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Unbeaten light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol makes the latest defence of the championship belt he worked so hard to earn.
The Californian-based fighter has risen through the ranks over the last few years, blazing a trail of glory on the back of a stunning knockout run of form. He is thought by many fight game insiders to be the future of the division with the strength and skills to move up to cruiserweight in future if he is determined to create a legacy.
Bivol has the world at his feet and can become an overnight sensation, written about by sports journalists worldwide if he wins on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. The only problem with that is his opponent.
Standing between Bivol and greatness is the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, Saul Alvarez. The record-breaking Mexican has been a sensation since battling through the ranks in Mexico. Finding success in a country renowned for producing some of the best boxers that ever lived is no mean feat, but entering the ring at the young age of 15, when many stars of the sport were still safely tucked away in the amateurs, makes him great. Canelo is a living legend and will be spoken about in boxing circles for generations.
He’s the kind of fighter fathers will show their kids in future. Watch this red-headed fighter from Mexico and learn something about boxing without fear. Learn defence, attack, taking on all comers, holding the bravery to constantly test yourself against the best and not caring about holding onto a precious unbeaten record that has proven to be more of a hindrance since Floyd Mayweather made it popular.
In short, they’ll say look at one of the greats. Having already created his legacy, Canelo would be forgiven for sitting back and admiring his work, but he refuses to do that. He’s a man that’s always wanting more.
Boxing is a sport where anything can happen, and we’ve seen some monumental upsets over the years. The most recent of the shocks came at Madison Square Garden, where Anthony Joshua lost his world heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jnr, a man without a hope of winning.
One of the reasons this sport is so popular is because anything can and will happen. An underdog is just one shot away from winning a fight. A rank outsider is dangerous for the entire time he is on his feet. That’s the fight game, and that’s the game we love.
Can Bivol defeat Alvarez? Yes, of course, he can. But a better question here is, will Bivol beat Alvarez and the answer to that is, we seriously doubt it.
Here we have a champion who is a naturally bigger and stronger fighter. He’s a man who has carved a successful career at light heavyweight, and he’s facing a natural middleweight or super-middleweight who is jumping up a division. The problem for Bivol is that, despite the world championship belt and the unbeaten CV, he has only 19 fights, making him a novice compared to his opponent.
This will also be a huge step up in class for Bivol, who has passed every test put to him so far, but he has never been in with an opponent that is even close to being in the same league as Saul.
How do you prepare for a fighter of Canelo’s brilliance? How do you find sparring partners that will replicate his style, adaptability, and strength? It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. That’s why we are picking Alvarez to win this fight.
Each of the champion’s last six wins have come on the scorecards, while Saul has been taking his time in recent contests, growing into the bout and asserting his strength on his opponent before going through the gears and taking him out before the final bell. We are backing more of the same, taking The Cinnamon One to win by stoppage in the fight’s second half.
Much has been made of Canelo’s move up through the weight divisions again, but this is nothing new to him. He has done it for much of his career, adding muscle then dominating opponents who are, supposedly, stronger than he is. That’s what will happen here.
We expect this fight to follow similar to Alvarez’s last outing at light heavyweight when stopping Sergey Kovalev in the latter rounds after breaking him down. He won’t gamble and rush in. Instead, he’ll box smart and take Bivol out when the time is right.
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|Dmitry Bivol vs Saul Alvarez Information|
|Fight||Dmitry Bivol vs Saul Alvarez|
|Location||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Date and Time||Saturday 7 May, 20:00 EST|
|How to watch||Live on DAZN|
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