Canelo to move up to light heavyweight, fight Sergey Kovalev for WBO belt: Report

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 0

There’s nothing at the moment that Saul Alvarez aka Canelo is not dreaming for.

After getting the better of arch-rival Gennady Golovkin to become the middleweight king, he made a successful super middleweight debut, stopping a fairly experienced Rocky Fielding inside three rounds. Now, he’s set to make a further move up the division.

According to a report by, Canelo (52-1-2) is in talks to make his light heavyweight debut against none other than Sergey Kovalev (33-3-1) in 175-pound category.

“I have been hearing these rumors too. I have been told that Canelo would like to challenge Sergey for his title,” Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva told World Boxing News.

“But to date, we have received no offers from Golden Boy. So I don’t know how serious these rumors could be. Of course, Sergey is open to it. It would be a historic matchup, with Canelo trying for a world title in his fourth weight class.

“If it is true, and Canelo really wants to do that, you really have to give him a lot of credit. He’s a true throwback fighter who always needs and wants a bigger challenge.

“Who wouldn’t be excited about Canelo moving up in weight ahead and fighting Sergey Kovalev?” Indeed.

Kovalev, who prevailed over Eleider Alvarez in his latest fight, was recently in talks for a fight with mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde, only for the negotiations to not have materialized.

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