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Eddy Reynoso: "Canelo Will Become
World Champion In Fourth Weight Division"

By Daniel Cloutier

LAS VEGAS — The Saul Canelo Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, has no doubt in his mind thathis fighter will beat the WBO light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion of the world, the Russian Sergey Kovalev, next Saturday in the ring of the MGM hotel-casino Arena.

“It was not easy for the Golden Boy Promotions Organization to finalize a fight between my fighter and Kovalev, but I am very happy that this bout is now a reality,” said Reynoso. “Canelo trained very seriously, he is extremely motivated, and I am positive he will be at his best Saturday evening. I really believe that Saul Canelo will become world champion in a fourth weight’s division,. Kovalev is a great champion, he got a great career, but it’s my fighter who still at his best. You will understand what I mean at the end of the fight.”

Obviously, Buddy McGirt, the Kovalev’s trainer does not agree with Reynoso. “The Golden Boy Promotions Organization got a superb idea in organizing a fight Alvarez-Kovalev,” said McGirt, “If Reynoso believes that his fighter still at his best and my fighter is declining, he will have a huge surprise next Saturday at the MGM Grand Arena. Sergey got a great preparation, he trained intensively day after day in the last three months, and I am positive he will be at his top next Saturday. And don’t forget that this fight is a light heavyweight championship of the world, and my fighter is a natural light heavyweight, not Alvarez. I am positive that Sergey will be very energetic and intense in every rounds Saturday, and he will finish the evening in the winning side.”

The WBA light heavyweight champion of the world, the Russian Dmitry Bivol (17-0-0), will watch this fight with perfect concentration. “I am very impatient to see the result of this fight Alvarez-Kovalev,” said Bivol. “I gonna watch this bout with a perfect concentration. I want to challenge the winner. It would be so exciting for me to have eventually a world championship unification.”

Former middleweight and super middleweight champion of the world, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya’s advisor with The Golden Boy Promotions Organization, is worried for Alvarez. “It’s a very risky fight for Canelo, a huge challenge, but clearly, he is ready to face this dangerous situation,” said Hopkins. “When I am mentioning a risky fight, I am considering the fact that Canelo is a natural middleweight (160 pounds), and he is not fighting a super middleweight fighter (168 pound), but a natural light heavyweight (175 pounds). Then, Canelo got to move up of two weight's divisions to fight Kovalev. I am positive that Kovalev will try everything possible to knock Alvarez out Saturday. Canelo will need to fight with a brilliant strategy in the circumstances. When I see this situation, I remembered that in 1994, the light heavyweight Michael Moorer moved up in the heavyweight division to fight George Foreman. The result? Foreman won by KO in the 10th round. For sure, it will be extremely exciting for us and the crowd to attend this match up. We obviously hope that Canelo will deliver the greatest performance of his pro boxing career.”

Alvarez has a record of 52-1-2, Kovalev 34-3-1.

Alvarez is 29 years old, Kovalev 36.

Alvarez scored 35 wins by KO or TKO, Kovalev 29.


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