Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol are facing off next month. Bivol is challenging his WBA lightweight champion belt by going against Alvarez.
While Canelo usually fights as a middleweight, he will remain at 175 lbs to participate in this light heavyweight championship fight.
Evaluating each fighters’ stats tells fans where each boxer stands. Statistics can also help you speculate when you want to bet on boxing fights using sports betting providers, some of them also provide live casino games.
Place your bets wisely and do not fret if you lose one. You win some and you lose some when betting on sports fights.
Let’s analyze each fighter’s stats and then discuss experts’ speculations.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a veteran in the boxing ring as a middleweight and lightweight. He favors the traditional orthodox stance while in the ring.
Since his debut in October 2005, Alvarez’s record is 57 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws with 39 of those wins by knockout. His knockout ratio is currently 68%. The only loss he endured was due to a scorecard decision against his opponent, Floyd Mayweather in September 2013.
Despite his one loss, Canelo has held many past belts and champion titles including:
- WBC Franchise Middleweight Champion.
- The Ring Super Middleweight Champion.
- WBO World Super Middleweight Champion.
- IBF World Super Middleweight Champion.
- WBC World Super Middleweight Champion.
- WBA Super World Super Middleweight Champion.
Dmitry Bivol is a Russian-born light heavyweight boxer. Just like Alvarez, he prefers the traditional orthodox stance. He is more of a rookie compared to Alvarez because he has only been in the ring since November 2014.
Bivol’s record is 19 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws with 11 of those wins by knockout. His knockout ratio is 58%.
He currently holds the WBA Super World Light Heavyweight belt because of his promotion from a secondary belt in October 2019. He has not held any other belts since his debut.
Bivol’s last fight was against Umar Salamov in December 2021, which he won via unanimous decision in the 12th round.
Canelo has been in the ring for 8 more years than Bivol, but Bivol is not to be discredited because of his fewer years in the ring.
Alvarez is more of a close hand-to-hand combat type of boxer to reduce his opponent’s energy quickly. However, Bivol is a little larger and longer compared to Alvarez, which could be advantageous for him to keep his undefeated status.
Bivol was out of the ring from 2019 to 2021. Experts believe he may be somewhat rusty on his fighting skills because of this long break away from the ring.
Timothy Bradley, Jr. agrees that despite Bivol’s 19-month hiatus from the ring he will keep Alvarez on his toes during the upcoming bout.
Eddie Hearn says that Bivol could be Canelo’s most challenging fight since his bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions about the upcoming Canelo vs Alvarez bout.
Canelo and Bivol will face off on May 7, 2022 at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)/ 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Canelo and Bivol will face off in the boxing ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oddscritic speculates that Canelo will take Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight champion title and break Bivol’s winning streak.
Which fighter do you think will win May 7th’s light heavyweight bout? Are you Team Canelo or Team Bivol? Make your speculations in the comments!