Canelo Alvarez challenges Sergey Kovalev for WBO Light Heavyweight title
Canelo Alvarez challenges Sergey Kovalev for WBO Light Heavyweight title | Pic: Facebook/SaulCaneloAlvarez

The next appearance of Canelo Alvarez inside the square circle has been made official. Mexican boxing star faces the defending champion from Russia Sergey Kovalev on November 3 (AEST). The pair tops the fight card held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, NV.

The bout billed by DAZN as “Canelo’s Biggest Test To Date” features the middleweight king who moves up not one but two weight classes in attempt to dethrone the reigning WBO Light Heavyweight champion “Krusher” Kovalev. The encounter is scheduled for twelve rounds.

In his previous outing in May Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO) scored a unanimous decision against Daniel Jacobs, and retained his WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles, as well as claimed IBF strap. Early last month he was stripped of the latter belt due to no deal was made for defense against mandatory opponent Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1-0, 10 KO).

Prior to that, last December Alvarez stopped Rocky Fielding in the third round to take WBA Super Middleweight title. In September 2018 he became a new middleweight champion taking the win by majority decision in a rematch against Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO).

Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KO) regained WBO light heavyweight title by unanimous decision in an immediate rematch against former champion Eleider Alvarez this past February. In his previous bout he successfully defended the strap by knockout in the eleventh round against Athony Yarde.

Light Heavyweight Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev