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Canelo Alvarez has confirmed that he will climb up two weight classes to take on Sergey Kovalev on November 2.
The contest has been a while in the making, with many excited to see the Mexican make the jump as he looks to secure a world title in a fourth division.
Canelo was eventually hoping to fight this weekend (September 14) as part of the Mexican Independence Day celebrations, but failed to strike a deal with Kovalev or agree terms to fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko or Gennady Golovkin, in what would have been a trilogy clash.
Meanwhile 36-year-old veteran Kovalev is looking to sign off his career in style and with a massive pay-day, while defending his WBO strap.
After the contest, which will take place at the MGM Grand was announced, UFC fans couldn’t help but notice one thing about the bout.
It falls on the same date as the mouth-watering matchup between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.
The clash will be the main event for UFC 244 which will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In Las Vegas, fans will be three hours behind those in Manhattan and therefore it remains unlikely that the main events will overlap although the official schedules are yet to be confirmed.
Nonetheless, UFC fans all said the same thing once Canelo confirmed his return to the ring.
One said: “I’m a huge Canelo fan but sorry I’m watching UFC 244 without question. YA DONE F***** UP DAZN.”
Another put: “Nah on Nov 2 ill be Watching UFC 244 DiazVsMasvidal”
A third wrote: “Damn. Nobody is going to watch the Canelo fight that night! Everyone is going to Pay to watch #ufc244”
Another said: “UFC Diaz Masvidal will do more [PPV buys] than that trash a** Canelo fight in Vegas you can book it!”
Canelo has already won belts at light-welterweight, middleweight and super-middleweight and is looking to write a new chapter as part of his legacy on the sport.
His last outing was at 160lb when he beat Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision back in May.
He said after announcing the showdown with Kovalev: “It’s official. I am happy to announce that I will climb two categories to face one of the most powerful rivals in this division.
“November 2 will be one of the biggest challenges of my career. Let’s make history together, let’s go for four-time world champion.”