Undisputed super-middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez steps up a weight division to challenge Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light-heavyweight title.
Alvarez is a four-weight world champion and the Mexican is widely regarded as boxing's pound-for-pound king. Canelo has claimed all four super-middleweight belts, seeing off the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Billy Joe Suanders and Callum Smith to unify the division.
The Mexican is 1/5 to add Bivol's WBA light-heavyweight title to his growing collection of belts, with the champion currently rated a 10/3 shot. It's pretty remarkable how Alvarez has carried his power with him as he has moved up in weight and Canelo is 5/2 for another victory by KO, TKO or Disqualification.
The fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday, 8th May, 2022. The fighters are expected to ring walk at around 5am UK time.
The fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The venue has a rich history of hosting sporting events and Alvarez's clash with Golovkin and the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor fight was held at the T-Mobile Arena.
Yes. The contest will be broadcast live in over 200 countries on subscription streaming service DAZN.
Alvarez is the strong 1/5 favourite, with Bivol rated a 10/3 chance. Canelo is 5/2 to win by stoppage as the Mexican steps up a weight division.
Bivol's WBA light-heavyweight title is on the line in Las Vegas. Canelo has the super-middleweight division locked down, but there is talk of a third fight against Golovkin in the future. Alvarez won the WBO belt at this weight when beating Sergey Kovalev in 2019 and Bivol has held the WBA crown since 2017.
Alvarez has a phenomenal record and can lay strong claims to being boxing's pound-for-pound king. The Mexican has won 57 of his 60 professional bouts, with 39 of those coming via knockout. The only defeat on Canelo's card came against all-time great Mayweather in 2013.
Canelo has taken care of all-comers in the super-middleweight division and his pair of fights with Triple G will live long in the memory. Alvarez has looked as good as ever when stopping both Caleb Plant and Saunders in his last two fights and those pair of victories saw the Mexican crowned the undisputed 168lbs champion.
Bivol is unbeaten in his 19 professional contests. The Kyrgyzstan puncher was a gifted amateur boxer, winning the Russian national championships on two occasions, and racking up 283 fights.
Bivol has managed good wins over Isaac Chilemba, Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jnr as a pro and the 31-year-old saw off Britain's Craig Richard's last year.
We don't quite know how good Bivol is and this will be a tough test of his credentials. We do know that the Kyrgyzstan puncher has struggled to carry his power through the ranks, as he steps up in class, and Bivol has won his last six bouts by decision.
Filip Hrgovic's clash with Zhilei Zhang is the standout fight on the undercard. The winner of that bout could potentially be in line for a shot at the winner of the Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk bout.
Shakram Giyasov and Christian Gomez should also serve up an entertaining contest.
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