No fake beef to sell a fight here … Sergey Kovalev tells TMZ Sports like him expressing admiration Canelo Alvarez … and is a GIANT fan of the superstar boxer.
But for those thirsting for blood, do not sweat it … Kovalev says he'll try to reach his damn goal Canelos ass as they fight in Vegas on Saturday night.
Kovalev surprised the boxing fans when he failed during a backstage meeting with Canelo at a promotional event for their mega-fight on DAZN on November 2 … and even invited Alvarez to take a selfie .
Some people have asked Sergey for the selfie move, but The Krusher says he does not feel the need to create fake beef just to sell tickets.
"I like his boxing style," Sergey tells us … "He's really a great champion and I follow him like my whole car in 2011, when I met him because I saw him With Gennady Golovkin and then I started to follow him. "
As much as Kovalev Canelo likes, he realized that as soon as they face each other on Saturday, he's in search of blood … until the last bell rings.
"In the ring we will be like the athletes, we will be like athletes, like boxers, boxers should beat each other and after the fight we will be friends again, this is just sport."
Love is not just one-sided … we also talked to Canelo, who was Kovalev's compliment.