Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol Prediction

Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol Prediction

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol Prediction

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Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

Dmitry Bivol will put his WBA light heavyweight world title on the line against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Alvarez is eyeing his second title in the light heavyweight division after he won the WBO light heavyweight world title against Sergey Kovalev in November 2019. That was his last fight in the light heavyweight division.

In his last fight, Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs), became the undisputed super middleweight champion when he defended the WBC, WBA, and WBO super middleweight titles, and captured Caleb Plant’s IBF super middleweight title in November 2021. Alavarez bounced around from the 168-pound division and the 175-pound division several times since 2018.

If Alvarez gets past Bivol, he will have a date lined up with Gennadiy Golovkin in September for a trilogy fight. If the trilogy with Golovkin happens, it will take place at 168 pounds. He will have an opportunity to compete in two titles fights at two different weights within four months.

Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) won the WBA light heavyweight title in November 2017 against Trent Broadhurst. He will be making the eighth title defense of his belt against Alvarez.

There was a point in time when Bivol was the most feared light heavyweight in the world. The hype lessened over the last four years, but he is still a formiddable opponent for Alvarez. His most notable wins came against Sullivan Barrera, Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal, and Joe Smith Jr.

This will be Bivol’s first time fighting in Las Vegas since June 2017. This time around, Bivol will be one-half of the main event in Las Vegas.

Odds Via FanDuel 

Bivol (+350)| Canelo (-550)

Final Prediction: Canelo Alvarez def. Dmitry Bivol Via Ninth-Round TKO 

This will be a solid test for Alvarez because it is meant to be a trap. In order to reach the fight against Golovkin, he needs to vanquish Bivol. Alvarez’s combination of power, boxing skills, and defense will make it hard for Bivol to control the ring. Bivol likes to walk down his opponent, but he will be met with counter ounches from Alvarez. Bivol has the skills to win a few rounds but Alvarez’s power will take over after the midway point in the fight.

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