Unbeaten Dmitry Bivol retained his WBA light-heavyweight world title with a unanimous factors resolution over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday, handing the Mexican celebrity the second defeat of his profession.
Russia’s Bivol, 31 improved to 20-0 with 11 knockouts whereas multiweight champion Alvarez, a heavy favourite, fell to 57-2 with two attracts. His solely different defeat was to Floyd Mayweather at mild middleweight in 2013.
Alvarez made boxing historical past in November when he stopped Caleb Plant to turn into the primary man to unite all 4 tremendous middleweight world title belts.
He had fought at light-heavyweight earlier than, stopping Sergey Kovalev within the eleventh spherical to win the WBO 175-pound title in November 2019.
However there could be no late heroics towards Bivol, who pressured Alvarez relentlessly all through the bout and by no means gave the impression to be damage significantly by the Mexican, who struggled to get previous Bivol’s guard.
“He damage my arm,” Bivol stated, displaying a bruised higher arm that absorbed a string of punches.
“I felt his energy, you possibly can see on my arm. He beat my arm up — however not my head.”
All three judges — Tim Cheatham, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld — scored the bout 115-113 for Bivol.
It was a large disappointment for the pro-Alvarez crowd at T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas, who had been pulling for a Mexican victory on the Cinco de Mayo vacation weekend.
Bivol stated their partisan cheers every time Alvarez appeared to be gaining floor “gave me extra power.”
Bivol fought a disciplined combat, keying a gradual assault with a piston-like jab that opened the door for highly effective mixtures.
Alvarez was placed on the defensive, and the naturally lighter fighter couldn’t discover a technique to reply.
By the seventh spherical his face was bruised, his ft seemed sluggish and his punches lacked their traditional energy.
“He’s an excellent fighter,” Alvarez stated. “He is available in, goes out. He managed his distance rather well. That’s boxing.
“He’s an ideal champion,” Alvarez stated. “I misplaced. He received.”
Though he had no grievance with the choice, Alvarez stated he wished a rematch.
“Rematch? No drawback,” Bivol stated. “Let’s speak about that.”