Via Jack Tiernan: Dmitry Bivol said he wasn’t worried about being ripped off by the judges Saturday night when he fought ‘boxer’ Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Bivol, 31, trusts the umpires to score his match against Canelo correctly and doesn’t give out meaningless weird scores.
One way Bivol could avoid receiving a controversial decision against superstar Canelo is to get rid of the referees by kicking him out.
Some fans would argue that Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) is beating Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) to crime scene in his two battles with Gennadiy Golovkin, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena.
Canelo has his reasons for wanting to fight Bivol at T-Mobile, but the weird thing is that he would choose a position where he avoids defeat.
Bivol believes he can stop Canelo
“I believe I have to be the best version of myself,” Bivol told DAZN Boxing Show when asked if he is the type of Canelo to win.
“If I see that I can stop him soon, of course, I will like every boxer if he sees it. But every boxer should be ready to go the distance. Doesn’t matter about the decision. What’s more important is how I feel after the game.
“If I feel after the game that I won, and my coach says I won, and if the audience is happy with my performance, then that is more important to me,” said Bivol. speak.
It would bother Bivol if he lost a controversial decision to Canelo as his rematch chances would not be good.
With Canelo’s next match against Golovkin already booked for September 17, he likely won’t give Bivol a rematch if he beats him with a questionable decision.
“I can’t imagine my life without boxing, and of course, it was worth it, and I’m glad where I am right now. It’s been a long journey to get here, and sometimes I sacrifice a lot of time and my health. If you want to achieve something, you have to make sacrifices and work hard,” says Bivol.
“I just want people to think of me, that I’m a good fighter who can create something good in the ring, and that people can learn and absorb something from them,” Bivol said.
“I don’t think about what will happen after the war or what May 8 will be. I just focused on the fight,” said Bivol.
Legacy is earned
Eddie Hearn said: “You are talking about a young man in Dmitry Bivol, an excellent amateur. “Two world championship gold medals that he has won.
“Invincible, undefeated, never lost, never really injured in a fight, and defeated some of the great boxers with ease, and now is Dimitry’s moment. It’s time for him to create his own greatness.
“The line for this fight is ‘Legacy is Earn’, and that’s 100% true. If you want to be a great, you have to go out there and beat Canelo Alvarez on Saturday,” Hearn said.
Hearn said: “This match was one of the most difficult of Canelo Alvarez’s career.
Hearn said: “If Dmitry Bivol wins, he will become a king of balance. “This is the moment he has been waiting for all his career.
“If Canelo Alvarez wins, it’s another champion he’s dethroned. It’s another piece of history and the legacy he’s created. This is an uphill fight and anything can happen,” Hearn said.
Canelo is driven by challenge
“Dmitry Bivol is a great fighter, a solid champion at 175 years old,” Canelo said. “For me, he is the best at 175, so that makes me feel alive and motivated.
“For me, it was a really good challenge. If you want to make history, you have to fight the best. I want to be one of the best boxers in the history of boxing. That’s why I choose these types of matches,” said Canelo.
“I’m going to enjoy this fight because it’s a dangerous fight and I really like it,” Canelo said. “Whatever happens there, I’ll give my best and I’ll win.”
Matchroom Boxing coach Eddy Reynoso said: “Canelo always has to fight guys that he has to get inside, so height isn’t really a problem for him.
“I discussed it with Eddie Hearn. It’s not on the table, but we discussed it but it’s a ping-pong idea,” Canelo said of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk, the IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion.
“Yes, I believe I can do it,” Canelo said when asked if he could hurt and stop Bivol. “I believe in my abilities and my strength. Body, chin, whatever. ”
“Up to 178, max 180,” Canelo said when asked how much he plans to weigh on Saturday night for the Bivol match. “I feel good; I’m always training.
“Yes, I need to lose 6, 7 pounds,” Canelo said when asked if he needed to lose weight to hit his 175 lb limit.
Dmitry is confident of victory
“All fighters are different and we are all unique with unique qualities,” says Bivol. “My package of qualities is also very unique. For him [Canelo]I will be something new. ”
“I only won this fight because I believe, and I hope I will. We’ll see what happens,” Bivol said.
“I think I have enough experience, and I have enough strength, speed, boxing qualities to fight the best,” said Bivol. “… I don’t think I have avoided it.
“Probably not just an interesting fight to make because I’m unknown. I know it’s business. Good. ALRIGHT. No problem. But now I fought,” said Bivol.
Atlas: Bivol must box Canelo
Teddy Atlas said on The Fight, when asked what Bivol had to do to win. “He was a naturally larger man, underweight.
“He won’t win by being naturally bigger because guess who is stronger and more physically fit. [fighter]. I do not know why.
“Perhaps he [Canelo] Atlas talks about Canelo.
“Now, he is no longer the smaller man, although he was once a guy who was a welder, welder, middle school, middle school, and then super average. He’s a light person now, he’s thick, he’s strong, and there’s no way back. That’s where you start.
“You have to know what you are up against and what you are. Atlas says he’s not going to win a powerhouse contest by supporting Canelo. “Naturally bigger guy Bivol isn’t the stronger in this fight anymore or even the bigger guy when it comes to that.
“He will have to ignore him, but that is his temperament. That’s the nature of Bivol anyway, to be cautious, to be careful. Atlas said.
Bivol’s greatest asset: Legs & jab
Atlas said of Bivol: “The two things he needed to win this fight as his greatest assets were his feet and his shot. “That’s what winning for Bivol and his mind. He’s very brainy; he’s very smart.
“He likes to get in and out and dominate with jabs and set things up. If you wait too long, he will get off the bus first. If you approach, he will counterattack.
“Every now and then, he comes in with a left hook. He should be careful with that because Canelo will give him time; he is very good at it. Understand your competitors, their strengths and their weaknesses.
“One thing with Canelo is that his progress is also a weakness that someone can take advantage of. He learned from Mayweather to move his head more, and he did; He’s made progress, Canelo.
Atlas said: “He’s done a great job. “Sometimes he’s in the middle of the ring or on the rope, where sometimes he’ll have to defend like Mayweather did. It’s almost like he’s acting as he likes, but he’s been on the defensive for too long without reacting.
“That’s one of the points where Bivol is going to win this and make a decision, which in itself won’t be so easy. he is [Canelo] golden goose with judges. If he’s going to do that, he has to take advantage of things like that,” Altas said.