By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will play host to a monumental clash of two boxing titans in the early hours of Sunday morning as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez takes on Sergey Kovalev.
With the WBO world light-heavyweight title on the line and a chance for Canelo to secure a world-title in four separate weight divisions, Kovalev will have to be at his best to have any chance of stopping boxing’s biggest star from ripping away his belt.
We preview that fight as well as Katie Taylor’s bout with Christina Linardatou.
The pride of Mexico
There are just 18 professional boxers in history to have secured a world-title at four different weight classes and Canelo can join that list on Sunday morning. He would join compatriots Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Jorge Arce in achieving the feat and would truly etch his name among the sport’s great if can emerge victorious.
A debut at light-heavyweight against one of the division’s longest standing champions stands in the way of a place in boxing history and the lineal middleweight world champion is 2/9 to take home the belt.
Brutal body shots have been the staple strength of Canelo’s arsenal in recent fights, not least against Rocky Fielding, who he defeated with a crushing body blow in the early rounds of their super-middleweight world title fight last year.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kovalev suffer a similar demise, who boasts a significant height advantage over Canelo shared by Fielding and you can get the Mexican to win within the first six rounds at 13/2, enhanced from 11/2.
An unlikely upset?
It’s difficult to look past Canelo in this fight, but a debut at light-heavyweight presents weight cutting problems that could prove a factor in the outcome.
Fighting at 165 pounds has been Kovalev’s favoured weight throughout his career and, although the Russian heads into this bout at a veteran age of 36, he has showed a steely engine and looked comfortable in the later rounds in his last few fights.
Kovalev will have to keep Canelo at range if he has any chance of winning this fight, but a well planned and executed game plan could see the fight run deep into the later rounds and Kovalev to win by decision or technical decision is available at 9/1.
Katie Taylor vs Christina Linardatou – Taylor to prove far too good
It was mixed emotions for Katie Taylor in her last fight.
What was undoubtedly one of the highlights of her thriving career, winning the title of undisputed lightweight world champion against Delfine Persoon, her performance was met with split reviews.
A hard fought fight, the Belgian Persoon had looked to have done enough across the 10 rounds, but it was no surprise when Taylor’s hand was raised – she’s by far and away the top economic commodity on the women’s boxing scene right now.
She’ll fight to become a two-weight world champion on Saturday in Manchester at junior-welterweight, needing a statement performance to put her critics to bed, and at 1/25 to take home the belt, a sixth career TKO is all but necessary. You can get her to stop Linardatou by KO, TKO or DQ at a handsome 5/2.