judge CJ Ross scored Alvarez’s one-sided defeat to Floyd Mayweather 114-114, even though the other two judges had it 116-112 and 117-111.
Getting passed that, Kovalev believes GGG got the shaft in their first fight and drew upon his memory of the two sparring in 2012.
“When they met in the ring, I didn’t know who would get a victory,” Kovalev said. “But I saw their two fights. They were great fights. My opinion is the first fight was won by Gennadiy, and the second fight was won by Canelo.”
Report: Boxing Scene