Canelo Alvarez loses to Dmitry Bivol as the Russian master class produces

Canelo attempted to become world light heavyweight champion a second time while setting up a third fight with longtime rival Gennady Golovkin

Dmitry Bivol and Canelo Alvarez in action
Dmitry Bivol and Canelo Alvarez in action

Dmitry Bivol delivered the performance of his life to stun Canelo Alvarez and inflict a shock defeat on the planet for the beat fighter.

Alvarez attempted to win a second world light heavyweight title against the undefeated Russian but looked frustrated during the 12 rounds in Las Vegas. Bivol was never in trouble as he dominated large parts of the fight.

Both men celebrated at the final bell but Bivol was awarded the win with all three judges scoring the fight 115-113 in his favour. “I’m glad I proved myself today. I’m the best in my division and I’ll keep this belt,” Bivol said. “I respect Canelo and all his team, but if you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t achieve anything.”

Bivol pointed to Canelo


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Alvarez did not apologize for his second loss of his career after losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013. “I have to accept it, it’s boxing. He’s a great boxer and sometimes you lose in boxing,” he said. “I won’t make any excuses. He’s a really good fighter, he comes in and he goes out. I felt his power, it was a great fight and it was a good win for him.”

Bivol made the faster start, trying to land his jab with unerring accuracy. Alvarez tried to respond with his right hand and began looking for a home for his uppercut towards the end of the round.

The champion continued to stick to a simple but effective game plan as he landed his one-two. Alvarez started finding space to land his power shots as he finished the second session. But Bivol restored his authority in the third session as he passed his famous rival.

Alvarez had been trying to land his uppercut since the opening round and he underlined the fourth stanza with that very shot in the final seconds. The fight turned again in the fifth as Bivol started slow but grew strong to pin Alvarez against the ropes. The Mexican responded by waving to the champion to continue his attack.

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Bivol continued his disciplined approach as he refused to be drawn into a firefight. Alvarez was happy to be secured on the ropes as he attempted to counter his Russian rival. Alvarez’s face was marked when the fight with the Mexican started in the second half.

Alvarez was forced to chase the champion around the ring early in round eight, but Bivol responded by pushing forward and pinning his challenger back on the ropes. Alvarez showed a renewed sense of urgency as the fight entered the final third but continued to find it difficult to penetrate Bivol’s defensive line.

The Russian went into the last three rounds as the betting favorite and Alvarez continued to struggle against the ropes, his body language betraying his growing frustration. The pound-for-pound no. 1 needed a knockout in the last six minutes but resorted to picking up Bivol and carrying him across the ring as the flight slid away.

Bivol then comfortably looked the final round before the judges rightly awarded him the biggest win of his career.

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