Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight prediction, undercard, odds, start time, expert pick, preview


For a fighter who’s simply 5-foot-8 and made his professional debut at 140 kilos, one would suppose there’s a restrict to how excessive he can finally rise in weight and nonetheless be efficient. Fortunately, for pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez, he does not imagine in limitations of any variety.  

Recent off a 2021 fighter of the yr marketing campaign wherein he turned the primary undisputed champion in tremendous middleweight historical past, Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) will transfer again as much as 175 kilos on Saturday to problem WBA gentle heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) inside T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas (DAZN PPV, 8 p.m. ET — subscribe now). 

Three years faraway from his final gentle heavyweight struggle, when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev to assert the WBC title earlier than instantly vacating it, the 31-year-old Alvarez will tackle Bivol throughout the identical week his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, revealed that Alvarez could be prepared to problem for the unified heavyweight title if Oleksandr Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, was prepared to simply accept a catchweight of 201 kilos.  

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The added heavyweight wrinkle comes simply months after Alvarez was additionally rumored to be occupied with difficult cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu.  

“I like this sort of problem [because] it makes me really feel alive,” Alvarez advised CBS Sports activities on Wednesday. “That is why I’m nonetheless in boxing as a result of this sort of problem makes me really feel the adrenaline I want. 

“For me, limits do not exist so I all the time need extra. And also you by no means know? [Fighting at heavyweight?] Perhaps.”

Earlier than Alvarez can entertain any future gives at even bigger weights, the four-division champion and pound-for-pound king should first take care of the proficient Bivol, a 31-year-old native of Russia who was born in Kyrgyzstan and went on to get pleasure from a embellished novice profession.  

Bivol is commonly checked out as a protected fighter who depends on his footwork, protection and method to outbox opponents from distance. However can he dig in and throw warning to the wind towards Alvarez if the struggle requires it? It is a proposition Bivol would possibly want to contemplate after seeing Alvarez persistently transfer up in weight and extremely carry his energy up with him. 

“Typically, in case you are doing good at one thing and that is high quality to win the struggle, it’s best to do it once more,” Bivol advised CBS Sports activities. “Typically, it isn’t sufficient and it’s important to create one thing new and need to take one thing from you deep and present it within the ring. Some opponents do it with you when it’s important to present extra and I feel Canelo is that struggle the place I’ve to indicate all of Dmitry Bivol. 

“In sparring, I can do it. I’ve sufficient energy. I’m 175 kilos and I feel I can do all the things within the ring if I need and if I imagine.” 

Alvarez in contrast the problem of Bivol to a mixed pair of current opponents, saying he expects a combination of Kovalev and Gennadiy Golovkin. But it surely appears Alvarez is something however fearful in regards to the energy Bivol possesses. The Mexican celebrity has by no means been down as a professional and has solely been visibly damage as soon as in a 2010 struggle towards Jose Miguel Cotto, the older brother of future Alvarez foe Miguel Cotto.

“No, I do not bear in mind [ever being seriously hurt]. By no means, by no means in my life,” Alvarez stated. “One time, once I fought Cotto’s brother, I felt it possibly in my legs however by no means [before or again] in my head.  

“I’ve the right sparring companions for me within the job in order that’s why I can adapt myself to that type of type towards a tall fighter.” 

For Bivol, who captured his title in 2017 earlier than making seven defenses towards the likes of Sullivan Barrera, Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal and present WBO champion Joe Smith Jr., the Alvarez struggle represents the end result of a life-long journey.  

“After I got here to professional boxing, I stated to my workforce that I wish to struggle one of the best to make my very own historical past,” Bivol stated. “Canelo is the pound-for-pound king now so it is essential to me to show to myself what I can do towards one of the best within the ring. I hope I can do good issues within the ring.” 

Three extra bouts fill out the undercard contained in the T-Cellular Area. Zhilei Zhang and Scott Alexander are set for a heavyweight conflict after Filip Hrgovic was pressured to withdraw from his scheduled bout towards Zhang. Montana Love is ready to return at junior welterweight when he takes on Gabriel Valenzuela. And welterweights Shakhram Giyasov and Christian Gomez are set to scrap it out.

Beneath is all the most recent data for the sunshine heavyweight showdown set for the T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. Plus, the most recent struggle card information and rumors with the most recent odds offered by Caesars Sportsbook earlier than attending to a prediction and decide for the primary occasion.

Struggle card, odds

  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez -550 vs. Dmitry Bivol (c) +400, WBA gentle heavyweight championship
  • Zhilei Zhang -1500 vs. Scott Alexander +800, heavyweights
  • Montana Love -700 vs. Gabriel Valenzuela +500, junior welterweights
  • Shakhram Giyasov -340 vs. Christian Gomez +270, welterweights
  • Marc Castro -4000 vs. Pedro Vincente +1500, lightweights

Prediction 

Alvarez would possibly deserve extra credit score for going out of his option to problem Bivol than he obtained in some other struggle amid his present run of so boldly daring to be nice. Bivol has lure struggle written throughout him for Alvarez and is statistically, in accordance with CompuBox, among the many sport’s leaders in jabs landed per spherical and fewest punches landed general by his opponents.  

Though Bivol is not an enormous knockout menace, he is a wonderful mixture puncher whose adept at enjoying chess for 12 rounds. He mixes in physique photographs effectively and controls the phrases of fights from distance about in addition to anybody in boxing.  

The largest concern for Bivol is that he is too content material at instances to field at a boring tempo and does not are likely to take possibilities except his opponents power him to. Anticipate Bivol to manage the early rounds as Alvarez seems to be to navigate distance and work his approach inside. The query will finally develop into whether or not Alvarez can damage Bivol to the physique and get in shut sufficient vary to interrupt him down.  

If Bivol is prepared to attempt to make Alvarez pay for advancing, that is the place the struggle will get attention-grabbing. In some unspecified time in the future, towards the appropriate fighter, Alvarez will discover himself at an excessive drawback after giving up a lot peak and attain. One has to wonder if that is the struggle the place Alvarez bites off only a bit greater than he can chew towards somebody so technically proficient.

Nobody tends to ever actually look good boxing towards Bivol. If Alvarez is unable to trouble him together with his energy, the identical potential is there for him to look simply as unusual and pedestrian ought to he get caught in Bivol’s internet of regular jabs and clear counter photographs.

All of this current speak about cruiserweight and even heavyweight is bold, however transferring as much as cherry decide solely actually works once you goal fighters with gaping holes of their sport the place the smaller fighter can use benefits similar to dangerous to reveal them. This, merely, is not that sort of struggle.  

Decide: Bivol through MD12 

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