Via Sean Jones: Canelo Alvarez looked sluggish, sluggish and tired last Saturday night, losing to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol by unanimous decision at the 12th round in a more one-sided match than so amazingl set of scores passed down by the three judges who worked on the inside.
After four rounds, ALL four judges eliminated Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) 4-0that fully shows what Bivol is unbeaten (20-0, 10 KOs) against the famous Mexican star on his home turf at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For boxing fans who don’t remember, this is also the location where Canelo twice fought Gennadiy Golovkin in controversial bouts.
Canelo looks old
After four rounds, this writer ended the fight between Canelo and Bivol. 2-2. Canelo fought well enough to get through the first and fourth quarters, even though he overtrained and landed. Canelo unleashed single shots, most of which were blocked.
Bivol was shooting him with a two & four punch combo between Canelo’s rare shots, these shots weren’t thrown with the same power, but they landed clean. Bivol made it look effortless with his strokes, as if he were reaching out without even trying to upload.
There’s no way Canelo deservedly made it 4-0 after four innings, and sadly this judging panel was skewed again.
One thing Sean Jones noticed was how old Canelo looked. Even though he was 31 years old, he looked almost 38 and reminded me of what the great Julio Cesar Chavez of boxing looked like when he lost the De La Hoya youth Oscar in 1996. Chavez was 34 at the time. age but looks like a fossil and is completely overpowered compared to De La Hoya.
In the fifth round, Bivol bombarded Canelo with a series of six punches as he was resisted by ropes. There were at least four shots that hit Canelo in the head, repeatedly sending it back.
One gets the sense watching that embarrassment that Bivol might have stopped Canelo if he had repeated that process in the subsequent innings, but instead he chose not to be too greedy, focusing mainly into combinations of two to four punches.
Bivol’s technique was impeccable throughout the entire 12-round competition, nailing Canelo with a smooth combination and then plunging without being hit back.
“I am very proud and competitive. I got up and fought at 175lbs,” Canelo Alvarez said after his loss to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol last Saturday night.
“I was out of my comfort zone fighting with a weight that wasn’t my own; There’s no shame about it,” Canelo continued. “I’m looking for challenges that other people would be scared to take because they might lose.”
Canelo did not say why he moved to 175 to challenge Bivol for his WBA light heavyweight title.
While Canelo considers himself brave for his decision to go up 175 to face Bivol, many boxing fans believe he made the move to avoid an equally dangerous threat from David Benavidez at 168.
With Benavidez’s strength and high speed of work, Canelo is in danger of being knocked out by the 25-year-old. Therefore, Canelo chose to go up 175 to face pure martial artist Bivol, who is not a giant puncher but has Shakur Stevenson-like skills.
If Canelo were at 168, he would be expected to take on young shooter Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs), who is his No. 1 contender with the WBC belt and has called him out for several years. five.
Being defeated by Benavidez would give Canelo no reason to lose to bigger boxer Bivol at 175. As you can see, Canelo chose to mention that he moved to 175, a convenient way to put it. excuses for his fans.
“I don’t make any excuses, but I felt that I had won the war,“Canelo speaks like a boxer in a 100% denial of his loss.
“I thought maybe I lost four or five rounds, but I definitely didn’t lose the war. Maybe the weight was a little bit of an issue and made me feel less than 100%,” Canelo said and defended.