Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight results, highlights: Russian champ upsets Mexican superstar

Canelo Alvarez’s lofty ambition finally caught up with him on Saturday as the pound-for-pound king met his match in the form of undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), a four-division champion, landed a career-high 84 total punches over 12 rounds as Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) relied on his defense and punches accurate to draw the upset via unanimous decision within the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All three judges scored 115-113 for Bivol in a fight that looked anything but competitive as CBS Sports scored it 119-109 in favor of Bivol.

“I’m sorry I ruined your plans [for a fall trilogy fight against] Gennadiy Golovkin, maybe,” Bivol said. “Congratulations to [Alvarez], he is a great champion and I respect him. But if you don’t believe in yourself, what do you do? You won’t get anything. I believe and my team believes.”

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Six months after becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion of the four-belt era, Alvarez is back up to 175 pounds for the first time since winning the WBC title by knockout of Sergey Kovalev in 2019. But at the During the same week he teased a possible future move to heavyweight, Alvarez was unable to break through the technical strength of Bivol, a former Russian amateur star whose strength is cutting through his opponents’ attack .

Bivol’s jab was on point throughout and he always responded to any punch from Alvarez with crisp combinations in return. Bivol allowed Alvarez to get close range in front of him but never gave him a clean enough strike zone to land.

Most of the damage Alvarez connected on was to Bivol’s left shoulder and arm, who stood firm behind his high guard.

“I felt his power. As you can see on my arm, he beat my arm but not my head,” Bivol said. “It’s better. He had good speed and good power. Maybe his mistake was that he only threw hard shots. After hard shots he relaxed and tired.

“I felt good. It was the biggest fight of my career and I enjoyed that fight. When people booed me, it gave me more energy.”

Alvarez, whose only previous loss came to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, landed just 17% of his shots against Bivol and was outshot by a 152-to-84 margin, according to CompuBox. He also told reporters he thought he was ahead on the scorecards heading into the finals.

“He’s a great champion. Sometimes in boxing you win or you lose. I lost today and he won,” Alvarez said. “He’s a very good fighter. He’s a fighter who comes in and out. I also felt his power. It was a good win for him.”

After the fight, Alvarez shared hopes for a rematch, to which Bivol seemed willing.

“A rematch? No problem. Let’s talk about a rematch,” Bivol said. “I took this fight because I just wanted the opportunity and I appreciate the opportunity. I’m ready for the rematch, I just want to make sure I win and I’m treated like a champion now. “

As of now, it’s unclear what’s next for Alvarez. The undisputed super middleweight champion was set to face Gennadiy Golovkin in September to complete his trilogy, but a potential rematch with Bivol could be on the line, as could another middleweight or super middleweight contender. One thing is certain, however, it was Bivol’s night and he will be able to celebrate in kind.

The undercard has seen some rising prospects take the next step in their development. Montana Love scored a knockdown, then suffered one of his own against Gabriel Gollaz en route to a decisive win in the co-main event at junior welterweight. And Marc Castro, 22, has gone more than six rounds to edge Pedro Vicente as the bantamweight slowly progresses to higher levels of competition.

CBS Sports will be with you all night long in Las Vegas, so be sure to tune in for live scores and highlights below.

Alvarez vs. Bivol fight card, results

  • Dmitry Bivol (c) beats. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113, 115-113)
  • Montana Love beats. Gabriel Gollaz via unanimous decision (114-112, 114-112, 114-112)
  • Shakhram Giyasov defeats. Christian Gomez via unanimous decision (99-88, 99-88, 98-89)
  • Marc Castro won. Pedro Vicente via unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
  • Zhilei Zhang defeats. Scott Alexander via first-round knockout

Alvarez vs. Bivol scoreboard

Alvarez 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 ten 9 9 9 109
Bivol (c) ten ten ten ten ten ten ten ten 9 ten ten ten 119

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