By Elwin Mandowa
WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol retained his title on Saturday with a shocking unanimous decision upset over Canelo Alvarez, who had not lost since September 2013.
The boxer who last beat Canelo, Floyd Mayweather, took to Instagram Saturday night to show off his winning betting slip, revealing that he bet $10,000 on Bivol to win, which pocketed Floyd a cool $42,500.
In September of 2013, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went into a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. looking to make history and become an international superstar.
Floyd Mayweather then showed him what an international superstar looks like. However, people who did not know best still thought he was worthy ranking number 1 despite how lethargic he looked that night.
Alvarez was not only defeated via majority decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but he was also embarrassed. The 23-year-old Mexican connected on just 22 percent of his punches, while the defensive Mayweather connected on 46 percent of his shots, per SHO Stats.
Before the fight, Alvarez was a “threat” to Mayweather’s undefeated record. During the fight, he looked ordinary…and frustrated.
Then on Saturday night Bivol happened, exposing Canelo once again.
For twelve rounds Bivol operated behind a textbook jab, firing off 418 of them (to Álvarez’s 229, per CompuBox) while throwing more power punches (292–266) than one of boxing’s heaviest hitters. Not since his first fight with Gennady Golovkin has Álvarez been backed up as often as he was against Bivol.
When Álvarez came forward, Bivol kept his guard up. When Álvarez let up, Bivol unleashed a barrage of scoring punches. Bivol knew he needed his finest performance to win on Saturday. He delivered it.
What did we make of Canelo?
First of all, Canelo did not lose—Bivol beat him. But there is a lot to unpack from Canelo’s performance. Did we see a fighter whose title reign began at 154-pounds finally reach his limit? Bivol was not Canelo’s first fight at 175 pounds, but there is a significant difference between a faded Sergey Kovalev and an in-his-prime Bivol, a career-long light heavyweight with a sturdy chin and true 175-pound power behind him. While there was not a huge size advantage, Bivol looked and fought like the bigger fighter, forcing Álvarez to fight moving backwards for much of the fight.
Dmitry Bivol damaged Saul Canelo Alvarez’s reputation by inflicting the second defeat of his professional boxing career while retaining his WBA light heavyweight title. Dmitry Bivol was unexpectedly surprising Saul Canelo Alvarez after winning by unanimous points while retaining his WBA light heavyweight belt.
Saul Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Bivol’s height and reach spoiled the predictions of boxing observers. Moreover, Canelo has lofty expectations to repeat the victory as when he became the light heavyweight champion by defeating Sergey Kovalev.
From the start, Bivol’s jab became a big problem for Canelo who could not land his hard punches. Bivol attacked Canelo with a quick counterattack and superb movement. Entering round twelve, Canelo forced himself to look for a KO – but looked completely out of gas when he failed to land a fatal blow. The three judges gave a score of 115-113 for the victory of the Russian KO King.
This defeat was predictable If you were a smart boxing observer. Canelo’s prodding skills were there for everyone to see. He is slow and stands flat footed most of the time. His victims are handpicked. going forward any clever boxer can expose this flat-footed unskilled boxer