Canelo vs Bivol: P4P Star Faces Toughest Test Since GGG 1

Canleo vs Bivol

Published on 5 May 2022 7:24 pm (UK Time)

P4P Number One Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez takes on Unbeaten WBA Light heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol in what some proclaim as Canelo’s toughest test since Gennady Golovkin 1, a fight which the majority had Canelo losing.

Canelo vs Bivol, on the Seventh of May, takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a massive period for DAZN immediately succeeding Taylor Serrano which transcended the sport of boxing. Canelo vs Bivol also marks the debut of DAZN PPV in the US and the first of potentially three Canelo fights with DAZN in 2022.

Canelo Bivol Fight Breakdown

Bivol (19-0) has the style that many see as ideal to beat Canelo Alvarez (57-1-2). Bivol has one of the best jabs in boxing, coupled with his distance management, the unbeaten light heavyweight will be a very difficult man to land clean on. He does not carry the power to stop the Mexican so he will have to rely on the judges meaning he needs to win rounds convincingly and at least eight of them.

Bivol has looked almost unbeatable in the vast majority of his fights except for a bad night in the office with Craig Richards, who was two levels below but still won three rounds. Canelo has had consecutive fights with good technical boxers and is accustomed to patient pressure fighting which he very much needs on May 7.

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Canelo has a big advantage here as he does with all of his opponents and that is his resume, Canelo has consistently faced the best fighters in the world across four weight divisions in the last decade. That is not the same for Bivol who holds a win over WBO Champion Joe Smith Jr but has not faced elite opposition in recent times – the likes of Beterbiev, Zurdo or Callum Smith.

Canelo vs Bivol Main Card

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On Chief Support, Matchroom USA’s New signing Montana love (17-0-1) takes on Mexico’s Gabriel Valenzuela (25-2-1) for the IBF North American super lightweight title. Montana broke onto the scene fighting on the undercard of Jake Paul and beating former world champion Ivan Baranchyk in a terrific fight where both men were hurt, but Montana forced the seventh-round stoppage.

His opponent Valenzuela’s claim to fame is an upset win over Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr last February via majority decision and has kept the momentum rolling since picking up two more wins. A tough test for Love but a win here will surely elevate his existing IBF ranking into the top ten.

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Uzbekistan super lightweight Shakhram Giyasov (12-0) moves up to the welterweight division to face Mexico’s Christian Gomez (22-2-1) for the IBF North American welterweight title. This is an interesting matchup for his 147-pound debut as we don’t know exactly how good Gomez is but realistically Giyasov should be way too seasoned and have too much pedigree for him. Gomez is a frequent on Canelo/Matchroom Mexico undercards.

Filip Hrgovic (14-0) was supposed to face Chinese Southpaw Puncher Zhillei Zhang (23-0-1) in a final eliminator for the IBF heavyweight mandatory position, but Hrgovic pulled out for personal reasons earlier in the week and instead Zhang will face Scott Alexander (16-4) over ten rounds on the Canelo vs Bivol card before the final eliminator with Hrgovic is rescheduled.

Also on the Canelo vs Bivol main card, top Matchroom USA Lightweight prospect Marc Castro (6-0) who has been a constant feature in Canelo Alvarez undercards will face Puerto Rican Pedro Vicente Scharbaai (7-4-1) over eight rounds. Castro has impressed with 5 KO’s in six fights but was dropped by Julio Madeira last time out.

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Canelo vs Bivol Preliminary Action

In the flyweight division, 28-year-old Joselito Velasquez (14-0-1) faces Colombian Jose Soto (15-1-0). This is a very well matched contest and if the winner impresses they could take earn a slot on another big Matchroom show and announce themselves as a threat in the division.

Matchroom’s middleweight prospect Alex Espino (9-0-1) is in a 50-50 must-win contest with Mexican Aaron Silva (9-0). Silva beat another undefeated fighter Raul Salomon on the Matchroom Mexico card in 2021 and looks to take away another unbeaten record on the Canelo vs Bivol card.

World of Boxing prospect Elnur Abduraimov (8-0) faces fellow unbeaten prospect 11-0 Manuel Correa in what could be a really exciting matchup with the element of unknown big in this fight. Finally on the Canelo vs Bivol card, Fernando Angle Molina (7-0) meets 8-1 Ricardo Valdovinos.

By Darshan Desai


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