Canelo Alvarez feels fresh and strong as he winds down training camp for his light heavyweight debut November 2.

His size disadvantage aside, Alvarez believes he is completely prepared to beat Sergey Kovalev in their 12-round, 175-pound title fight in Las Vegas. Russia’s Kovalev has fought within the light heavyweight division his entire career, but Alvarez isn’t the least bit worried about moving up two weight classes to box the WBO champion in a main event DAZN will stream from MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“I’m entering his zone of comfort, but we’re ready for this,” Alvarez said during an open workout Wednesday in San Diego. “We have the intelligence and skill to beat Kovalev, and win the fight. It’s going to be one of the most important fights for me and my career. This title is very important, to be a four-time world champion in different divisions. This is historic for my career. In boxing, you have to take risks to make history and it’s a huge risk for my career, but we’re ready.”

Mexico’s Alvarez is a 4-1 favorite over Kovalev, even though the defending champion owns considerable height and reach advantages. The 5-feet-8 Alvarez stands four inches shorter than Kovalev, but the WBA middleweight champion thinks training to fight at the highest weight of his career has been beneficial.

“I feel good,” Alvarez said. “This is the weight I’m usually at during my normal life, so it’s natural for me. I’ve been eating well, lifting more weights because I normally don’t lift weights when I’m losing weight. I’ve been eating how I normally do, of course staying healthy, but adding more rice, protein and carbohydrates.”

The 29-year-old Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) feels he’ll have plenty of strength to hurt Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), who has exhibited vulnerability in taking body blows.

“We feel that we have the necessary skills to win this fight,” Alvarez said. “I’m going to utilize all my skills in the ring. A body punch is always necessary in every fight, and it’s a key move that I’m obviously going to utilize to my advantage to win this fight. We know what he has and what this challenge represents. We know he has long arms, his jab is really strong, and he knows how to move. But we’ve trained for this. He’s my strongest opponent without a doubt, and it’s a huge risk for me, but we’re ready.” 

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