The best boxer in the world according to The Ring magazine’s rating, Saúl Álvarez, intends to become the undisputed champion of the light heavyweight division. And on the way is current undefeated WBA champion Dmitry Bivol. The main thing about the fight – in the material “RBC Sport”
Saúl Canelo Álvarez and Dmitry Bivol (Photo: Global Look Press)
The absolute world boxing champion in the second middleweight (up to 76.2 kg) the Mexican Saúl Canelo Álvarez will compete with the undefeated Russian Dmitry Bivol for the title of world super champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA) in the weight category up to 79.38kg.
The boxing show, whose main event will be the fight between Bivol and Álvarez, will take place on the night of May 8, Moscow time. Tentatively, the main battle will start at 7:00 Moscow time.
Also, as part of the main card, the fights will take place Montana Love (USA) – Gabriela Valenzuel (Mexico), Shakhram Giyasov (Uzbekistan) – Christian Gomez (Mexico), Mark Castro (USA) – Pedro Sharbaai (Puerto Rico), Zhiley Zhang (China) — Scott Alexander (United States).
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (Photo: Getty Images/Fotobank)
The Bivol vs. Álvarez will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) at the T-Mobile Arena, with capacity for 20,000 spectators.
At the official weigh-in before the fight, both boxers remained within light heavyweight (79.4 kg). Bivol showed 79.2 kg, Canelo’s weight was 79.1 kg.
The Mexican fighter is the top star in professional boxing today. On September 15, 2013, Saúl Álvarez suffered the first and only loss of his career at the hands of the great Floyd Mayweather. Then, at the post-match news conference, Floyd said, “When I’m gone, this guy is going to take my place. It is he who will pick up the leader’s baton.” Mayweather knew what he was talking about. Floyd defeated many, but only Alvarez named his successor.
Saul Alvarez (Photo: Getty Images/Fotobank)
Since then, Canelo has won 15 fights, all against top-tier fighters. He drew a fight against Gennady Golovkin, but in the second fight against the Kazakh Alvarez he won. The Mexican was proclaimed champion in four weight categories. In super middleweight (up to 76.2 kg), Saúl became the absolute champion and now takes the first step to reach the same top in light heavyweight.
Likewise, since September 2021, Álvarez leads the ranking of the best boxers regardless of weight category according to The Ring magazine, which unites all boxers regardless of boxing organization.
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Dmitry Bivol is a light heavyweight champion. He has held the WBA belt for five years. At first it was a “temporary” title, and in a fight with Trent Broadhurst, he won a full-fledged championship belt.
Dmitry Bivol (Photo: Global Look Press)
Bivol defended his WBA Super Champion title last December by defeating his compatriot Umar Salamov in Yekaterinburg. In total, the 31-year-old boxer has 19 wins (11 knockouts) in 19 fights in the professional ring.
Dmitry has no losses, which makes him an even more dangerous opponent. But the lack of strong opposition does not allow Bivol to reach the highest level. Among the opponents he defeated were Joe Smith and Jean Pascal, but this, of course, is far from Alvarez.
WBA champion manager Bivola says rematch with Álvarez is possible
In Álvarez’s favor, they speak of his gigantic experience in the professional ring, tactical flexibility and an elegant arsenal of blows. But Bivol also has his trump cards, first of all, in “physics”. Dmitry is taller than his opponent (183cm versus 173cm), comfortable in his “native” light heavyweight class, while Alvarez boxed at light heavyweight only against Kovalev more than two years ago. On the other hand, there has never been an opponent of Canelo’s caliber in Bivol’s boxing path. In theory, both opponents will try to take the initiative and work as the first number. It’s possible that such a competitive fight could continue for the full 12 rounds planned.
Is revenge possible?
It should be noted that only Álvarez has the right to request a rematch in the event of a loss, while this clause is not specified in Bivol’s contract. This was stated by the manager of the Russian boxer Vadim Kornilov.
“Alvarez has an option for a rematch. The contract contains a clause for immediate revenge in the event of Bivol’s victory. Canelo will have a chance to get revenge in the next fight. Or he himself can refuse this option. We are satisfied with this situation. This revenge also has our interests in mind. We managed to take into account certain conditions that are important to us,” Kornilov said.
Where to see
The fight is owned by the streaming service DAZN. In Russia, no one will broadcast the fight. The match will tentatively start on Sunday, May 8 at 06:00 Moscow time.
Kostya Tszyu, former undisputed world boxing champion
“Dmitry is a more powerful fighter and he has a certain advantage. Although Alvarez has proven time and time again that he is one of the best fighters in the world right now. A very competitive fight. I think it will be a first class fight, because Dmitry is attacking and Alvarez is strong on the counter. I think there will be a tactical fight, there will be no massacre. For me the chances are 50/50. What I see now: Both fighters are calm and confident. I hope it does not reach controversial situations in arbitration.”
Tatyana Kiriyenko, Secretary General of the Russian Boxing Federation
“I am sure that Dmitry Bivol has absolutely every chance to surprise many who blindly believe only in Álvarez. I am convinced that Canelo has not yet faced fighters like Bivol. Dmitry has excellent technique, he is in the prime of his life. It is clear that the fight will not be easy for both boxers. But I sincerely believe that Dmitry will be the winner. I wish the best of luck to our titled athlete, the whole Russian boxing family is for him.”
Sergey Kharitonov, Russian Bellator fighter
“We will support Dima, but Álvarez is now number one in the world, so it is difficult to predict victory. Alvarez is the best right now. This is the most serious test in Dima’s life and career. I don’t think it will reach the decision of the judges. Most likely it will be an early win. I would like Dima to win, but Álvarez is a machine. We support Dima, but Álvarez is definitely the favourite”.
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