Guadalajara’s boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is calling Saturday’s fight against World Boxing Organization light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev the most important fight of his career.
Alvarez says the aim of moving up two weight divisions is to “create history.”
Victory would give the 27-year-old his fourth weight division title – never previously achieved by a Mexican boxer.
While the weight difference may seem a big handicap for the acclaimed Guadalajara fighter, 36-year-old Kovalev has been knocked out in two of his last six fights.
In a true-life rags to riches tale, Guadalajara’s hometown working-class hero Alvarez joined the sporting elite in 2017 after signing a a record-breaking 11-fight deal with streaming service DAZN for a minimum of $US365 million.
The fight is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 9 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. It can be streamed online and viewed on several pay-per-view networks, as well as with a delay on free-to-air Mexican channels 2 and 7.