Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will return to the ring in November as he attempts to win a world title in a remarkable fourth weight division.
Alvarez unified the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts in May when he claimed a points win over Daniel Jacobs.
He was stripped of the IBF belt after a clash with Sergiy Derevyanchenko well through but the 29-year-old has his sights set elsewhere now.
The 29-year-old former super-welterweight champion claimed glory at super-middleweight with his victory over Rocky Fielding in December.
He is now set for a new challenge later this year.
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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez next fight: When is he returning and who is he facing?
Alvarez will face Russia’s Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light-heavyweight title on November 2.
Kovalev defended his belt with a stoppage win over Britain’s Anthony Yarde in August.
Alvarez will move up two weight classes for the clash in one of his toughest tests to date.
The Mexican tweeted: “It’s official. I am happy to announce that I will climb 2 categories to face one of the most powerful rivals in this division.
“This November 2 will be one of the biggest challenges of my career. Let’s make history together. Let’s go for 4x World Champion.”
The fight will take place at famous MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be Alvarez’s seventh clash at the arena.
The only defeat of his 55 fight professional career came at the MGM Grand when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev: Tale of the tape
Alvarez – Kovalev
Nationality: Mexican – Russian
Age: 29 – 36
Height: 5ft 8 – 6ft
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 70 in – 72 in
Record: 52-1-2 – 34-3-1
KOs: 35 – 29
Rounds: 391 – 173
Debut: 29/10/2005 – 25/7/2009
Nickname: Canelo – Krusher