Is Canelo Alvarez biting off more than he can chew this time?
Boxing fans and beyond are about to find out. The face of boxing will move up two weight classes to fight WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev on Saturday, Nov. 2, live and exclusively on DAZN, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
A victory from Alvarez would make him a four-division world champion, as his pursuit of boxing history continues.
“The second phase of my career is continuing just as we had planned, and that’s why we are continuing to make great fights to enter into the history books of boxing,” the 29-year-old Alvarez said in a statement announcing the fight. “That’s also why I’ve decided to jump two weight classes against one of the most feared champions of recent years. Kovalev is a dangerous puncher, and he’s naturally the bigger man, but that’s the kind of challenges and risks that I like to face.”
Canelo (52-1-2, 35 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Jacobs in May. Meanwhile, Kovalev bounced back from a stinging loss to Eleider Alvarez last August to defeat the Colombian and take back his WBO strap in February. He then defended the title with an 11th-round KO of Anthony Yarde on Aug. 24, making this bout a sharp turnaround for the “Krusher.”
That latter bout had the 36-year-old Russian putting his power punching on display in an aggressive, pointed style that Canelo is going to have to deal with.
Also on the card is rising star Ryan Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), who will look to unify the vacant WBC silver lightweight championship with NABO lightweight champion “Ruthless” Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs).
“We have put a lot of thought into this long-awaited night, and we’re eager to deliver one of the best undercards of the year,” said Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “This event will feature some of our brightest talents taking on the toughest fights of their careers. With Ryan Garcia, we have a huge star in the making, but he’ll need to get past a tough, hard-hitting contender in Romero Duno to secure his path for a world title. We also have Seniesa Estrada and Marlen Esparza, who will look to finally end their rivalry in a fight for the Interim WBA Flyweight Title. So, whether in person or live on DAZN, a new chapter in boxing’s history will unfold on November 2.”
Here’s a complete guide to the Canelo vs. Kovalev fight, which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view, along with updated betting odds, the full undercard and more.
When is Canelo Alvarez's next fight?
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019
- Undercard: 6:30 p.m. ET
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Main event: 12:15 a.m. ET (approximate)
This will be Alvarez's first fight since May 5, when he defeated Jacobs by unanimous decision. Kovalev's most recent fight was Aug. 24, an 11-round knockout of Yarde.
Canelo and Kovalev are expected to take their ring walks about 12:15 a.m. ET, although it depends on the length of the earlier fights, and it also depends on the length of UFC 244. The Canelo-Kovalev bout will not start until Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz is complete, giving fight fans the chance to see both main events.
Canelo vs. Kovalev live stream
The Canelo vs. Kovalev fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service.
DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
Comcast customers can sign up for DAZN on Xfinity Flex.
How much does the Canelo vs. Kovalev fight cost?
A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — in the U.S. is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99. (In Canada, the monthly plan is $20 CAD, and the annual plan is $150 CAD.)
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
A subscription also includes access to archived Alvarez fights, including both battles against Gennadiy Golovkin.
Where is the Canelo vs. Kovalev fight?
The Canelo vs. Kovalev fight will take place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez isn’t a stranger to the famed venue, with this bout set to mark his seventh time fighting at MGM. His biggest fight in the arena was his September 2013 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who handed the Mexican fighter the only loss of his pro career.
While Kovalev has fought in other Vegas venues before such as T-Mobile Arena and Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Russian boxer will be making his debut at MGM on Nov. 2.
Canelo vs. Kovalev betting odds
According to SportsbookReview.com, Canelo Alvarez opened as a -360 favorite, which means you'll need to bet $360 to win $100. Meanwhile, Sergey Kovalev is a +300 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $300.
Canelo Alvarez record and bio
- Name: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
- Nationality: Mexican
- Born: July 18, 1990
- Height: 5-8
- Reach: 70½ inches
- Total fights: 55
- Record: 39-1-1 with 35 knockouts
Sergey Kovalev record and bio
- Name: Sergey Kovalev
- Nationality: Russian
- Born: April 2, 1983
- Height: 6-0
- Reach: 72½ inches
- Total fights: 38
- Record: 34-3-1 with 29 knockouts
Canelo vs. Kovalev fight card
|Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev||Light Heavyweight||WBO|
|Ryan Garcia vs. Romero Duno||Lightweight|
|Seniesa Estrada vs. Marlen Esparza||Flyweight||WBA (Interim)|
|Blair Cobbs vs. Carlos Ortiz||Welterweight||NABF|
|Evan Holyfield vs. Nick Winstead||Junior Middleweight|
|Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Jorge Fortea||Junior Middlweight|
|Tristan Kalkreuth vs. Twon Smith||Cruiserweight|
|Meiirim Nursultanov vs. Cristian Olivas||Middleweight|