The No. 3 rated pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Saul”Canelo” Alvarez, has decided to create a significant jump for his next operation, moving to light heavyweight to carry on WBO champion Sergey”Krusher” Kovalev on November 2 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Despite tacking 15 pounds from his last bout, Canelo has opened coming back in +300.
I’m rather surprised to find that the odds this much in favor of the simple fact being given by this WBA, WBC, lineal middleweight champion that he is jumping two weight classes. This line is almost equal for Canelo to his last fight with Daniel Jacobs where a -500 favorite was shut as by the Mexico native and won via decision.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Canelo jump because his middleweight debut came from Gennady Golovkin at 2017, a struggle that ended in a controversial draw a weight course to collide with a top-level talent. Last December, Alvarez fought Rocky Fielding at super middleweight (168 pounds ) and stopped the Brit at the third round by human body shots.
Krusher Kovalev has been an underdog in February in the rematch from Eleider Alvarez for the WBO heavyweight title. The Russia native fell to Alvarez (perhaps not Canelo) in August of last year by seventh-round TKO however avenged that loss with a unanimous decision triumph earlier this season. To Andre Ward in 2016 and the rematch in 2017, the only other time he had been an underdog in recent memory was his two reductions prior to this February bout.
A interesting bout here as we did watch Canelo fight at super middleweight and he displayed excellent power with blows but we’re adding yet another seven pounds to the mix. Canelo might have to maintain his pace with the further burden he will carry out to capitalize on his own counterstriking.
You do not get nicknamed Krusher and that is exactly what you get with Kovalev. 29 have come by knockout. The Russian does has no trouble eating shouts to close the distance and allow his hands fly notably against a smaller opponent in Canelo and have a tendency to absorb a great deal of strikes in their own fights.
Should be a fight. The way remains with his elusiveness and counters although put him to sleep and then Kovalev will want to mirror the Mexico native to acquire a determination.
Prediction: Canelo Alvarez (-400) via conclusion
Curious as of Sept. 13 at BetOnline
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