Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev: Round-by-round analysis of light heavyweight title bout

Josh Peter


Published 10: 38 PM EDT Nov 2, 2019

Canelo Alvarez will square off against Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night while moving up two weight classes for the 175-pound light heavyweight bout.

Some boxing fans had hoped for a rematch between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, but Alvarez bypassed on that and instead opted to fight at 175 pounds for the first time of his career. Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), a Russian nicknamed the “Krusher,” is the reigning WBO light heavyweight champion.

Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs in May, and Kovalev is coming off a TKO of Anthony Yarde in August heading into the bout at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

At 6 foot, Kovalev has an advantage in height over the 5-9 Alvarez. But Alvarez, 29, is still a solid favorite over Kovalev, 36. Alvarez is considered among the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters after a majority decision victory over Golovkin in September 2018 and two victories that followed.

USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter provides his round-by-round breakdown of the fight:

Round 1: 

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