Fight Night Betting Preview: Sergey Kovalev vs. Canelo Alvarez

Sergey Kovalev vs. Canelo Alvarez
November 2, 2019 - MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Betting Line: Alvarez -450, Kovalev +325
Network: DAZN

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (34-3-1) will look to defend his WBO light heavyweight title this Saturday, November 2nd against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (52-1-2).

Kovalev will look to win his third straight fight. After losing to Eleider Alvarez in August 2018, the Russian avenged the loss and then went on to TKO Anthony Yarde in the 11th round of their August 2019 match.

Despite scoring the finish, Yarde wasn't an easy fight for Kovalev. He struggled at times throughout the fight. The eighth round was particularly dangerous when Yarde nearly ended the Russian's night. In the end, it was Kovalev that landed the finishing blows and fought well of the counter.

Kovalev will be the taller and longer fighter on Saturday night. He stands at 6' 0" with a 72.5" reach. Canelo stands at 5'8" with a 70" reach. Kovalev  is an orthodox fighter with heavy hands and good countering abilities.

The Russian holds wins over Anthony Yarde, Eleider Alvarez, Igor Mikhalkin, Bernard Hopkins, and Jean Pascal among others.

This will be Alvarez's first foray at light heavyweight. He is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and arguably the best middleweight in the game today.

Canelo is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Jacobs. He's 10-0-1 since his lone career loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2014. Since then, he holds wins over Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., GGG, and more.

Canelo's biggest win is the controversial majority decision he scored over GGG in their 2018 rematch. He followed that up with a TKO over Rocky Fielding and the UD over Daniel Jacobs.

It's no secret what Canelo's game plan will be versus Kovalev. He'll look to exploit the body -- a known weakness of Kovalev's. This plays right into Canelo's game as his left hook to the body is thunderous and punishing. Few boxers have a better weapon in their arsenal than Canelo's left body hook.

It won't matter that Kovalev knows his opponent's game plan. Canelo is that skilled and powerful that he'll still get to the body. It's like a pitcher with a mean fastball -- you know it's coming, but still can't stop it.

Sergey Kovalev is a skilled fighter, but he's no match for Canelo Alvarez. Canelo has stood toe-to-toe with the best of them and has come out on top almost every single time. Saturday will be no different. Alvarez will get his hands raised this Saturday in Vegas.