Boxing’s pound-for-pound king and biggest active superstar are fighting for the first time since making history by becoming the world’s first undisputed super middleweight champion with an 11th-round stoppage of Caleb Plant in November.
The remarkable step was followed by scrutiny and speculation over what weight the division-defying Mexican icon would target next, with a challenge for Ilunga Makabu’s WBC cruiserweight belt looking like the likeliest option. .
However, a mandatory Makabu meant a return to light heavyweight instead, where Canelo had previously won the WBO bracelet by beating Sergey Kovalev in November 2019.
He is now back at 175 pounds to take on Bivol, the technically gifted Russian who has held the WBA belt since 2017, successfully defending it eight times.
Bivol last struggled in December, when he outclassed compatriot Umar Salamov in a low-key affair in Yekaterinburg. He had previously been taken at bay by Croydon’s Craig “Spider” Richards on the Joseph Parker-Derek Chisora undercard in Manchester after 19 months out of the ring during the Covid pandemic.
After signing a two-fight deal with Matchroom, another win for Canelo here on Cinco de Mayo weekend would see him contest a third fight with nemesis Golovkin, who stopped Ryota Murata in a clash of middleweight unification in Japan last month.
‘GGG’ is eager to settle some old scores, having lost its second high profile reunion in September 2018 and been denied what many thought was a clear victory when the first fight was drawn a year later. early.
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Canelo vs Bivol date, start time, location and ring walks
Canelo vs Bivol will take place tonight, Saturday, May 7, 2022 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It will be a familiar late-night tale for UK fight fans, with the main undercard not expected to start until 1am BST.
Ring walks for the main event aren’t expected until around 4am BST on Sunday morning, meanwhile.
As always, these times are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
Canelo vs Bivol fight card / undercard in full
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol
Zhilei Zhang vs. Scott Alexander
Montana Love vs. Gabriel Valenzuela
Shakhram Giyasov vs. Christian Gomez
Marc Castro vs. Pedro Vicente
Elnur Abduraimov vs Manuel Correa
Alexis Espino vs. Aaron Silva
Joselito Velazquez vs. Marcos Sustaita
Fernando Angel Molina vs. Ricardo Valdovinos
How to watch Canelo vs. Bivol
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Canelo vs Bivol fight prediction
Is that a step too far and too much of a challenge for the iconic Canelo?
Despite his long inactivity before fighting Richards and a few low-key performances on his resume, Bivol possesses superb technical qualities due to his long amateur career.
His skills on that front are among the best when he’s on pace, while his speed, power and natural size will surely pose problems on Saturday night.
There’s a reason Eddie Hearn considers this Canelo’s toughest fight outside of the much underestimated Floyd Mayweather Bivol, who reigned as world champion for five years but isn’t as famous. than the ferocious Artur Beterbiev.
That said, Canelo is an absolute expert at wearing down opponents and relentlessly pressuring them as fights progress.
It’s easy to see Bivol start well here in a tight game, only to fall victim to the same tactics that have served the Mexican so well in the past.
Canelo winner by unanimous decision.
Canelo vs Bivol weigh-in results
Here are the results from Friday’s weigh-in:
Canelo Alvarez 174.6 pounds against Dmitry Bivol 174.6 pounds
Montana Love 140 vs. Gabriel Valenzuela 138.6
Shakhram Giyasov 146.6 vs. Christian Gomez 146
Marc Castro 134.8 against Pedro Vicente 134.8
Zhang Zhilei 276.2 vs. Scott Alexander 222.6
Canelo vs Bivol odds and betting tips
Canelo winner: 1/6
Bivol to win: 4/1
Canelo by decision/technical decision: 4/6
Canelo by KO, TKO or DQ: 11/4
Bivol by decision/technical decision: 6/1
Bivol by KO, TKO or DQ: 12/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change)