Canelo Álvarez scaling two weight classes in bid for Sergey Kovalev’s title

  • Mexican to climb two divisions to fight Kovalev on 2 November
  • Álvarez, 29, is coming off points win over Daniel Jacobs in May

Canelo Álvarez will move up two weight classes to challenge Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight championship on 2 November at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Mexican boxer announced on Friday.

Álvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs), who is coming off a close but uncontroversial points win over Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight championship unification fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, will take aim at a world title in a fourth division after negotiations for a much-anticipated third fight with nemesis Gennady Golovkin fell through.

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Canelo Álvarez scaling two weight classes in bid for Sergey Kovalev’s title