Via Sean Jones: Dmitry Bivol weighed in at 174.6 lbs on Friday to defend his WBA light heavyweight title against Canelo Alvarez, who craves the belt for their big pay-per-view bout this Saturday. , May 7 on DAZN from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For its part, the short 5’7 1/2″ Canelo looks like a mini M1A2 Abram tank, weighing 174.4 lbs. Canelo could have problems if he is forced to move around the ring against Russian talent Bivol.
To be fair, Canelo probably needs a plan B, C, D, E&F. If he has any chance of winning on Saturday night, he’ll need to try different things because of the wind. normal high protection will not work against Bivol.
Canelo is fighting a bigger, more mobile guy, a better coordinated puncher and with a better punch. You hate to say it, but this fight could be a reimagining of Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez.
Canelo has the same high-defending style that Valdez unsuccessfully used in his decisive 12-round loss to Shakur on April 30.
In fact, Valdez may have learned the high guard style from Canelo because that’s how he fights, and they share the same gym and coach.
It’s likely Canelo won’t rehydrate more than 3-5 pounds in one night because light weight class isn’t his weight class.
He fights at 168 and the only reason he’s going up to 175 is to try and become undisputed champion fast by beating Bivol on Saturday, and then winner Artur Beterbiev with. Joe Smith Jr. in May 2023.
Canelo predicts victory
“I love this kind of challenge. You can expect everything from me as always,” Canelo said shortly after the successful weighing on Friday. “I will do my best and do my best. Of course, I will win.
“They make me very happy and motivated. Thank you very much. I am very happy and grateful to all the fans who have supported me,” said Canelo.
“Of course, it wasn’t my best performance against Craig Richards because I had a long break, but that war can be help to get this war,“Bivol said to iFL TV about his belief that his lackluster performance against British boxer Craig Richards gave Canelo the confidence to face him.
“I just have to be myself, and be the best version of me before Canelo. It helps me win,” said Bivol.