Alvarez climbing 2 weight classes to fight Kovalev

Boxing

Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez will climb two weight divisions to challenge light heavyweight world titlist Sergey Kovalev in a fight that was finalized Friday.

Alvarez, who did not demand a catchweight in an attempt to drain Kovalev lower than the division limit of 175 pounds, and Kovalev will meet Nov. 2 (DAZN) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Golden Boy Promotions had hoped to stage the fight at the larger T-Mobile Arena, but the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights have a home game on Nov. 2.

Alvarez, who pressed for the fight with Kovalev — by far the biggest name in the light heavyweight division — will have the opportunity to win a world title in a fourth weight division after claiming belts at junior middleweight and middleweight and a secondary title at super middleweight.

If Alvarez wins, he would become only the fourth fighter in boxing history to win world titles at junior middleweight and light heavyweight. The other three — Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Mike McCallum — are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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