Canelo Alvarez’s Canelo vs Bivol lofty ambition eventually caught up with him on Saturday as the pound-for-pound king met his match in the form of unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), a four- division champion, landed a career-low 84 punches overall overall 12 rounds as Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) reckoned on his defense and accurate punching to pull the worried via amicable decision inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All three judges scored it 115-113 for Bivol in a fight that appeared anything but competitive as CBS Sports scored it 119-109 in favor of Bivol.
Canelo vs Bivol
“I am sorry I ruined your plans (for a fall trio fight against) Gennadiy Golovkin, perhaps,”Bivol said.”Congrats to (Alvarez), he is a great champion and I admire him. But if you do not believe in yourself, what do you do? You will not achieve anything. I believe and my platoon believes.”
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Six months after getting the first undisputed super middleweight champion of the four-belt period, Alvarez moved back over to 175 pounds for the first time since claiming the WBC title via knockout from Sergey Kovalev in 2019. But during the same week he teased a possible unborn move to heavyweight, Alvarez was unfit to break through the specialized strength of Bivol, a former Russian amateur star whose strength is muting the offense of his opponents.
Bivol’s poke was on point throughout and he constantly responded to any single punch landed by Alvarez with clean combinations in return. Bivol allowed Alvarez to stand at close range in front of him but noway gave him a clean enough strike zone to land upon.
Utmost of the damage Alvarez did connect on was to the left shoulder and arm of Bivol, who stayed establishment behind his high guard.
“I felt his power. As you can see from my arm, he beat my arm up but not my head,”Bivol said.”It’s better. He’d a good speed and power. Perhaps his mistake was he threw only hard punches. After hard punches, he relaxed and tired.
“I was feeling great. This was the biggest fight of my career and I enjoyed this fight. When the people booed me, it gave me more energy.”
Alvarez, whose former lone defeat came against Floyd Mayweather in 2013, connected on just 17 of his punches against Bivol and was outlanded by a periphery of 152 to 84, according to CompuBox.
“He is a great champion. Occasionally in boxing, you win or lose. I lost moment and he won,”Alvarez said.”He is a really good fighter. He is a fighter who comes in and goes out. I also felt his power. It was a good palm for him.”
After the fight, Alvarez participated expedients for a rematch, to which Bivol sounded willing.
“A rematch? No problem. Let’s talk about a rematch,”Bivol said.”I took this fight because I just wanted the occasion and I appreciate the occasion. I’m ready for the rematch, I just want to make sure I win and am treated like a champion now.”
Away on the card, Montana Love earned a amicable decision over Gabriel Gollaz in a fight where both men were knocked down in the first many rounds. Still, the rest of the bout didn’t reach the same excitement position. Shakhram Giyasov also earned a decision over Chrsitian Gomez while prospect Marc Castro continued his development with a palm over Pedro Vincente.
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Alvarezvs. Bivol fight card, results
Dmitry Bivol (c) def. Saul”Canelo”Alvarez via amicable decision (115-113, 115-113, 115-113)
Montana Love def. Gabriel Gollaz via amicable decision (114-112, 114-112, 114-112)
Shakhram Giyasov def. Christian Gomez via amicable decision (99-88, 99-88, 98-89)
Marc Castro def. Pedro Vicente via amicable decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Zhilei Zhang def. Scott Alexander via first- round knockout
Alvarezvs. Bivol scorecard