Kovalev Not Looking To Be Sacrificed To Canelo

Sergey Kovalev does not look to be the next in a line of sacrificial opponents for Canelo Alvarez on his road to making history.

“I understand that a lot of people are thinking that I’m the underdog, but the ring will show our skills,” Kovalev told BoxingScene.com. “My job is to be in the best shape and bring the best fight. I understand this fight will be dangerous for me and my boxing career. If someone challenges me to a fight, I cannot say no. I’m only training for victory. He’s the best in boxing, and this is my biggest test. I should be ready.”

“I am the biggest name in the light heavyweight division,” said Kovalev, who defends his WBO light heavyweight title against Alvarez on November 2nd on DAZN. “We’ve had great opinions of each other ever since we met in Big Bear in 2012. I respect him.

“Of course this will be a tougher fight for me than Andre Ward. Ward was a dirty fighter, he was not a real fighter … If boxing had a division between 175 and 200, I would move up, too. My goal is the same, to defend my titles until I retire.”

“I asked [manager] Egas [Klimas] to give me a fight every three months,” said Kovalev, who just defeated Anthony Yarde in August. “Big breaks between fights kill me. I don’t train between fights because I am busy with my family and life. It was different this time. It’s now or never. A victory will give me a lot of opportunities. I have five more fights. It all depends on God, and how many he will give me.

“When I was younger at 32 and 33 years old, I had much more energy, intensity and more goals. Now, I’m more responsible and have a family. I can’t afford any mistakes inside or outside of the ring. With age, your approach to life changes. Only God knows how my life will change with a win.”

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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