Saul "Canelo" Alvarez returns to the ring in his quest for history, as unified middleweight champion and WBA (regular) super middleweight champion moves up two weight classes to challenge WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev on Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live and exclusively on DAZN.
If Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) can have a successful trip up to 175 pounds, it would make him a four-division world champion and put him in the conversation of all-time great Mexican boxers.
Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs), a three-time 175-pound titleholder and formerly unified champion, successfully defended the WBO title in August against Anthony Yarde, but now he's in the biggest fight of his career.
Can Alvarez continue his trek towards being recognized as among the sport's best with another high-quality win? Or does Kovalev escape the demons from his two losses to Andre Ward and notch a career-defining victory?
Cinnamon vs. Kovalev live results, updates
11:30 pm It's time for the co-main event of Cinnamon vs. Kovalev as Ryan Garcia meets Romero Duno in lightweight action. Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), was initially scheduled to fight Avery Sparrow in the Co-Main Event of the Jaime Munguia-Patrick Allotey card in Carson, Calif. On Sept. 14. But the fight didn't take place when Sparrow was arrested before the weigh-ins on an outstanding warrant because of a gun charge in Philadelphia. Golden Boy Promotions attempted to keep Garcia on the card and have him face Duno on 24 hours' notice.
That didn't work out, but less than a week later, Garcia and Golden Boy agreed to a multiyear deal that was deemed by Garcia to be "one of the most lucrative deals for a prospect". Along with the new contract, Garcia was given the fight with Duno.
Duno (21-1, 16 KOs) steps in the ring for the fourth time in 2019. He fought on the same card Garcia was supposed to fight, and retired Ivan Delgado in the seventh round to run his winning streak to 12.
We'll know how good Garcia is after this fight. Duno is the legit as they come. Can he derail the Garcia hype train or is the 21-year-old with 3.7 million Instagram followers the real deal?
Seniesa Estrada wins decision over Marlen Esparza to become interim WBA flyweight champion
10:50 pm: Def. Esparza by unanimous decision (90-81, 89-82, 88-83) to win the vacant interim WBA women's flyweight title.
The fight went to the scorecards after the ninth round because between rounds nine and ten, referee Robert Byrd asked Esparza if she could see. Esparza said no and Byrd waved it off. Since the fight ended due to an accidental headbutt, the bout goes to the judges scorecards.
The fight going three minute rounds made it more entertaining. Normally, when it's two minutes the fighters are just getting into a rhythm and the horn sounds for the competitors to go back to their respective corners. The headbutt clearly took its toll on Esparza and Estrada capitalized for the remainder of the contest to the point Esparza was forced to quit on the stool.
10:31 pm A fun fight through five rounds. Very shocked the fight is continuing after Darkness suffered a deep gash on her forehead after a clash of heads in the fifth round. I have never seen a hole in a fighter's head like that.
10:06 pm Up next at Cinnamon vs. Kovalev, Seniesa Estrada and Marlen Esparza meet for the vacant interim WBA women's flyweight title. Estrada (17-0, 7 KOs) is on a roll, having stopped her last five opponents. Esparza (7-0, 1 KOs) fights for the second time since having a baby in January. The 2012 Olympian returned in July, defeating Sonia Osorio by unanimous decision.
Remember, this fight is 10 rounds, and each round will be three minutes, which is long overdue for women fighters. Esparza has fought three minute rounds in the past, and it will be the first time for Estrada. Intrigued to see the strategy both women apply to having more time.
Blair Cobbs gets dropped, rebounds to stop Carlos Ortiz
9:45 pm: Cobbs def. Ortiz by TKO at 3:00 of the sixth round to win the vacant NABF welterweight title.
Ortiz walked back to his corner after getting sent to the canvas and told his corner his ribs hurt after a series of hard body shots in the sixth and could not come out for the seventh round.
After getting dropped in the first round, Cobbs fought smarter and stayed away from Ortiz's left hand. When Cobbs saw an opening in Ortiz, he pounced on the opportunity with a hard shot after another.
The 29-year-old can talk as good as he fights and is starting to become must-see. Hopefully, he continues to get brought along slowly and perhaps by the end of 2020, early 2021 and Cobbs competes for a world title.
9:37 pm Cobbs returns the favor in the sixth round with a left hook followed by a right hand to send Ortiz to the mat. Cobbs is well in control. Only a matter of time.
9:20 pm Ortiz drops Cobbs with a left hook at the end of the first round. Cobbs was dropped by Villalobos in his last fight. He recovered just fine in that fight. Can he do the same here?
9:16 pm Love the entrance of Cobbs, who came to the music of WWE legend Triple H. Just wish he would spit water when he walked into the ring.
– DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) November 3, 2019
9:15 pm The Cinnamon vs. Kovalev main card begins with Carlos Ortiz vs. Blair Cobbs for the vacant NABF welterweight title. Ortiz (11-4, 11 KOs) comes in having lost three consecutive bouts. Cobbs (12-0-1, 8 KOs) fights for the fourth time in 2019. Most recently, in August, Cobbs knocked out Steve Villalobos. This should be nothing more than a showcase fight for Cobbs.
Cinnamon vs. Kovalev undercard results
8:56 pm Evan Holyfield def. Nick Winstead by TKO at 0:16 of the first round.
Holyfield came out and went right to Winstead with a barrage of shots punctuated by dropping him with a short right cross to send Winstead to the canvas. Right as Winstead rose to his feet, the referee stopped it. The horrible stoppage. It was very premature. Winstead wasn't going to win, but you have to give a bit of time to see if he could come back. It's hard to assess the 22-year-old Holyfield based off of this short contest.
– DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) November 3, 2019
8:52 pm The Final Preliminary Bout of Cinnamon vs. Kovalev features the professional debut of Evan Holyfield, the son of heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, taking on current MMA amateur fighter Nick Winstead in junior middleweight action.
8:50 pm ET: Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of the WBO light heavyweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. Grab the refreshments and stay locked in as to what should be an exciting night of action. Here's what happened in the first three fights of the night:
- Bakhram Murtazaliev def. Jorge Fortea by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110); Jr. Middleweight
- Tristan Kalkreuth def. Twon Smith via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 39-37); Cruiserweight
- Meiirim Nursultanov def. Cristian Olivas by unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90); Middleweight
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What time does Cinnamon vs. Kovalev start?
- Undercard: 6:30 pm ET
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Cinnamon-Kovalev main event: 12:15 a.m. ET (approximate)
The Canelo-Kovalev undercard will begin at 6:30 pm ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will follow at 9 pm ET. The Canelo-Kovalev fight is expected to start about 12:15 pm ET, although it will depend on the length of the earlier fights. It also depends on the length of UFC 244, as the Canelo-Kovalev fight will start after Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz is over.
Cinnamon vs. Kovalev fight card
|Cinnamon Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev||Light heavyweight||Wbo|
|Ryan Garcia vs. Romero Duno||Lightweight|
|Seniesa Road vs. Marlen Esparza||Flyweight||WBA (Interim)|
|Blair Cobbs vs. Carlos Ortiz||Welterweight||NABF|
|Evan Holyfield vs. Nick winstead||Junior middleweight|
|Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Jorge Fortea||Junior Middlweight|
|Tristan Kalkreuth vs. Twon smith||Cruiserweight|
|Meiirim Nursultanov vs. Cristian Olivas||Middleweight|
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