Sergey Kovalev v Canelo Alvarez Still Looks Good!
While heading down the final stretch of their fight negotiations, Teams Kovalev and Yarde nearly saw everything blown apart.
That was because Mexican middleweight superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez sought a fight with the WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev.
Despite his frequent description as the current ‘cash cow’ in boxing, Team Alvarez did not offer enough money to warrant the Krusher abandoning his bout with Yarde. Nor did they offer Yarde enough step aside money to actually step aside.
Ultimately, Kovalev would fight and defeat Yarde in a contest that was considerably more competitive than most expected.
Though winning by eleventh round stoppage, Kovalev had to walk through a great deal of adversity to do so. Many fans believe that he was a mere punch or two away from an eighth round stoppage loss.
RENEWING THE INVITATION
Many held that Kovalev would need time to recuperate a bit due to the obviously strenuous nature of the match. Obviously, this was not a timeline that Team Alvarez was cozy with.
It seemed that almost as Kovalev was exiting the ring, they would re-extend their invitation to fight the middleweight champion.
When this revelation went public, most thought that the Krusher would more than likely decline such a swift turn around.
Firstly, his last bout had been a grueling affair. Also, the Krusher himself had just said in the media that he held a deep desire to spend more time with his family. Nevertheless, we now know that Kovalev does not have a problem with the fast turnaround.
According to his promoter, Kathy Duva of Main Events Promotions, the Krusher is more than ready and willing to face Saul Alvarez on November 2. Almost even more shocking, Duva also stated there was no weight stipulation being present for the would-be upcoming clash.
Although, while the wheels of progress are moving, Duva was not jumping out the window with excitement. When asked if a Kovalev-Alvarez fight could be contracted, her response was curt to say the least.
Kovalev also spoke on the a contractual offer:
“Yes, we had an offer. The offer was a substantial one.”
Fans know Canelo Alvarez for his stellar professional resume. However, he is equally notorious for forcing his opponents to submit to out-of-the-way weight stipulations. At one point, he did this with such regularity that the boxing media would refer to his weight class as “Canelo-weight”.
When Alvarez initially relayed his desire to battle Kovalev, he stated that he wanted to win another title in another and higher weight division.
If it turns out that there are no weight stipulation, it would appear that Canelo wants to win the bout without any asterisks attached.
3kingsboxing will continue to provide the latest updates on this intriguing potential dust-up.
By: Bakari Simpson