Canelo Vs Bivol:- 2022 ( Cinco de Mayo Weekend )

Fight Bio

Attribute Canelo Álvarez Dmitry Bivol
Nationality Mexico Russia/Korea
Coach Eddy Reynoso ( Mexico National ) Gennadiy Mashyanov
Taylor Ramsdell – Strength & Conditioning Coach ( @taylor_ramsdell )
Joel Díaz ( Mexico National – Brother of Antonio Díaz and former world champion Julio Díaz )
Manager Eddy Reynoso Vadim Kornilov
Fight Promotion Matchroom:- Eddie Hearn Matchroom:- Frank Smith
Sparing Partners Israel Madrimov
Alexis Espino
Sergey Kuzmin

 

Portraits

Post Fights

Eddie Hearn, Dmitry Bivol, Vadim Kornilov

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Pre Fights

Dmitry Bivol’s Manager & Trainer ( Vadim Kornilov & Gennadiy Mashyanov )

 

 

Videos

Fight Highlights

  1. FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS | Canelo Álvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol
    • Profile
      • May 7th, 2022 — Canelo Álvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol from Las Vegas.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- DAZN Boxing
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link

Behind The Scenes

  1. Fight Night: Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol (Behind The Scenes)
    • Profile
      • Unseen footage and unique angles from Dmitry Bivol’s shock win over Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas on Saturday 7 May 2022.
      • Bivol retained his WBA World Light-Heavyweight Title over the pound for pound King via unanimous decision.
      • We take you behind the scenes on fight night which includes the undercard Montana Love, Zhilei Zhang, Marc Castro, Shakhram Giyasov & more!
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- DAZN Boxing
        Date Published:- 2022-May-10th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-10th
        Link

Pre-Fights

Interviews

Dmitry Bivol

  1. “Canelo comes to my division. I have to beat him.” – Dmitry Bivol Camp Feature
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Matchroom Boxing
        Date Published:- 2022-April-28th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
    • Spoken On

Interviews

Dmitry Bivol

  1. “In the ring, I have to be angry” | Dmitry Bivol Interview on The DAZN Boxing Show
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- DAZN Boxing
        Date Published:- 2022-May-6th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Ade Oladipo
    • Spoken On
      • Craig Richards
  2. “[KLITSCHKO] FORGET HE ONCE WAS SPORT!” DMITRY BIVOL RESPONDS TO WLADIMIR’S CANELO FIGHT CRITICISM!
    • Profile
      • WBA Light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol finally responds to heavy resistance from Wladimir Klitschko in sanctioning the fight with Canelo over the on-going war with Russia insisting Klitschko has forgotten what it once was to be in sport as he’s taken a more political stance, claps back at Bernard Hopkins who was quoted saying he believes canelo smashes up Bivol like Mashed Potatoes.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Behind The Gloves
        Date Published:- 2022-May-3rd
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Michelle Joy Phelps
    • Spoken On
      • Wladimir Klitschko
      • Bernard Hopkins

 

Post-Fights

Interviews

Dmitry Bivol

  1. DMITRY BIVOL ONLY ACCEPTS CANELO REMATCH IF TERMS ARE REDONE! REACTS TO MAYWEATHER $52,000 BET WIN
    • Profile
      • Dmitry Bivol shocked the world after defeating Canelo Alvarez at light heavyweight, reacts to Floyd Mayweather jr winning $52,000 bet on his win, and says only way rematch happens is if terms are renegotiated.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Behind The Gloves
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Dmitry Bivol
      • Vadim Kornilov
      • Michelle Joy Phelps
  2. DMITRY BIVOL FUNNY JOKE TO EDDIE HEARN AFTER STUNNING WIN OVER CANELO ALVAREZ
    • Profile
      • Dmitry Bivol gives his reaction to his shock victory over Canelo Alvarez.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Pro Boxing Fights
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Dmitry Bivol

Joel Díaz ( Dmitry Bivol – Trainer )

  1. “REMATCH? BIVOL DOES MORE DAMAGE!” DMITRY’S TRAINER JOEL DIAZ IMMEDIATE REACTION TO WIN OVER CANELO
    • Profile
      • Michelle Joy Phelps caught up with Dmitry Bivol’s trainer Joel Diaz immediately after Bivol defeated Canelo Alvarez.
      • We discuss the rematch, size difference and what’s next!
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Behind The Gloves
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Joel Díaz ( Dmitry’s Boxing Trainer )

Eddy Reynoso ( Canelo Alvarez – Trainer )

  1. EDDY REYNOSO REACTS TO CANELO UPSET LOSS TO DIMTRY BIVOL: “WE WANT THAT REMATCH”
    • Profile
      • It’s fight night! Multi-division world champion Canelo Alvarez was shocked by WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, losing to him in an upset via unanimous decision in their highly-anticipated May 7 showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. You don’t want to miss what went down before, during, and after the fight. Check it out!
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- FightHype.com
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-10th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Dimitry Bivol ( Canelo’s Boxing Trainer )

Eddie Hearn @ Matchroom

  1. Eddie Hearn reacts to Dmitry Bivol’s win over Canelo Alvarez
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- DAZN Boxing
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Eddie Hearn ( Boxing Promoter )
  2. EDDIE HEARN REACTS TO CANELO’S SHOCKING LOSS AGAINST BIVOL / BROOK RETIRING & FIRES BACK AT ELLERBE
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- iFL TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Eddie Hearn ( Boxing Promoter )
  3. Hearn REACTS! Compares Canelo LOSS to Joshua & talks REMATCH vs Bivol
    • Profile
      • Interviewed by Radio Radio Rahim | Hearn REACTS! Compares Canelo LOSS to Joshua & talks REMATCH vs Bivol
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Seconds Out
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Eddie Hearn ( Boxing Promoter )
    • Spoken On
      • Leonard Ellerbe
      • Gervonta Davis

Frank Smith @ Matchroom

  1. MATCHROOM CEO FRANK SMITH REACTS TO CANELO ALVAREZ LOSS TO DMITRY BIVOL
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Fight Hub TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-8th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Frank Smith ( Boxing Promoter – Matchroom )

Athlete Reactions

Alicia Baumhardner

  1. ALYCIA BAUMGARDNER IMMEDIATE REACTION AFTER BIVOL UNANIMOUS DECISION VICTORY OVER CANELO
    • Profile
      • In this video Alicia Baumhardner reacts to Dmitry Bivol’s career defining performance against pound for pound King Canelo Alvarez.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Fight Hub TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-7th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Alicia Baumhardner
    • Spoken On
      • Mikaela Mayer
        • Mikaela knows that I am at 130
        • If she want that work, she can come up
        • I will dog walk that bitch

Curtis Stevens

  1. “CANELO F**KED UP” – CURTIS STEVENS EXPLAINS CANELO MISTAKES & BIVOL KEYS TO UPSET VICTORY
    • Profile
      • FightHype.com recently caught up with middleweight contender Curtis Stevens, who was in the gym putting in work for an eventual return to the ring.
      • You don’t want to miss what he had to say about several topics, including this past weekend’s upset victory by Dmitry Bivol over Canelo.
      • Check it out!
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Fight Hub TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-10th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-12th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Curtis Stevens
    • Spoken On
      • Curtis Stevens
        • Bivol
          • Real Live Light Heavy Weight
        • Sergey Kovalev, Artur Beterbiev
          • Them ___ is real light
        • Rematch
          • I love ‘Nelo
          • I can’t be wish-wash just cause my guy lost
          • I got to go go back with my man Nelo
        • Errol Spence
          • Who will you pick to win the fight?
          • Spence, my man
          • I am just like you Champ, I am just there watching the fight

 

Jermell Charlo

  1. JERMELL CHARLO RAW TRUTH ON JERMALL VS. CANELO; KEEPS IT 100 ON “HATE TO SAY IT” ADVICE
    • Profile
      • It’s fight week! Unified WBC, WBA, & IBF jr. middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and WBO jr. middleweight champion Brian Castano are days away from their highly-anticipated May 14 showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
      • As we get closer to the event, you don’t want to miss what some of the biggest names in the sport had to say about the fight and much more. Check it out!
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Fight Hub TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-10th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-12th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Jermell Charlo
    • Spoken On
      • Louisiana
        • Home State
      • Ronnie Shields
        • Boxing Trainer

David Benavidez

  1. DAVID BENAVIDEZ REACTS TO CANELO UPSET LOSS TO BIVOL; RAW TRUTH ON CANELO MISTAKES & BIVOL SPARRING
    • Profile
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Fight Hub TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-10th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-12th
        Link
    • Participants
      • David Benavidez
    • Spoken On
      • Bivol
        • Conservative with his punches

Commentaries

Dan Rafael

  1. ‘IF I AM CANELO… NO WAY I REMATCH BIVOL’ – DAN RAFAEL BRUTALLY HONEST ON CANELO’S CRUSHING LOSS
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- iFL TV
        Date Published:- 2022-May-8th
        Date Added:- 2022-May-8th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Dan Rafael
      • Umar Ahmed ( iFL TV )

 

 

Eddy Reynoso ( Canelo Alvarez – Trainer )

EDDY REYNOSO REACTS TO CANELO UPSET LOSS TO DIMTRY BIVOL: “WE WANT THAT REMATCH”
Canelo
  1. Canelo, what keeps you motivated in the middle of a fight
    • Obviously pride keeps me motivated

 

Video Comments

Fight Highlights

FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS | Canelo Álvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol

  1. Edwin Siala
    • He can box moving backwards, he has a high guard always, has a chin that can take Canelo’s best shot and he has the jab that never fails and very heavy handed as well. Bivol had everything in his toolbox to win tonight. But props to Canelo. He does not just cherry pick fighters. But I think 175 is still too much for him. Congrats to Bivol. The win is well deserved.
  2. Jahnee Cash
    • Bivol is basically a faster, smarter, and younger version of GGG! Love how he kept his right glove always up to block those counters and kept that chin tucked in. Canelo is obviously still a beast, can’t wait for the rematch cause Canelo going to be training extra harder. Next fight should be a guarantee KO or bloodbath 🩸 💥 🥊
  3.  jramir2
    • That early round when he gave Canelo that combo then stepped back and waited. And he didn’t fall for Canelo’s taunting to fight, was so masterful. He weakened Canelo, got him emotionally unstable, and then made him chase. Completely wasted Canelo’s energy. And what, Canelo wanted a banger shot at the last rounds? Bivol saved all his energy towards the end. He freaking still had more than 3 quarters of a tank full. Absolute destruction. Death by a thousand cuts.
  4. KO_POWER 777
    • Bivol not only proved that he could beat Canelo and he strongly believed that from day 1 but he also showed what a great and respectful person he is.  Congratulations Bivol!🏆
  5. Julius Dades
    • Bivol’s jab neutralizes Canelo’s power punches. For a light heavyweight, Bivol’s foot work is amazing. Bivol’s in and out was critical, Canelo couldn’t time him. As as Canelo misses, Bivol’s touches him up with 3-4 combos and moves out or turns to control the distance.
  6. Robin Morales
    • The problem with Canelo is that he fought Bivol the same way he fought BJS and Caleb Plant, throwing nothing but power punches. That might’ve of worked against them but Bivol is a naturally bigger guy who fights people that are also naturally bigger so Canelo’s punches likely didn’t feel like anything he hadn’t felt before.
  7. Ibn Sabeel
    • Wow this is one of the best displays of discipline, mental preparedness and self control I’ve seen from a fighter. There was absolutely nothing Canelo could do to rattle Bivol. Bivol stuck to his game plan and just boxed. He didn’t get into a war and took zero damage. Smarter 🧠🎓💯🏆🙌 not harder.

 

Tweets

Post Fight Tweets

Claressa Shields ( @Claressashields )

Bivol ( 2022-May-7th 9:39 PM )

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  1. A lot went into Canelo losing tonight, Bivol was great, tall, strategic, in shape, threw combinations and had a GREAT CHIN!
  2. We all know Canelo punches hard!
  3. But he couldn’t hurt Bivol well conditioned and just a bigger guy!
  4. Canelo also only had 4 games plans. But a rematch?…

Canelo Losing Again ( 2022-May-7th 9:39 PM )

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  1. I never thought I’d see Canelo lose again! I definitely didn’t do my homework on Bivol! Wow

 

Interviews

Post Fights

Canelo Alvarez

ESPN

Floyd Mayweather, Odell Beckham Jr., Jake Paul and more weigh in on Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol

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  1. “I felt I won, I did enough. But that’s boxing: You win and you lose … There are no excuses. He is a great fighter; you have to accept defeat,” Alvarez said after the fight. “I want a rematch; it doesn’t stay that way.”

 

Eddie Hearn

Bad Left Hook

Eddie Hearn: Knowing Canelo Alvarez, he’ll only want Dmitry Bivol rematch next, not Gennadiy Golovkin

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  1. “I think Canelo against Dmitry Bivol (in a rematch) is probably the biggest fight in boxing right now, but it’s going to be down to Canelo, and obviously we’ll speak to Dmitry and (manager) Vadim (Kornilov), but I can’t see (Canelo) not wanting to accept the challenge,” he said.
  2. “I said in the build-up, it’s like Canelo wants to handicap himself and fight these big, great champions to test himself, and tonight it was maybe a bridge too far against a great light heavyweight world champion. But knowing Saul, I would think he would only want one fight, which is the rematch with Dmitry Bivol.”

 

Frank Smith

  1. We put on great events.
  2. Once we put on the events that is where our business ends.
  3. It is up to the fighters

Dimitry Bivol

Bad Left Hook

Canelo vs Bivol: Dmitry Bivol breaks down how he beat Canelo Alvarez and his plans for a rematch and beyond

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  1. Eddie Hearn
    • Before the presser officially goes live, the mics caught Eddie Hearn talking with Bivol and Vadim Kornilov at the table.
    • “In his last two fights, there’s nothing that showed he could do that,” Hearn said in conversation. “We know how good he was, you always believed in him. But to perform like that on that stage is very special. Because most fighters can’t produce that when it matters.”
    • Bivol remarked, “If not for my last two fights, I wouldn’t get this fight. 100 percent.”
    • It’s an interesting little look at a conversation that wasn’t specifically for the media.
  2. On what he felt was the key in the victory
    • “The whole fight, I was focused. I saw how he threw hard punches. He threw only hard punches. After (all the) hard punches, he was a little bit tired. Tired, tired. Canelo is a good fighter as a counter-puncher, but I made (him fight more aggressively), and I was the counter-puncher today. It was the key.”
  3. On whether he was surprised at how “easy” it was
    • “I just felt that I won the fight. I don’t know.”
  4. On being criticized for not being entertaining previously
    • “My last fights, I didn’t enjoy it in the fight. It wasn’t a challenge for me. I just defended my title against some guys, and everyone bet on me. I enjoyed this one, and I heard a lot of fans yelling. It motivated me today, and I really enjoyed the fight.”
  5. On Canelo’s greatness bringing out his own greatness
    • “Of course, if my opponent is better, I’ll show my better side. … I didn’t expect that he was better. I expected that. I believed in myself, I believed I could win. I knew he had hard punches and would beat on my body, on my arm, and throw the left hooks. I expected that and he did it.”
  6. On the possible rematch
    • “My dream is to be the undisputed champion. I got this opportunity to fight against the best guy, and I took this fight on terms of getting the opportunity. That’s all I cared about, and I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me. Right now my goal is to receive what I deserve. If the rematch is going to happen, I just have to make sure I get what I deserve, because I don’t think that even in previous fights as a champion I got what I deserved.”
  7. On whether the fight felt different on a big stage
    • “It was, of course. All week I was sitting in my room. It was boring, you know? I can’t go out of the room and I got tired of it. And I saw how much attention this fight got.”
  8. On entering first despite being champion ahead of Canelo’s big entrance
    • “To be honest, it doesn’t matter to me who enters first or second. It doesn’t matter to me. I just wanted this fight. … I just wanted to fight him. When he was coming to the ring and I heard the crowd, I really enjoyed how they were yelling.”
  9. On whether he talked to Canelo after
    • “I just said he’s a really great champion, I respect. He gave me a lot today, he gave me this fight and a lot of experience.”
  10. On whether he thinks he should be P4P No. 1
    1. “To be honest, no. I just beat a guy who wanted my belt in my mind. He was a super middleweight. Yes, he had a belt (previously) at light heavyweight, but I don’t feel that I’m ‘the king’ today. No, I just beat Canelo. I was better than him today.”
  11. On what he might do different in a rematch
    • “To be honest, I don’t know. I don’t know what I will eat today or what I will do tomorrow.”
  12. On the scoring of the fight and “needing” the 12th round
    • “I thought a little bit when I heard the scores, 115-113, I thought, ‘Maybe I lost today.’ But I felt I won, you know? I expect that. It was everything against me today. Even Eddie (Hearn), he’s congratulating me, smiling, he’s happy for me, but not too happy for me, you know?”
  13. On whether he’s felt ignored in the light heavyweight division
    • “For me, it’s enough that I have a belt. I know I am one of the best, even if nobody tells me this. I don’t feel I am the best in the light heavyweight division; I don’t feel it because I don’t have all the belts. If I have all the belts, I will feel I am the best. But for now, I am one of the best.”
  14. On when he knew he was in control
    • “I could see his punches, what he wanted to do from the beginning.”
  15. On whether he felt disrespected as champion
    • “I understand why I walked second, because Canelo is the biggest name. And the rules, all the rules, are not for him. No problem, just give me the fight. He’s first on the posters, no problem. The rules, not for him. Just give me the fight. No problem for me. I’m really happy that I had the fight.”
  16. On whether he felt Canelo’s power
    • “Yeah, of course I felt his power. He has really good power. But you know, he has good speed, good power, good sense — but some people are born with power. I don’t have that type of power. I can throw a power punch if I want to do it, if I actually want to put the power in my punch I can do it intentionally. Some other boxers have power in every punch, they can just throw a punch and it’s already powerful. I didn’t feel that as a light heavyweight he had that type of power from birth, where he just throws a punch and it hurts. I felt like he was just putting everything he can into every punch and trying to make it powerful.”

 

Insights

Post Fight Insights

Michael Rosenthal

Good, bad, worse: Dmitry Bivol masterfully exposes Canelo Alvarez as human

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Sun, May 8, 2022, 1:55 PM

Good

Light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol had a natural size advantage over super middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez in their fight Saturday in Las Vegas, which Bivol won by a unanimous decision.

However, that edge would’ve amounted to nothing if he didn’t have unusual ability to go along with his bulk.

And the Russian has demonstrated that he has plenty of that commodity throughout his amateur and professional careers, in which he has dominated even elite opponents.

Of course, the consensus pound-for-pound king posed a bigger challenge than any of Bivol’s previous opponents because of his own proven ability and experience in big fights. In the end, however, Alvarez was merely a small light heavyweight facing a natural 175-pounder with a comparable level of ability.

Bivol was brilliant, calmly, coolly controlling distance with his jab and quick, hard combinations, and maintaining a tight guard that Alvarez couldn’t penetrate.

By mid-fight, the Mexican star was frustrated, tired and out of options.

No one – not even Gennadiy Golovkin – had been able to do that to the Mexican star since Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

And Bivol turned the trick with Alvarez in his prime.

That wasn’t lost on the gracious loser, who said repeatedly before and then after the fight that Bivol is an excellent boxer.

As Eddy Reynoso, Alvarez’s trainer, said afterward, “I said before the fight that it’d be a tough fight because he uses distance really well.”

We’ll see where the upset leads Bivol.

We could see a rematch, although Alvarez wouldn’t commit to that in the post-fight news conference because of the size difference.

Bivol said he’d like to face the winner of the upcoming 175-pound title-unification bout between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr. for the undisputed championship.

Only one thing is certain at the moment: Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) will never be seen the same. No matter what happens going forward, he will always be the conqueror of the great Canelo.

 

BAD

The scoring of the Alvarez-Bivol fight – 115-113 across the board – makes it appear as if the fight was close. It wasn’t.

Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) was fixated on throwing single power shots and the vast majority of them didn’t land to the head or body.

According to CompuBox, he connected on only 84 total punches – 7 per round – in the fight (compared to 152 for Bivol).

That’s a career low for him in a 12-round bout. His next lowest? 117 in his one-sided loss to Mayweather.

All three judges gave the first four rounds to Alvarez, meaning he won only one of the last eight rounds on all three cards.

That level of futility was inconceivable given the consensus pound-for-pound king’s dominance in recent years.

Thus, one of the most dominating fighters of his generation was dominated.

What are we to make of this?

Moving up in weight to face a fighter of Bivol’s ability was a dangerous move that backfired.

As they say, a good big man beats a good little man.

The natural size advantage probably made it easier for Bivol to absorb punches.

And the extra weight might’ve played a role in wearing Alvarez down.

This wasn’t solely about size, however, Bivol was better than Alvarez, who outboxed, outworked and ultimately outclassed him.

Of course, one setback doesn’t define Alvarez, who has accomplished so much over the past decade.

In this case, he took a big swing and missed.

He should be applauded for testing himself when so many fighters seem to avoid genuine challenges.

And, as he said, losing is a part of boxing.

At the same time, Alvarez won’t be seen quite the same either.

He had taken on an aura of invincibility, the product of a 15-0-1 record in his previous 16 fights against almost exclusively top-flight opposition.

Bivol shattered that notion with his convincing victory, which demonstrated that a particularly good boxer with physical strength comparable to Alvarez’s can beat him.

Suddenly, the chances of David Benavidez, Jermall Charlo and Demetrius Andrade defeating Alvarez seem much less remote.

 

WORSE

The judges narrowly avoided a regrettable decision.

All three of them gave the 12th and final round to Bivol, which proved to be decisive.

Had two or three of them given the frame to Alvarez, the fight would’ve ended in a draw that would’ve been skewered by anyone who watched the fight with their eyes open.

I scored it 117-111 for Bivol, nine rounds to three.

I gave Alvarez two of first four rounds and one of the last eight. I could see 116-112, eight rounds to four. 115-113?

No. That doesn’t reflect what happened in the ring.

Once again, CompuBox numbers are far from definitive.

However, sometimes they help to tell the story, which is the case here.

Bivol landed in double digits in every round, Alvarez in two.

Indeed, Bivol was as good as billed defensively.

Alvarez admitted afterward that his opponent “is very difficult to hit around the head area.”

So how did the judges find five rounds to give Alvarez?

The first four rounds were competitive.

Alvarez would’ve needed the benefit of every doubt to win all four, which wasn’t reasonable.

Bivol boxed too well early in the fight to be shut out.

At least the judges – Tim Cheatham, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld – got the latter eight rounds right.

More important, the right man had his hand raised in the end.

That’s what people will remember.

 

RABBIT PUNCHES

Alvarez was classy in defeat, repeatedly giving Bivol credit for his victory and offering no excuses.

He said he believes he did enough to win the fight but not with great conviction.

And he indicating that Bivol’s size advantage might’ve played a role only when a reporter asked him about that.

Kudos to him for the manner in which he handled himself.

References

  1. Joel Díaz
  2. USA Today
    • Boxing Junkie
      • Good, bad, worse: Dmitry Bivol masterfully exposes Canelo Alvarez as human
        Link
      • Pound for pound: Down goes Canelo, down goes Canelo
        Link
  3. Boxing News 24
    •  Andre Ward Says Canelo Alvarez Must Face Dmitry Bivol Again
      Link
    • Canelo Was Up 4-0 Against Bivol On All 3 Judges Scorecards After 4 Rounds
      Link
  4. Def Pen
    • Alycia Baumgardner Calls For Super Featherweight Unification Bout Against Mikaela Mayer
      Link

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