Canelo Alvarez's chances of beating Sergey Kovalev might depend on how strong he can hit the body.

Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is attempting to make history by moving two weight classes up to face Kovalev. Ahead of their superfight, many in boxing were convinced that Canelo can win against the bigger Kovalev if he can work perfectly inside the body.

Last month, former light heavyweight champ and former Kovalev foe Andre Ward already mentioned that Canelo has the advantage inside. However, Ward believes that the reach and height of Kovalev will be a challenge for Canelo.

“I can see Canelo stopping him. But the only question is how is he gonna get to the reach, consistently enough,” Ward said.

“I can see him stopping Kovalev if he can get inside,” Ward predicted.

A few days ago, someone who was also aware of how to beat Kovalev spoke about the Russian fighter’s challenges in taking body shots. According to John David Jackson, who used to train Kovalev in the past, he had troubles with Kovalev’s attitude when he tried to teach him how to deal with fighters who hit hard in the body.

Jackson also pointed out that due Kovalev’s stubbornness in learning how to counter body shots, the Russian champ paid the price in some of his past fights.

“He was stubborn also when I tried to teach him how to fight on the inside. Now he can’t deal with fighters when they go to the body,” Jackson recalled.

With all these statements coming from people who knew Kovalev’s game, there’s a good chance that Canelo could really win via TKO due to a body shot.

Meanwhile, Canelo recently addressed his relationship with his promoter Oscar De La Hoya. According to Canelo, despite all the controversies, he and De La Hoya should still work together as it is what is supposed to be.

“Oscar and I have always worked well together,” Canelo told Los Angeles Times. I believe we are a team and we need to do things together so everything comes out the way that it’s supposed to,” Canelo said.

More importantly, Canelo shuts down De La Hoya’s statement regarding Canelo vs. Golovkin 3 happening in 2020. As per the recently stripped IBF middleweight champ, Golovkin and him are done.

“Oscar says many things that make no sense. Gennady Golovkin does not represent anything for me right now. He comes from practically fighting a nobody. He doesn’t represent a challenge that I haven’t had already in our two fights … For me, yes, we are finished,” Canelo pointed out.

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin Canelo Alvarez (L) inflicted Gennady Golovkin's first-ever loss in boxing. In this picture, Alvarez punches Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sept. 15, 2018. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images