Canelo Alvarez to Challenge Light Heavyweight World Titlist Sergey Kovalev in November

It’s a case of a little gain for the pain for Canelo Alvarez..

The 29-year-old Mexican professional boxer and middleweight world champion is set to climb two weight divisions to challenge light heavyweight world titlist Sergey Kovalev.

Canelo Alvarez

In a fight finalized on Friday, Alvarez and Kovalev will meet on November 2 (DAZN) at the MGM Grand Garden Arenain Las Vegas. 

Alvarez didn’t demand a catchweight in an attempt to drop Kovalev below the division limit of 175 pounds.

Golden Boy Promotionshad hoped to stage the fight at the larger T-Mobile Arena, but the NHL‘s Vegas Golden Knightshave a home game on November 2.

Kovalev is by far the biggest name in the light heavyweight division.

Alvarez, who pressed for the fight, will have the opportunity to win a world title in a fourth weight division after claiming belts at junior middleweight and middleweight and a secondary title at super middleweight.

If Alvarez wins, he would become only the fourth fighter in boxing history to win world titles at junior middleweight and light heavyweight. The other three — Sugar Ray LeonardThomas Hearnsand Mike McCallum— are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

“The second phase of my career is continuing just as we had planned, and that’s why we are continuing to make great fights to enter into the history books of boxing,” Alvarez said. “That’s also why I’ve decided to jump two weight classes against one of the most feared champions of recent years.

“Kovalev is a dangerous puncher, and he’s naturally the bigger man, but that’s the kind of challenges and risks that I like to face.”

Alvarez, boxing’s biggest star, has never fought at a weight heavier than 167¼ pounds, which is what he was for his third-round knockout win over Rocky Fieldingto win a secondary super middleweight belt in New York in December. Alvarez returned to the 160-pound middleweight division for his next fight in May, a unanimous decision to unify three belts against Daniel Jacobs.

The deal between Golden Boy, Alvarez’s promoter, and Main Events, which represents Kovalev, had been close for the past week. It got hung up, sources told ESPN, when Top Rank— which has rights to Kovalev stemming from a deal it made with Main Events to put his February rematch with Eleider “Storm” Alvarezon ESPN+— sought a low seven-figure fee to give up its involvement in the bout.

After days at a stalemate, Main Events agreed Wednesday to pay Top Rank what it was seeking. Once that contract was signed, Main Events signed the deal it had made with Golden Boy to finalize the November 2 fight. Part of the agreement gives DAZN rights to future Kovalev fights, at least one if he beats Alvarez — possibly a rematch — and two if he loses, before he would return to ESPN under his Top Rank agreement, according to a source.

Fifth Harmony to Perform the National Anthem at the NHL All-Star Game

Ally Brooke Hernandez and Lauren Jauregui are hitting the rink…

The Latina singers and their fellow Fifth Harmony groupmates will perform at the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Fifth Harmony

The 62nd annual event, which will also feature performances by Nick Jonas and Carly Rae Jepsen, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 29, and will air on NBC.

Jepsen will kick things off with the Canadian national anthem before the game, and Fifth Harmony will follow with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Jonas, meanwhile, will perform during the game’s second intermission.

“We are pleased with the incredible lineup of entertainment that we put together for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend,” said Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer and executive vice president. “The All-Star Weekend will feature three days of can’t-miss events, including the NHL100 celebration on Friday night, in a weekend where hockey takes over Hollywood. We are excited for Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen’s All-Star Game performances for our fans in L.A and those watching around the world.”

This will be Fifth Harmony’s second performance without Camila Cabello, following their debut as a quartet at the People’s Choice Awards last week.

The NHL All-Star Weekend will also include the NHL100 gala hosted by actor Jon Hamm honoring the league’s 100 greatest athletes of all time with guest appearances by John Legend and Robin Thicke, who will honor his late father Alan Thicke, as well as John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting.

This will be the third time Los Angeles will host the NHL All Star Game and the first since 2002.

Bufoni to Appear at the 2016 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

Leticia Bufoni is ready to Kid around…

The 23-year-old Brazilian professional street skateboarder is among several top athletes who’ve signed on to take part in the 2016 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

Leticia Bufoni

Bufoni, who became the only female athlete to win three X Games gold medals in the same year back in 2013, is nominated in the Queen of Swag category.

In addition to Bufoni, other top athletes set to participate include Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

In addition, Nickelodeon has lined up Nick Cannon, along with several other top athletes, to hit the stage at UCLA‘s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Also taking part are Curry’s Warriors teammate Klay Thompson and fellow NBA pro Iman Shumper (Cleveland Cavaliers); NFL players Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Von Miller (Denver Broncos); MLB player Prince Fielder (Texas Rangers); NHL player Tyler Toffoli (Los Angeles Kings); Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza (American Pharoah); professional snowboarder Jamie Anderson; and professional skateboarder Tony Hawk.

The awards show is set to tape Thursday and will air from 8:00-9:30 pm ET/PT on July 17.

Seattle Seahawks two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson will return as host, and retired NBA star Kobe Bryant is set to receive the Legend Award.

Prince Royce Releasing Bachata Song “Culpa al Corazon” This Week

Prince Royce is returning to his raíces …

After being on tour for a few months with Ariana Grande promoting his first English-language album Double Vision, the 26-year-old Dominican American singer revisits his Spanish roots with a new bachata song, according to Billboard.

Prince Royce

“Prince Royce’s “Culpa al Corazon” single will be released on November 13.

“I know that my fans are waiting for a new bachata song,” Royce told Billboard before his performance at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, where he performed “Back it Up” with Jennifer Lopez.

“Culpa” is Royce’s first single from his next Spanish studio album, which will drop in 2016.

This new bachata song won’t stop the Latin heartthrob from being part of America’s favorite holiday tradition: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

“I’m excited and happy, my family is from New York, so they can see me at the parade,” added Royce.

This year, Prince Royce will join Mariah Carey, Shawn Mendes, NHL legends Mark and Marty Howe, the cast of Broadway‘s School of Rock, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Chica and the gang from Sprout and Train, among others.

The 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will broadcast live Thursday, November 26, at 9:00 am ET on NBC.

Trujillo’s Metallica Partners with the San Jose Sharks for Metallica Night

Robert Trujillo is ready to rock the ice…

The 50-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates have declared January 21 as “Metallica Night,” on what will otherwise be a contest between their hometown team, the San Jose Sharks, and their NHL rivals the LA Kings.

Robert Trujillo

In a post on the band’s website, Metallica is threatening an evening of “Metalli-hockey mayhem.”

It’s not the first time the four-member group has brought sports and rock together. For the past two baseball seasons, the San Francisco Giants have teamed up with the homegrown heroes for a “Metallica Night,” a tradition that’s set to continue in May 2015.

The blurb on the new NHL initiative goes on, “ANOTHER Bay Area Metallica-sports tie-in?” Well, as some of you may know, we have been long supporters of the Sharks going back to the mid-90’s when the team moved permanently to San Jose… over the years we’ve made many treks down to the Shark Tank. So it’s actually pretty fitting that we finally connect with the team for a night of metal and hockey and we want you to come along and partake of the festivities with us. We’ll be on hand for the first strains of Seek & Destroy, kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love.”

“Metallica Night” tickets include a commemorative “Metalli-Sharks” shirt. A portion of all sales will benefit the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, which claims to be America’s “largest and most effective” grassroots environmental organization.

Colon to Perform at 2012 NHL All-Star Game

The Voice winner Javier Colon will be hitting the ice later this month…

Javier-Colon

The 33-year-old half-Dominican/half-Puerto Rican American acoustic soul singer will take the stage at the NHL All-Star Game to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Colon has previously performed the national anthem at the Orange Bowl, a Los Angeles Dodgers game and the home opener for the Buffalo Bills.

Meanwhile, Lyndon Slewidge has been picked to sing the Canadian national anthem.

But Colon and Slewidge won’t be the only musical guests at the big game…

Rap sensation Drake has been locked in to perform during the second intermission at the star-studded hockey event, while singer/rapper Outasight will sing his breakout single “Tonight Is the Night” during the player introductions.

This year’s all-star game will be taking place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, January 29