Dmitry Bivol Pulled Off Boxing's Upset of the Year Against Canelo Alvarez

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Dmitry Bivol Pulled Off Boxing's Upset of the Year Against Canelo Alvarez

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Dmitry Bivol Pulled Off Boxing's Upset of the Year Against Canelo Alvarez

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WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol retained his title with a unanimous decision win (115-113, 3x) over Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas.

Bivol’s performance shocked the world because he was expected to lose to the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, Alvarez. He showed that there was a clear size advantage since Bivol was a natural light heavyweight who knew how to use his size against Alvarez.

Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) made the eighth successful defense of his world title. He took an early advantage in the fight by walking down Alvarez and backing him up against the ropes. As Alvarez typically has done in his fights, he collected data for the first half of the fight, then turned on his offense later in the bout. That did not happen against Bivol.

Alvarez was unable to turn the tide like he was able to do in every fight except for his loss to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013. Bivol continued to force Alvarez into corners and against the ropes. He forced Alvarez to absorb shots without being able to counter Bivol.

In the 11th round, Alvarez showed his frustrations with his lack of success by lifting Bivol up from the clinch. Bivol was able to use his boxing skills to march forward in the championship rounds.

Bivol showed that Alvarez bit off more than he was able to chew in Alvarez’s second light heavyweight title bout. Alvarez failed to get past Bivol’s guard on a consistent basis and Bivol fought a clean fight.

With the win, Bivol prevented Alvarez from having a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin in September. Bivol will likely see himself competing against Alvarez in a rematch in September, which was when Alvarez-Golovkin III would have taken place.

Bivol pulled off the biggest upset win of the year by dethroning boxing’s pound-for-pound king. In 2017, Bivol became a world champion and was viewed as one of the best light heavyweights in the world. Five years later, Bivol might have punched his ticket into boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings with this massive upset.

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