Dmitry Bivol defeats Canelo Álvarez - NPR

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Dmitry Bivol, left, throws a left at Canelo Álvarez within the fifth round of their WBA easy heavyweight title battle in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty photos hide caption

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Dmitry Bivol, left, throws a left at Canelo Álvarez within the fifth round of their WBA easy heavyweight title battle in Las Vegas.

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Russian easy heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol shocked the boxing world Saturday night, successful through a unanimous choice against superstar Canelo Álvarez – best the 2d defeat of Álvarez's superlative skilled profession.

always, the undefeated champion – Bivol, who has held the area Boxing affiliation's light heavyweight title seeing that 2017 – would get right billing, the 2nd boxer to enter the ring, the lead name on the poster.

however Álvarez, one of the most sport's largest draws, became no commonplace challenger. earlier than the in shape, he changed into ranked because the world's premier boxer pound-for-pound with the aid of The Ring magazine. final year, he changed into named the undisputed world champion at super middleweight.

King Canelo has entered the building #CaneloBivol

— Manouk Akopyan (@ManoukAkopyan) can also eight, 2022

So it was Álvarez who walked into T-cellular area in Las Vegas Saturday nighttime as the 5-1 favorite – however it turned into Bivol who walked out the winner.

Bivol, at 6 toes tall the naturally bigger athlete, spent the early rounds circling away from potent strikes via the 5-foot-eight Álvarez. however Bivol then used his competencies in both peak and attain to show the tide and take the in shape by means of resolution.

All three judges scored the combat 115-113 for Bivol, handing Álvarez his first loss given that 2013.

"I believed in myself, I believed I may win. I knew he had hard punches and would beat on my body, on my arm, and throw the left hooks," Bivol talked about in his put up-in shape press conference.

After the battle, Álvarez referred to he changed into proud of himself for a troublesome battle outdoor his most relaxed weight class.

"I feel like i will come out of this combat with my head held high because I gave the better of me in a distinct weight category," Álvarez referred to. "i am hunting for challenges that take me out of my comfort zone."

Álvarez is presently scheduled to return to 168 pounds for a super middleweight match towards Gennadiy Golovkin – the extremely predicted trilogy bout between both boxers – in September.

however Álvarez indicated Saturday that the Golovkin combat may be on dangle for an instantaneous rematch with Bivol. ("Rematch? No difficulty," Bivol stated.)

Álvarez, sparkling out of a dominating run at tremendous middleweight, had been looking for to become simply the sixth boxer within the activity's up to date period to declare a championship in 5 diverse weight courses.

only 5 boxers have won championships at 5 or more different weights: Manny Pacquaio, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, "Sugar" Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns.

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