As Canelo readies himself to challenge Sergey Kovalev for his light heavyweight title on November 2nd, Canelo confirms that doesn’t intend to come into that fight too undersized, hoping to weigh-in right at the light heavyweight limit of 175lbs.
For Canelo, who has mostly been campaigning around middleweight, that’ll mean he’ll need to get a little bit sturdier to deal with a much bigger opponent than he’s accustomed to. So he says he’ll be lifting weights in an effort to bulk up a little bit, although he does says he’ll be doing more reps as opposed to heavy weights so that he doesn’t get too stiff and slow.
“I will be on weight at 175 pounds. That’s what I’m going to weigh, 175 pounds. God willing, that’s what we’re working on,” explained Canelo, before a gym declaration.
“I’m lifting more weights. I hadn’t lifted that much previously. A lot of reps but not that much weight. So I’m lifting more weights, eating more carbs, eating protein.”
Canelo’s trainer, Eddie Reynoso, says that so far they’ve had no setbacks in Canelo’s training camp, and that they’ve brought in bigger sparring partners for Canelo, who has been faring well in those sessions.
Of course jumping up a couple of divisions is no easy feat, but Canelo says in order to cement his legacy he must take some risks, which is precisely what he’s doing in this outing.