The No. 3 rated pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, Saul”Canelo” Alvarez, has opted to make a huge jump for his next performance, moving to light heavyweight to carry on WBO champion Sergey”Krusher” Kovalev on November 2 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Despite tacking 15 pounds from his last bout, Canelo has opened as a favorite with Kovalev coming back in +300.
I’m quite surprised to see that the chances in favor of this WBA, WBC, lineal middleweight winner giving the fact he’s jumping two weight classes. This line is equal for Canelo to his struggle with Daniel Jacobs where a -500 favorite was closed as by the Mexico native and won through conclusion.
This is not the first time we have seen Canelo jump because his middleweight debut came against Gennady Golovkin in 2017, a fight that ended in a controversial draw a weight class to collide with a talent. Last December, Alvarez fought Rocky Fielding at super middleweight (168 lbs) and stopped the Brit in the third round by human body shots.
Krusher Kovalev was an underdog at February in the rematch against Eleider Alvarez for the WBO heavyweight title. The Russia native fell to Alvarez (perhaps not Canelo) in August of this past year by seventh-round TKO however avenged that loss with a hasty conclusion victory earlier this season. To Andre Ward in 2016 and the rematch at 2017, the only other time that he had been an underdog in recent memory had been his two declines prior to this February bout.
A true interesting bout here as we did watch Canelo fight at super middleweight plus he displayed terrific power with blows to the own body of Fielding, but today we’re adding yet another seven pounds. Canelo might have to keep his pace with the additional weight he’ll carry out to capitalize on his counterstriking.
Meanwhile, you don’t get known Krusher without actual power in mind and that is exactly what you get with Kovalev. Of his 34 specialist wins, 29 have come by knockout, including three of the final four. The Russian will have a tendency to absorb a great deal of strikes in their own struggles and doesn’t have any problem eating shouts let his thick hands fly against a smaller opponent in Canelo and to close the distance.
Should be a fight. The way remains with counters and his own elusiveness to acquire a decision, although Kovalev will wish to corner the Mexico native and then put him into sleep.
Prediction: Canelo Alvarez (-400) via conclusion
Curious as of Sept. 13 at BetOnline