Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight results, highlights: Russian champion upsets Mexican superstar

Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight results, highlights: Russian champion upsets Mexican superstar

Published May 8, 2022
Views 16

Canelo Alvarez’s lofty ambition finally caught up with him on Saturday as the pound-for-pound king met his match in the form of unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), a four-division champion, landed a career-low 84 punches overall overall 12 rounds as Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) relied on his defense and accurate punching to pull the upset via unanimous decision inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All three judges scored it 115-113 for Bivol in a fight that appeared anything but competitive as CBS Sports scored it 119-109 in favor of Bivol.

“I’m sorry I ruined your plans [for a fall trilogy fight against] Gennadiy Golovkin, maybe,” Bivol said. “Congrats to [Alvarez], he’s a great champion and I respect him. But if you don’t believe in yourself, what do you do? You won’t achieve anything. I believe and my team believes.” 

Can’t get enough boxing and MMA? Get the latest in the world of combat sports from two of the best in the business. Subscribe to Morning Kombat with Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell for the best analysis and in-depth news, including instant analysis to Bivol’s shocking win over Alvarez on Saturday night below.

Six months after becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion of the four-belt era, Alvarez moved back up to 175 pounds for the first time since claiming the WBC title via knockout from Sergey Kovalev in 2019. But during the same week he teased a possible future move to heavyweight, Alvarez was unable to break through the technical strength of Bivol, a former Russian amateur star whose strength is muting the offense of his opponents.

Bivol’s jab was on point throughout and he consistently responded to any single punch landed by Alvarez with clean combinations in return. Bivol allowed Alvarez to stand at close range in front of him but never gave him a clean enough strike zone to land upon.

Most of the damage Alvarez did connect on was to the left shoulder and arm of Bivol, who stayed firm behind his high guard.

“I felt his power. As you can see from my arm, he beat my arm up but not my head,” Bivol said. “It’s better. He had a good speed and power. Maybe his mistake was he threw only hard punches. After hard punches, he relaxed and tired.

“I was feeling great. This was the biggest fight of my career and I enjoyed this fight. When the people booed me, it gave me more energy.”

The moment Dmitry Bivol won the biggest fight of his career 👏Watch #CaneloBivol | Live on https://t.co/FoiaUucI53 worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/JPEsWdYbTI

Alvarez, whose previous lone defeat came against Floyd Mayweather in 2013, connected on just 17% of his punches against Bivol and was outlanded by a margin of 152 to 84, according to CompuBox. He also told reporters after that he thought he was ahead on the scorecards heading into the final rounds.

“He’s a great champion. Sometimes in boxing, you win or lose. I lost today and he won,” Alvarez said. “He’s a really good fighter. He’s a fighter who comes in and goes out. I also felt his power. It was a good victory for him.”

After the fight, Alvarez shared hopes for a rematch, to which Bivol seemed willing.

“A rematch? No problem. Let’s talk about a rematch,” Bivol said. “I took this fight because I just wanted the opportunity and I appreciate the opportunity. I am ready for the rematch, I just want to make sure I win and am treated like a champion now.”

For now, it’s unclear what comes next for Alvarez. The undisputed super middleweight champion was expected to face Gennadiy Golovkin in September to complete their trilogy, but a potential rematch with Bivol could be in play, as could another contender at either middleweight or super middleweight. One thing is for sure, however, this was Bivol’s night and he’ll be able to celebrate in kind.

The undercard saw some rising prospects take the next step in their development. Montana Love scored a knockdown and then suffered one of his own against Gabriel Gollaz en route to a decision win in the co-main event at junior welterweight. And 22-year-old Marc Castro cruised over six rounds to outpoint Pedro Vicente as the bantamweight slowly works his way toward higher levels of competition.

CBS Sports will be with you throughout the night in Las Vegas, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below. 

R12: They are standing right in front of each other, only Canelo can’t land a thing. 10-9 Bivol (Overall: 119-109 Bivol)

Looks like we have a rematch 👀@Canelo: “Of course I want the rematch. This doesn’t end here!”@bivol_d: “No problem! I want respect as the Champion”#CaneloBivol ✅#BivolCanelo2 🔜 pic.twitter.com/4Ax9A4zvT5

Canelo walks off after a frustrating night 😓Watch #CaneloBivol on demand on https://t.co/FoiaUtUyQV worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/nokMVRXnYH

“In boxing, you win and lose” – @Canelo #CaneloBivol pic.twitter.com/jJ6ddqfjej

“Thank you @EddieHearn, sorry I broke your plans with Gennady Golovkin” 🙃#CaneloBivol pic.twitter.com/HBIKLJK8fi

The moment Dmitry Bivol won the biggest fight of his career 👏Watch #CaneloBivol | Live on https://t.co/FoiaUucI53 worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/JPEsWdYbTI

Scores: 115-113, 115-113, 115-111 for Dmitry Bivol. It’s a unanimous decision. 

BIVOL SHOCKS THE WORLD AND DEFEATS CANELO 🏆Watch #CaneloBivol | Live on https://t.co/FoiaUucI53 worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/CZEszTKGj5

Canelo’s 84 punches landed is a career low. 

This one is OVER… who won? 👀Watch #CaneloBivol | Live on https://t.co/FoiaUtUyQV worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/wXtaeZHVa0

R12: Three straight jabs from Bivol back Alvarez up. Canelo can’t crack the code. 

R12: Bivol’s defense along the ropes is swallowing everything Canelo is trying here. 

ROUND 12: Good pressure from Alvarez early. He needs a knockout on my card. Right counter to the body from Bivol. 

R11: Alvarez’s pressure is met once again by the combinations of Bivol. 10-9 Bivol (Overall: 109-100 Bivol)

R11: Nice left hook on the break from Bivol and a frustrated Canelo picks him up and almost dumps him over his shoulder. 

R11: Canelo jabs to the body. Nice right hand counter downstairs from Bivol. 

ROUND 11: Good defense from Bivol early to swallow the power shots from Alvarez. 

2 ROUNDS TO GO 🥊Watch #CaneloBivol | Live on https://t.co/FoiaUucI53 worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/1hX7xYU8Xs

R10: 10-9 Bivol (Overall: 99-91 Bivol)

R10: Alvarez is circling away and just not throwing much. He looks frustrated. Nice right hand off the break from Bivol. 

R10: A three-punch combo lands flush for Bivol as Canelo backstepped. Canelo gets cornered and Bivol is picking him apart without overextending. 

Canelo’s corner knows he’s taking too many shots 😯Watch #CaneloBivol | Live on https://t.co/FoiaUtUyQV worldwide, excl. Latin America & Mexico | DAZN PPV in US & Canada pic.twitter.com/6DiHfv2HRf

ROUND 10: Beautiful pot-shotting combos from Bivol to open up. Great use of the jab from Bivol. 

R9: More body punches from Alvarez. 10-9 Canelo (Overall: 89-82 Bivol)

R9: Good body work from Alvarez. This is a good round for him. 

R9: Bivol steps up his combinations but Canelo is moving with the punches nicely to avoid the damage. 

R9: Single shots land for Canelo. Nice left uppercut for Alvarez. Bivol answers to the body.

ROUND 9: Aggressive start for Alvarez as he backs Bivol up. The main issues is he just can’t land clean. Nice left hand counter from Bivol. 

R8: Nice counter flurry from Bivol to the body to end the round. 10-9 Bivol (Overall: 80-72 Bivol)

R8: Alvarez putting together a bit of a comeback here.