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Canelo Moving From 160 to 175, To Fight Light Heavyweight Kovalev

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Canelo Alvarez is a middleweight ace, and he’s dipped toes into the super middleweight class. But now the Mexican pugilist is looking to make impact at yet another weight division; on Nov. 2, Canelo will get gold at 175, where he will take on light heavyweight veteran Sergey Kovalev.

Massive risk, and too much of a leap, a plunge into the unknown which will bite the 52-1-2 Golden Boy boxer in the tail? Or further proof that the red-head is a generational talent?

Time will tell, of course, and DAZN will be the platform to see the scrap, which would have been a PPV performance if it were placed on another space.

In his last outing, Kovalev…

..looked solid, but his August 24th foe Anthony Yarde was able to do enough on the 36 year old Russian to have social media fight fans slide over en masse and declare Canelo (age 29) the certain victor if and when he and the 34-3-1 Main Events boxer face off.

But, Yarde is a muscled Brit, seemingly suited for 175. Canelo is not a hellacious puncher and might he find that Kovalev’s tosses tingle more than those of Gennadiy Golovkin, Rocky Fielding and Daniel Jacobs?

This being the social media age, but of course, there will be chatter. One point–Kovalev fought recently…and this test comes on the heels of that. From what I hear, that “short gap” wasn’t actually almost a de-railer to having this one formed and brought to the runway.

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