By Ryan Burton
BIG BEAR, CALIF. - BoxingScene.com recently caught up with world class trainer Abel Sanchez and discussed a variety of topics. One of those topics is a potential September 14th showdown where Canelo Alvarez would move up two weight classes to challenge Sergey Kovalev for his WBO light heavyweight title.
Canelo has mostly campaigned at middleweight the past few years but did move up to 168 pounds in December to win the WBA 'regular" title when he stopped Rocky Fielding.
Before moving up to the 160 pound middleweight limit, Alvarez faced Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a 164 pound catchweight.
Sanchez believes that Alvarez, who is considered a short middleweight at 5'8", has the necessary skills to defeat the much taller Kovalev who stands 6' tall.
“The one thing about Canelo though - I still think we beat him in the two fights with Gennadiy - but Canelo seems to adapt well and I see beating Kovalev honestly," said Sanchez. "I see him beating Kovalev down and knocking him out with a body shot. For some reason I just think that is very possible for Canelo.
As for Canelo's ability to take the hard hitting Russian's power, Sanchez doesn't believe Kovalev will be able to land a flush punch to really test his chin.
I don’t think Kovalev will hit him. I mean not with a clean shot. We touched him with Gennadiy but we never really touched him with a clean shot. He’s got good defense but most of all he wants to fight. He wants to go in there and do his thing. As long as he does that he will be a little bit faster than Kovalev and I think he hits him to the body and may stop him,” Sanchez told BoxingScene.com.
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