Canelo Alvarez’s lofty ambition sooner or later stuck up with him on Saturday as the pound-for-pound king met his healthy in the shape of unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
Alvarez (fifty seven-2-2, 39 KOs), a 4-department champion, landed a career-low 84 punches common 12 rounds as Bivol (20-0, eleven KOs) relied on his defense and accurate punching to drag the dissatisfied thru unanimous decision inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All three judges scored it 115-113 for Bivol in a fight that appeared something however competitive as CBS Sports scored it 119-109 in favor of Bivol.
“I’m sorry I ruined your plans [for a fall trilogy fight against] Gennadiy Golovkin, maybe,” Bivol said. “Congrats to [Alvarez], he’s a brilliant champion and I admire him. But if you don’t consider in yourself, what do you do? You won’t gain whatever. I believe and my crew believes.”
Six months after becoming the primary undisputed exceptional middleweight champion of the four-belt era, Alvarez moved back up to a hundred seventy-five kilos for the first time since claiming the WBC name through a knockout from Sergey Kovalev in 2019. But throughout the identical week he teased a possible destiny pass to heavyweight, Alvarez become unable to break via the technical strength of Bivol, a former Russian novice famous person whose energy is muting the offense of his opponents.
Bivol’s jab was on factor during and he consistently responded to any single punch landed by using Alvarez with easy mixtures in return. Bivol allowed Alvarez to face at near range in front of him however in no way gave him an easy sufficient strike zone to land upon.
Most of the harm Alvarez did join on turned into to the left shoulder and arm of Bivol, who stayed company at the back of his excessive guard.
“I felt his power. As you could see from my arm, he beat my arm up but not my head,” Bivol said. “It’s higher. He had a good pace and power. Maybe his mistake become he threw only tough punches. After difficult punches, he was cozy and worn-out.
“I turned into feeling exceptional. This was the most important fight of my career and I enjoyed this combat. When the people booed me, it gave me greater strength.”
Alvarez, whose previous lone defeat came in opposition to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, related on simply 17% of his punches towards Bivol and turned into outlined by means of a margin of 152 to 84, in line with CompuBox.
“He’s an exceptional champion. Sometimes in boxing, you win or lose. I misplaced it today and he received it,” Alvarez said. “He’s a without a doubt suitable fighter. He’s a fighter who comes in and goes out. I also felt his electricity. It becomes a good victory for him.”
After the combat, Alvarez shared hopes for a rematch, to which Bivol appeared inclined.
“A rematch? No problem. Let’s communicate about a rematch,” Bivol said. “I took this combat due to the fact I just wanted the opportunity and I admire the possibility. I am ready for the rematch, I just need to ensure I win and am treated like a champion now.”
Elsewhere on the card, Montana Love earned a unanimous decision over Gabriel Gollaz in a combat in which both guys were knocked down within the first few rounds. However, the rest of the bout did no longer attain the identical exhilaration level. Shahram Giyasov additionally earned a selection over Christian Gomez whilst prospect Marc Castro endured his development with a win over Pedro Vincente.
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