Dmitry Bivol showed the world what he is made of on Saturday night with one of the most spectacular fights of his career against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight Super Champion retained his crown in a dominant performance over the Mexican at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
All three judges scored 115-113 scorecards for Bivol to remain the 175-pound champion of the pioneer organization and also undefeated in his career.
The Russian did the job he set out to do and annulled his challenger in a very strategic fight in which he grew as the rounds went by. A perfectly closed guard, good movement in the ring and taking advantage of his height and reach were the key elements for the victory.
Bivol worked well with his straight punches and gained confidence to start throwing combinations with power punches and hurt a Canelo who could not counter attack the champion’s style despite trying to do so from the beginning.
In fact, Bivol finished the fight very well, taking the initiative and commanding the ring in a demonstration of confidence and security.
The 175-pound champion left open the possibility of a rematch for the challenger, who intends to face him again. It was a fight full of action and excitement and a nice treat for fans around the world.
Bivol now has 20 fights won, 11 of them by knockout. Canelo, meanwhile, now has 57 wins, 2 losses, 2 draws and 19 knockouts.