WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev expects an interesting fight agains Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who challenges him after moving up two weight classes.
“The fight is gonna be very interesting – believe me – because two fighters with the same mentality are fighting each other. I never take a step back and he never takes a step back. It’s interesting. Who will be smarter? Who will be the winner? We will see November 2nd. First all of all, I thought he was kidding me. My manager said to me, ‘Hey, Canelo is interested in a fight with you.’ Like, ‘Really? OK. What’s the weight?’, ‘In your weight. Light heavyweight division.’ I said: ‘No. That’s not right. You’re kidding me’, ‘No, it’s real’, ‘If it’s real, put a contract and sign it and I’ll go.’ And then maybe two, three weeks, like it stopped about this, speaking. And then again, somewhere like, ‘Yeah, I told you like Canelo, like again, interested.’ I said: ‘Come on. OK’.”, Kovalev told BoxingScene.com.