The defending WBA super light heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol, will meet Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, May 7, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Less than a month ago, Gennady Golovkin overcame Ryota Murata in round 9 of their middleweight unification fight. Canelo is currently facing Bivol. These emotions, however, as a brilliant champion, may be premature.
Bivol was elevated from interim to regular champion ahead to his fight with Lenin Castillo, then he was named WBA super champion in October 2019. Bivol won both of his fights in 2013, going 19-0. Two months later, in December, he defeated another undisputed champion, this time Umar Salamov Since the rematch with Golovkin, Canelo has gone 8-0.
Consolidation fights at light heavyweight against Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev, and an 11-month winning streak at super middleweight to become the 168-pound division’s first undisputed world champion. Canelo Alvarez is one of just six current four-belt champions who has never lost a title fight.
Alvarez – He Is going to target another title
Boxing fans were taken aback when Matchroom and Eddie Hearn announced the news over the weekend. The promotion of Canelo to cruiserweight was widely anticipated, but talks appear to have stopped. As a result, Canelo will appear twice on DAZN this year. His first opponent will be WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, followed by a lucrative trilogy battle against Gennady Golovkin in September.
The Mexican will have another opportunity to create history in May when he fights for the light heavyweight belt. Canelo won the WBO light heavyweight title after KOing Sergey Kovalev in November 2019.
Canelo had not fought since gaining the middleweight belt by defeating Caleb Plant in November. Canelo’s potential to end Bivol’s seven-year reign as champion is heavily questioned.
Bivol – opportunity to rise against one of the best fighters
Dmitry Bivol was overjoyed at the idea of facing one of the greatest boxers of all time. Given his flawless 19-0 record, the Russian should be confident. He has 11 career knockout victories at this weight class and a gold medal from the 2013 World Combat Games.
He is the world’s second-best light-heavyweight boxer, according to The Ring. The Russian has been the undisputed light heavyweight champion since May 2016, when he fought Felix Valera.
In 2017, he defeated Trent Broadhurst to win the title. As a result, he has maintained his dominance in the division, most recently defeating Joe Smith Jr. in March of this year! He will face Umar Salamov in December 2021.
So who will win the upcoming light heavyweight championship contest between Dmitry Bivol and Canelo Alvarez?
The light heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas will have a lot riding on it. Despite his perfect record, this is the most difficult test Bivol has ever faced. Each expert and avid fan of this sport can have their own points of view to see how the event is going. However, Canelo is our pick to preserve his unbeaten record and generate anticipation for his September fight with Golovkin.