WBO Light Heavyweight Title Picks: Canelo Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev
Alvarez, a natural middleweight, moves up two weight divisions to try and win his eighth world title against light-heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev in one of the most exciting fights of 2019.
The WBO title will be on the line on November 2nd, coming to you from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Canelo looks to further his own legacy and win a championship in a fourth weight division.
Will Canelo crush the big Russian to make it four titles?
- 01Canelo Alvarez (1.25) vs Sergey Kovalev (4.00)
- 02This one won’t go the distance, under 10.5 (2.25)
- 03Alvarez Wins by Disqualification, KO or TKO
Canelo Alvarez (1.25) vs Sergey Kovalev (4.00)
Canelo is in this for more than money, he said it himself “For me, my legacy is very important. History is the only thing that’s going to remain in boxing.”
The Mexican who has a shining career record of 51-1-2, having only lost to arguably the greatest boxer of all time in Floyd Mayweather Jr., and now has set himself up for a new type of challenge.
Alvarez also had this to say “It’s one of the most motivating fights thus far in my career. Kovalev is very experienced and he’s the strongest fighter I will face. He’s going to use his height and range to try to beat me.”
It feels like Canelo has a plan and has built the fight around it.
Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) is certainly past his best. At 36, he’s a veteran of the game and boasts 11 title defenses at light heavyweight since 2013.
However, he’s 4-3 in his last seven, including a knockout loss to Eleider Alvarez last year.
Given the height and reach difference, it seems clear the Canelo gameplan will be to work the body and score points that way, or look for the knockout. This plan has worked effectively in the past.
The Mexican’s youth and vigor will be too much for the Russian to handle. Take Canelo to win.
Canelo Alvarez works on the speed bag. pic.twitter.com/NS0dudT2Rv— Manouk Akopyan (@ManoukAkopyan) October 23, 2019
This one won’t go the distance, under 10.5 (2.25)
The decision to fight Kovalev is an incredible and audacious jump up for Alvarez. Even though the big Russian is on the way to retirement, he’s still a professional and fought as recently as August.
The challenge for Sergey will be closing the gap and not allowing Alvarez to stay outside. On paper, this shouldn’t be a great challenge, but Canelo is brimming with confidence and he’s got the ability to match it.
His speed and striking are unmatched in the boxing game at the moment. Although, if Kovalev oversteps and tries to throw too much at the Mexican, he will capitalise on his counter-striking.
It’s a fight that’s very much in the balance. But we feel unless Kovalev can corner Canelo and put him to sleep, he’ll work him over and put him down before it makes the 11th.
Take the fight to go under 10.5 rounds.
Canelo Alvarez ring walk! pic.twitter.com/0dK9s9PZe2— The Sports Junky (@TheSportsJunky1) May 5, 2019
Alvarez Wins by Disqualification, KO or TKO
The size difference between the two has been a focal point of the bout, but expect Canelo to have put on some considerable size by the time fight night comes round.
Another point to be aware of, is the fact that Canelo hasn’t selected Kovalev by accident. There were a number of fighters that would have given him a better fight; the likes of Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol.
We know that Canelo will be looking to optimise his strengths against a big name, who will play into his hands and that’s the bout he’s got. Kovalev’s concrete chin is starting to show cracks.
Alvarez’s speed and technical ability will be too much for the big man.
Take Canelo to win by KO/TKO or disqualification.
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