WBC President: Canelo Beating Kovalev Would be Epic
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman already had a lot of respect for Canelo Alvarez, but it has grown even more in the Mexican fighter’s latest venture.
As confirmed this past week, Alvarez will be moving up two weight classes to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. The two were in negotiations already this year before Kovalev elected to focus on mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde, who he knocked out on August 24.
Alvarez, who last defeated Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 title unification bout, currently holds the WBA (Super) middleweight championship and the WBA (Regular) super middleweight championship. He was designated “Franchise champion” at middleweight by the WBC earlier this year and held the IBF title before being stripped.
Alvarez will be going for a championship in a fourth weight class with the Kovalev fight, and it will be his first fight above 168 pounds and second above 160.
Sulaiman considers Alvarez a “worthy representative of the WBC” and says for him to go up to 175 and defeat Kovalev would be nothing short of amazing.
“Of course, it would be a feat of epic proportions,” Sulaiman said. “Kovalev is not just any neighbor’s son, he is a boxer who has been tested with the greats, he put Andre Ward on the canvas, and Ward is one of the most important fighters of recent times. It would certainly be a great test for Canelo.
“It would be a difficult fight, an important commitment, they are two divisions [apart in weight], it is a big difference in weight, physical dimensions…so for Canelo to become victorious he will have to use his attributes thoroughly.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene