Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ AlvarezOne of the current boxing greats suffered a second defeat of his career in a unanimous decision loss against Russia on Saturday night. Dmitry Bivolowho retained his WBA light heavyweight belt.
The undefeated Bivole presented lvarez from the start of the fight in front of an astonishing 20,000 fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Nevada, United States) who had come to cheer on ‘Canelo’ as part of a Mexican party. May 5.
Bivol, who jumped into the ring without the anthem or the Russian flag as sanction for the invasion of Ukraine, became the second fighter to defeat Canelo in his 61 fights. Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
The Mexican, the undisputed champion of super middleweight weight (168 lb – 76.2 kg), accepted the challenge of securing a medium heavyweight belt (175 lb – 79.4 kg) as an important chapter on the long-awaited path to the boxing Olympus.
Chosen opponent, Bivol, showed this Saturday why he was undefeated in his 20 fights, showcasing his greatest speed and stature until he pulled off an emphatic 115-113 three-card victory over the Mexican .
Alvarez admitted in front of his disappointed fans, “He’s a great champion. In boxing you win and you lose, I had to lose today.”
“I felt the weight but that’s no excuse,” he said. “I tried a lot but he’s a great fighter. He goes in and out, he knows how to take the distance. I think I did enough to win but that’s it.”
The Mexican boxer who currently attracts the largest crowd in boxing challenged Bivol to a rematch in the same ring. “It can’t stay like this,” he said.
“Never mind. Let’s talk about a rematch,” replied Bivol with qualms: “I want to be treated like a champion.”
‘Canelo’, who had been out of the ring for half a year, had received some criticism prior to the fight to choose Bivole as his opponent.
Some of them asked to be replaced by another fighter because of his Russian nationality and others believed that he had a boxing profile too low for ‘Canelo’.
Bivol, despite having the defending champions at stake, went into the background throughout the pre-fight, but was always friendly to lvarez and the Mexican fans.
“I want to thank everyone who came. Mexican friends, happy May 5,” Bivole said after the fight, receiving a wave of boon in return.
Alvarez “is a great champion and I respect him. I am happy to prove that I am the best in my class,” said the Russian, who assured that he always believed in his victory. “If you don’t believe in yourself, what can you do?”
Unlike some of his previous matches, Canelo came out with an aggressive strategy in the first round.
The Mexican wanted to give a big win to his fans, who welcomed him when he appeared on the track standing on a stage while a mariachi band sang and fireworks were set off.
Once the first bell rang, the Russian took advantage of the risks ‘Canelo’ was taking to quickly open his ‘Jab’, which was his best attack weapon.
In the second round, Bivol went further and landed a number of combinations that frightened the stands and set off the ‘canello’ alert.
Red-faced, the Mexican was cornered by the Russian on the ropes, but found room at the end of the fourth round to launch a powerful uppercut that gave him some air.
Fans tried to encourage his idol by chanting ‘Canelo’, ‘Canelo’, but Bivol continued to take advantage of his tall stature to reach the Mexican face.
lvarez barely resisted the siege, hoping to strike a decisive blow, but rounds passed without finding him and Bivole barely slowed down.
‘Canelo’ only had the option of a final knockout and in the eleventh he caught the Russian and lifted him up in the air for a few seconds of pure despair.
At last, ‘Canelo’ lacked the strength to rebel against the impending defeat, which the entire stadium was waiting for when the final bell rang.
“Canelo” thus sees the option of trying to become the first undisputed men’s champion of the two divisions since the beginning of the four-belt era.
अल्lvarez’s next challenge was expected to be his third fight against his arch-rival, before a possible rematch against Bivole unfolded. Gennady GolovkinTo be held next September.
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