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× Sergey Kovalev eager to take on Canelo Alvarez at light heavyweight

Sergey Kovalev was considered by some to be washed up after he lost two straight fights to Andre Ward, the second by knockout. He got stopped again a few fights later, then had to rally in his native Russia to stop Anthony Yarde and retain his 175-pound title just last month.

His reward for persevering through adversity? A Nov. 2 fight with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez that Kovalev believes will…