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Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev meet for the WBO light heavyweight title, live and exclusively on DAZN.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez returns to the ring in his quest for history, as unified middleweight champion and WBA (regular) super middleweight champion moves up two weight classes to challenge WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev on Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live and exclusively on DAZN.

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If Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) can have a successful trip up to 175 pounds, it would make him a four-division world champion and put him in the conversation of all-time great Mexican boxers.

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Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), a three-time 175-pound titleholder and former unified champion, successfully defended the WBO title in August against Anthony Yarde, but now he's in the biggest fight of his career.

Can Alvarez continue his trek towards being recognized as among the sport's best with another high-quality win? Or does Kovalev escape the demons from his two losses to Andre Ward and notch a career-defining victory?

The Canelo-Kovalev undercard will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will follow at 9 p.m. ET. The Canelo-Kovalev fight is expected to start about 12:15 a.m. ET, although it will depend on the length of the earlier fights. It also depends on the length of UFC 244, as the Canelo-Kovalev fight will start after Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz is over.

Alvarez is giving up some height and a little reach to Kovalev, but he’s also younger and Kovalev had a little trouble making weight on Friday. Things could get interesting in this matchup for a number of reasons.

Kovalev’s height and reach advantages, plus the fact that when he uses it he has a strong jab, could help him keep the smaller Canelo at distance, which is exactly what Alvarez and his team don’t want, as the common idea is that he’ll want and need to get inside and bang to the body. It’s thought that Kovalev is particularly vulnerable to the body, and to fatiguing late in fights as he’s in his mid-30s now. In that sense, Canelo will also probably want to push Kovalev to use up energy, which isn’t necessarily his normal style, as he tends to fight at a more methodical pace.

Since unifying most middleweight titles in his pair of great and hotly debated fights with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) went up in weight to take a supermiddleweight title off of Rocky Fielding and defended his middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs. He’ll go up in weight once again this week end, this time to light heavyweight where a much stiffer challenge awaits him in WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs).

Any time a fighter jumps up two weight classes to face a legitimate top fighter is a risky move, but it is a calculated risk for Canelo. If Kovalev is still one of the best light heavyweights in the world, he’s clearly seen better days and I doubt you would find too many people willing to argue him as THE best light heavyweight around over someone like newly unified champion Artur Beterbiev.

Kovalev is still a devastating puncher, as Anthony Yarde found out when Kovalev put him down with a jab in his last fight. The jab and right straight are the cornerstones of his game, which he uses to set each other up at distance very well by varying power and targets.

We have already seen Canelo handle himself very well against a bigger orthodox boxer in Daniel Jacobs. That fight ended up being very close but most of Jacobs’ success came once he switched to southpaw, something Kovalev has never shown before and is unlikely to develop at this stage of his career.

Canelo also has very good body work and Kovalev has shown a vulnerability to body shots recently. Canelo’s excellent head movement should allow him to neutralize Kovalev’s jab and get past his reach. While Canelo is a powerful puncher himself, I don’t expect his power to carry up enough to stop Kovalev and thus I’m picking him by decision.

It remains to be seen what would be next for Canelo if he were to pick up a belt in a fourth weight division. It is doubtful that he would remain in the division to face the likes of Artur Beterbiev or Oleksandr Gvozdyk and I’d expect him to go back down at least to middleweight but I also wouldn’t have expected him to fight Kovalev at the start of 2019 so who knows?

Anyway, the biggest star in the sport going up in weight to face a champion and former pound-for-pound talent makes this the biggest fight in an excellent end of the year stretch for boxing.


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