Sports Preview Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol

Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol

The Mexican Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer of the moment, will face Dmitry Bivol this Saturday, May 7. The fight will be at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In this fight, the Aztec boxer will seek to snatch the World Boxing Association (WBA) championship from him after having conquered 168 pounds in 2021 and become the undisputed Super Middleweight champion. Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol.

In Search of Greater Challenges

Canelo said that he agreed to move up in weight to seek more difficult challenges.

I look for difficult challenges because it is what keeps me alive, I like adrenaline, being competitive.

Like Bivol, I am also strong, I have many skills and I am ready, “he explained upon his arrival in Las Vegas.

After becoming the first fighter to unify the super-middleweight titles, ‘Álvarez’ decided to move up a category, to light heavyweight (175 pounds), in which in 2019 he was the WBA champion by dethroning the Russian Sergey Kovalev.

It is a motivation to continue making history, I love boxing and that is what makes me want to continue making history.

On May 7 I will give my best, I will deliver everything in the ring, it will be a victory for the history of Mexico,” added the fighter who holds a record of 57 wins, 39 by knockout, one loss and two draws

Dmitry Bivol

The 31-year-old Russian last boxed in December, retaining his WBA title against compatriot Umar Salamov, whom he defeated by unanimous decision.

“I expect a great fight, and as I said before, I believe in my victories, and I will try to do my best to keep my belt and make people happy to see this fight,” Bivol said.

Bivol has an undefeated record in 19 fights, 11 of them achieved by KO, and he feels very confident that he can beat Álvarez.

“I’m confident in my skills and my wins, that’s why I’m here. It feels good to see all these people, I’m excited for Saturday night and I’m delighted to be here,” Bivol said.

The fighter does not seem to be affected by the great support that Alvarez receives.

In fact, he has taken with humor the large number of fans who cheer for the Mexican outside the MGM Grand.

During his interview with the media, the fans present began to chant Canelo’s name, and instead of getting upset, Bivol was encouraged to shout ‘Canelo! Canelo!’, causing laughter from all those present.

Advantages for Bivol

Álvarez did not request to include a rehydration or weight clause for the day of the fight against the champion Bivol.

The Russian boxer will be at his natural weight and size, while ‘Canelo’ Álvarez will arrive one category and several pounds above his division.

“They know that ‘Canelo’ could have agreed to a weight for this fight,” Eddie Hearn,
president of Matchroom Boxing, promoter of the event, told the press.

“Dmitry Bivol is not a massive 175 (pounds). He would have easily accepted any weight from 171 (pounds),” said Hearn and added.

“We had those conversations with Eddy Reynoso and ‘Canelo. Both immediately said no to the agreed weight.

“If this fight is going to be for the 175-pound title, that’s the way it’s going to be fought,” they told me. So here we are. There is no agreed weight.

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