RENO, Nevada – Bob Arum would’ve attended the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev fight Saturday night if his company weren’t promoting a show of its own in another state.

The 87-year-old Arum is intrigued by their fight for Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight title. Arum’s company also has a promotional stake in Kovalev, who gave contractual options to Top Rank Inc. as part of his deal for an immediate rematch against Eleider Alvarez that was streamed by ESPN+ on February 2.

But Arum isn’t all that disappointed about not being able to attend the Alvarez-Kovalev fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In fact, Arum claimed in an interview with over the weekend that the main event of his show, Miguel Berchelt-Jason Sosa, is a “better fight” than the higher-profile battle between Mexico’s Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) and Russia’s Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs).

“I have a fight that may not be as marquee as Canelo-Kovalev, but it’s a better fight,” Arum said. “Berchelt and Sosa is a sensational fight. Sosa always comes to fight.”

Mexico’s Berchelt (36-1, 31 KOs) will defend his WBC super featherweight title against Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs), a former WBA 130-pound champion from Camden, New Jersey. ESPN will broadcast Berchelt-Sosa as the headliner of a doubleheader from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

“I think it’s a terrific fight,” Arum said. “That could go either way. I mean, Sosa is competitive with anybody. And Berchelt is a very good fighter, you know, strong. I love that fight. I can’t wait to see that fight. I’m sorry I’m missing the Canelo-Kovalev fight, but I have a great fight that night.”

ESPN’s telecast is set to begin at 10:30 p.m. EDT/7:30 p.m. PDT. In the opening bout, the Philippines’ Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KOs) will defend his IBF junior bantamweight title against Mexican contender Jonathan Rodriguez (21-1, 15 KOs) in a 12-rounder.

Coverage of Top Rank’s entire card will begin on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.

The streamed undercard will feature the return of junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo, who hasn’t fought since Maurice Hooker knocked him out in the seventh round of their WBO 140-pound title fight last November 16 in Saucedo’s hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Saucedo (28-1, 18 KOs) will face Rod Salka (24-5, 4 KOs), of Bunola, Pennsylvania, in an eight-rounder.

DAZN will stream Alvarez-Kovalev as the main event of a seven-bout card (6:30 p.m. EDT/3:30 p.m. PDT).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.