No fake beef to sell a fight here … Sergey Kovalev recounts TMZ Sports he admires thoroughly Canelo Alvarez … and is a huge fan of the superstar boxer.
But, for those who are thirsty for blood, do not worry … Kovalev says he's going to try to do everything possible to beat Canelo's ass when they fight Saturday night in Vegas.
Kovalev surprised boxing fans when he was a fan during a behind-the-scenes encounter with Canelo during a promotional event for their mega-fight on November 2nd on DAZN … even asking Alvarez to take a selfie.
Some people have recognized Sergey for the selfie movement, but The Krusher says he does not feel the need to create fake beef just to sell tickets.
"I love his boxing style," Sergey tells us … "He's really a great champion, and I've been doing it since my entire career from 2011, when I met him." Because I saw how he was training with Gennady Golovkin and after that, I started to follow him. "
Although Kovalev liked Canelo, he was clear that once they faced each other on Saturday, he was bleeding … until the final ring.
"Inside the ring, we will be like the athletes, we will be like the athletes, like the boxers, the boxers should hit each other and after the fight we will be friends again. . "
The love is not only unilateral … we also talked to Canelo, who was super laudatory of Kovalev.