We take a look at two of the hottest boxing matches coming up in November

Saul Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev

03/11

The upcoming match between Saul โ€˜Caneloโ€™ Alvarez and defending WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is set to take place on November 3rd 2019 00:00 (CET).

In his pursuit of winning a light-heavyweight belt and fourth weight division title, Alvarez opted for the most recognized titleholder but one with substantial โ€˜wear and tearโ€™.

Canelo will be making his debut at Light Heavyweight while moving up to challenge Sergey Kovalev who looks to retain his WBO title and win his third straight fight. Canelo รlvarez is looking to win a belt in a fourth different division.

โ€œMoving up two divisions against a world champion is a big challenge for me, worrying about a champion at light heavyweight,โ€ Alvarez said. โ€œBut I also think that itโ€™s the most important fight of my career. Thatโ€™s why we are doing this โ€” to keep making history.โ€

Russian native and part-time Fort Lauderdale resident, Sergey Kovalev began his third run as light-heavyweight champion in February following his unanimous decision victory over Eleider Alvarez.

Kovalevโ€™s second title reign ended in a knockout loss against Alvarez. Andre Ward also stopped Kovalev in the direct rematch of Wardโ€™s title-winning decision victory. Two months ago, Kovalev underwent 11 physically absorbing rounds against Anthony Yarde before he retained his title with a technical knockout win.

One canโ€™t ignore the angle that Kovalevโ€™s brutal fight with Yarde prompted Alvarezโ€™s team to land the fight so quickly.

โ€œI donโ€™t worry about if Iโ€™m the underdog or not,โ€ Kovalev said. โ€œI just feel like we will be in the same ring, and everybody will be in the same position one-on-one, one against one.

โ€œThe end will show whoโ€™s the best.โ€

Saul Alvarez to win 1.21 | Sergey Kovalev to win 3.9ย 

Total rounds over 10.5: 1.57 | Total rounds under 10.5: 2.25ย 

 


 

Callum Smith vs John Ryder

23/11

Callum Smith will defend his WBA world super-middleweight title against John Ryder in Liverpool on 23rd November at 21:00 CET.

Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) landed the WBA World title and was crowned World Boxing Super Series Champion following a stunning seventh-round knockout victory over British rival George Groves in Saudi Arabia last September โ€“ a win that also saw the Liverpudlian claim the vacant Ring Championship.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to Liverpool as world champion to defend my titles,” said Smith, 29.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to bring world championship boxing to the city and hopefully this is the first of a big run of fights here.”

Meanwhile, John Ryder has won 28 and lost four of his 32 professional fights. โ€œIโ€™m buzzing to be fighting for the full World title,โ€ said Ryder. โ€œIโ€™ve worked hard to get myself into the mandatory position and keep myself there. I feel like Iโ€™m in the form of my life and this opportunity has come at the perfect time. Callum Smith is a great opponent and a great champion but I feel unbeatable at the moment.”

Callum Smith to win 1.04 | John Ryder to win 8.5


 

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