DAZN and Uninterrupted bring you an intimate portrait of two fighters on the precipice of battle. On top of the boxing world, the pride of Jalisco, Canelo Alvarez is risking his throne moving up two weight classes. In an effort to solidify his legacy in the sport, Canelo trains with a singular focus, making history. A dangerous and naturally bigger fighter with nothing to lose, Sergei Kovalev stands in the opposite corner. Highly motivated and seeking redemption this may be the Russian’s last shot at glory. With unprecedented access into both camps, 40 DAYS: CANELO VS. KOVALEV sets out to discover what makes two great fighters more than an athlete.
Somatic embedded production in both fighters’ camps leading up to the bout, with a big point of emphasis being to present this story in a way that felt unique and original. Both Canelo and Kovalev were stepping out of their respective comfort zones for this fight and it was important that our filmmaking did the same. We constantly pushed ourselves to try something new with each shot. If a frame ever felt safe, or felt like something we had done before, we would shake it up. Go high, go low, frame for negative space. Add motion, create a flare, put a prism in front of the lens. We wanted to be on our toes the entirety of the two week production. This wasn’t just a camera exercise for the sake of creating pretty images, it was deliberately implemented to serve the story - Canelo was going up two weight classes, moving into unknown territory, and Kovalev was making his last stand with a new trainer. Boxing and filmmaking are similar in that they are both unpredictable, anything can happen, and it’s those that adapt who create the most memorable moments. 40 DAYS: CANELO VS. KOVALEV is the embodiment of this philosophy in a 3 part series.
Boxing is a sport of extremes. At the same time beautiful and brutal, it is an intensely personal world wide spectacle. To emulate this duality in our edits we used staccato cuts between both camps punctuated by moments of quiet intimacy and vulnerability, all working in concert to create a visually symbolic dance between the fighters. The edit ebbs and flows with the rhythm of each fighter's workout, taking moments for introspection while always continuing to move towards their eventual confrontation. Told through interviews with non-boxers at the height of their respective careers, the story is one of ambition and redemption, of violence and grace, technique and brute strength. The editorial weaves a tapestry that builds palpable anticipation for one the biggest nights in these fighters’ careers.