One of the biggest superstars in boxing, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez moves up to light heavyweight to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night in Las Vegas in a fight that can be seen on DAZN. Kovalev is coming off a win against Anthony Yarde, while Alvarez is coming off a win against Daniel Jacobs. Kovalev is 34-3-1 in his career, while Alvarez is 52-1-2. This fight that is scheduled for 12 rounds has Alvarez listed as a solid favorite at Betcris. Let’s look at the bout and boxing picks.
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- Sergey Kovalev: +358
- Canelo Alvarez: -460
- Over/under rounds: Check Back Later
Saturday, November 2 from Las Vegas, Nevada, Sergey Kovalev will take on Canelo Alvarez. This fight is scheduled for 12 rounds.
Sergey Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 knockouts)
In his last five fights, Kovalev has four wins and one loss. He defeated Anthony Yarde by 11 round TKO in August, won a unanimous decision against Eleider Alvarez in February, lost by TKO to Alvarez in August of last year, won a 7th round TKO against Igor Mikhalkin in March of last year and won by 2nd round TKO against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy in November of 2017. Kovalev gets a knockout win 85% of the time.
“I’m really excited about my next fight with Canelo Alvarez. I must show the world that I deserve to be the best in light heavyweight division,” Kovalev told Fightnews.com. “Canelo is really talented and really famous, a very talented boxer and really experienced.”
Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 knockouts)
In his last boxing fights, Alvarez has four wins and a draw. He defeated Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision in May, won by 3rd round TKO against Rocky Fielding last December, won a majority decision against Gennady Golovkin last September, fought to a draw against Golovkin in September of 2017 and he won a unanimous decision against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May of 2017. Alvarez gets a knockout win 67% of the time.
Canelo will be looking to win his fourth world title in his fourth different weight class. “It’s going to be one of the most important fights for me and my career. This title is very important, to be a four-time world champion in different divisions,” Canelo said to the media, “This is historic for my career. In boxing you have to take risks to make history and it’s a huge risk for my career but we’re ready,”.
“He has long arms, his jab is really strong, and he knows how to move, but we’ve trained for this. He’s my strongest opponent without a doubt and it’s a huge risk for me but we’re ready.” Canelo said to the media about Kovalev. “We’re ready for this. We have the intelligence and skill to beat Kovalev and win the fight,”.
Alvarez said he will be going to the body against Kovalev on Saturday. "Without a doubt. It's one of the most important punches for any fighter, and not just in this fight, in all fights," Alvarez said to ESPN, "But, of course, even more so with this fighter because that's a weak point that he has. So we're going to try to penetrate with the impact to the body.".
The price on Alvarez is really high, perhaps too high, but it is still really hard to take Kovalev. Alvarez is simply the better boxer and he has proven throughout his career he can handle anything. Kovalev has shown some weaknesses lately and Alvarez has the ability to hurt Kovalev with body shots. I think Alvarez will eventually wear down Kovalev and get the win, but the price is too high for me, so I will instead just take the rounds to go over the total.
Boxing Pick: Rounds to Go Over the Total