Kovalev Open For Canelo Fight
The search for Canelo Alvarez’ opponent for September 14th ended on Wednesday when Canelo Alvarez announced he will not be fighting on September 14th.
One reason Alvarez may have punted on a September 14th return is his reported desire to fight light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev, who was in-talks with Alvarez for September 14th before locking in his fight with mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde on August 25th.
“I’m told Canelo wants to fight Sergey,” Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva told BoxingScene.com. “We’ll see what happens. We have no control over this. [Golden Boy Promotions] clearly has to work out their issues with DAZN and Canelo, and I don’t know what they are. Sergey has been training and planning, full speed ahead, for the fight in August for a while. Even though I was getting an awful lot of calls [about an Alvarez-Kovalev fight], this was never anything realistic, that could’ve gotten done.”
“There was no way we were gonna gamble away his title,” Duva said of allowing the WBO to strip Kovalev of his title. “This is a mandatory. It wasn’t like a fight where we could just say, ‘Hey, let’s put it off for a month.’ Sergey has to go on with his career.”
“That certainly removes a big complication from this,” Duva said of Alvarez cancelling his September 14th return.
“It’s good for Sergey at that point, too, because he’ll be fresher. He likes to stay active. He hasn’t fought since February, so I think he would be better prepared for a fight [against Alvarez] a little later in the year. So, that part might be a plus in the end. But, of course, he’s gotta beat the guy in front of him. That’s really all he can think about and I can think about right now. He has to focus on the fight that’s in front of him. There are no easy fights at this level.”
Report: Boxing Scene