Boxing: Bivol has the upper hand on Canelo and inflicts his 2nd loss on him

LAS VEGAS — Dmitry Bivol entered a select club on Saturday night. He was the second boxer after Floyd Mayweather Jr. to defeat Saul Canelo Alvarez.

Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) defeated the Mexican by unanimous judges decision (115-113, 115-113, 115-113), a surprisingly close result, and retains his WBA intermediate title.

“I’m the best. I’ll keep my belt. Canelo is a great champion, I respect him,” declared Bivol.

Both boxers had a good first round. Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) hit Bivol several times on the body. For his part, Bivol offered his best response with less than 30 seconds left in the lap thanks to a good combination.

The Mexican continued his good work in the next attack with more powerful shots.

Both fighters traded several good combinations in the third round. Bivol went there first with a good combination that Canelo sent into the cables, then the Mexican responded with some good attacks afterwards. He also hit Bivol with a good uppercut on the chin at the end of the next round.

Bivol provided quite a clash for Canelo in later engagements. On the fifth attack, he sent the Mexican into the cables before hitting the target multiple times. The problem is that Canelo had seen many others before Bivol. The Mexican served up a dose of arrogance by asking Bivol for more shots after the multiple attacks.

Bivol did it again in the seventh round – obviously at Canelo’s request – with the better attacks, despite the pressure Canelo was trying to apply. Bivol ended the round with a combination that sent Canelo into the cables. On the eighth attack, the story wasn’t much different. Bivol continued to show his superiority over Canelo in battle.

Bivol dominated Canelo in the 11th minuteand Round with several powerful strokes.

Canelo tried a lot of attacks in the last lap but there was nothing to be done against Bivol’s power and control.

“If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t achieve great things,” Bivol said after his win.

The only loss Canelo conceded came on September 14, 2013 against Mayweather.

His unbeaten streak ends at 16.

For his part, Bivol is still perfect with 20 wins in 20 career fights. He had beaten Caleb Plant, Billy Joe Saunders and Avni Yildirim in 2021.

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