Canelo Alvarez, the unified middleweight champion, will be moving up two weight classes to face Sergey Kovalev, the light-heavyweight champion for the WBO light-heavyweight championship on Saturday, November 2.
Alvarez (51-1-2, 35KOs) is a heavy favorite in match over Kovalev (34-3-1, 29KOs) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
GARCIA v. DUNO
Ryan Garcia returns to the ring on Saturday night to battle it out against Romero Duno.
21-year-old boxing sensation Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) was originally scheduled to fight on September 14 but just one day before, his opponent Avery Sparrow pulled a no-show on the scales during weigh-in. It was later revealed that Sparrow had been arrested for a prior charge and the fight would have to be canceled.
Garcia will be entering the ring coming off a second-round TKO over Jose Lopez in March. Garcia dropped Lopez with a vicious uppercut, which convinced Garcia’s corner to end the bout early.
Garcia will now be fighting Romero Duno (21-1, 16 KOs), who has won 12 straight fights after suffering his only pro defeat — a unanimous decision loss to Mikhail Alexeev in May 2016.
The 24-year-old Duno is coming off a corner stoppage victory with blow after blow against Ivan Delgado on that same Sept. 14 card that Garcia was supposed to fight Sparrow on.
The question is now whether Garcia will walk out of the ring a step closer to a lightweight world title shot or if Duno will steal the spotlight on his own quest to a title shot.
ESTRADA v. ESPARZA
Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada and Marlen Esparza are finally taking their rivalry into the ring on Saturday night where they get to fight it out and maybe even settle their differences.
Bad blood brewing since their amateur days, ask either of them why their issues started and they will point the finger at the other. Estrada (17-0, 7KOs) and Esparza (7-0, 1KO) are both undefeated with Estrada clearly having more experience and apparent punch power compared to her opponent. It should be noted though that Esparza only turned pro two years ago which has her moving at a much faster rate than “Super Bad” who has been a pro boxer for over eight years.
COBBS v. ORTIZ
Undefeated welterweight, Blair “The Flair” Cobbs, is looking to steal the show when he faces Carlos Ortiz.
Cobbs (12-0-1, 8KOs) is the clear favorite versus Ortiz (11-4, 11KOs) but in boxing one thing is very clear and that is that just one punch can change everything. Ortiz has undeniable power behind his punches with all of his wins being by way of knockout.
All fights can be streamed on DAZN beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).