We take a look at two of the hottest boxing matches coming up in November
Saul Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev
Alvarez-Kovalev WBO World Light Heavyweight Title#Boxing – MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, SAT Nov. 02 on DAZN
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— World Boxing DB (@WorldBoxingDB) October 28, 2019
The upcoming match between Saul ‘Canelo’ 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 ‘wear and tear’.
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 Álvarez is looking to win a belt in a fourth different division.
“Moving up two divisions against a world champion is a big challenge for me, worrying about a champion at light heavyweight,” Alvarez said. “But I also think that it’s the most important fight of my career. That’s why we are doing this — to keep making history.”
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.
Kovalev’s second title reign ended in a knockout loss against Alvarez. Andre Ward also stopped Kovalev in the direct rematch of Ward’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 can’t ignore the angle that Kovalev’s brutal fight with Yarde prompted Alvarez’s team to land the fight so quickly.
“I don’t worry about if I’m the underdog or not,” Kovalev said. “I just feel like we will be in the same ring, and everybody will be in the same position one-on-one, one against one.
“The end will show who’s the best.”
Callum Smith vs John Ryder
I’m delighted to confirm I will be defending my World titles in my home City of Liverpool on November 23 against my mandatory challenger John Ryder live on @skysportsboxing @dazn_usa – press conference on Monday! pic.twitter.com/AhL3KcxO4N
— Callum Smith (@CallumSmith23) September 27, 2019
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 – 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. “I’m buzzing to be fighting for the full World title,” said Ryder. “I’ve worked hard to get myself into the mandatory position and keep myself there. I feel like I’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.”