Canelo Alvarez loses to Dmitry Bivol via unanimous decision

All three judges scored the bout 115-113 to Dmitry Bivol, giving Canelo Alvarez his first loss since 2013.

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Sefa Kozan
May 10, 2022 6:15 am

A really good insight made by about Canelo’s invincibility aura. Before Canelo’s fight with Bivol there was talk of him stepping up to fight Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury. Many people dismissed this idea as ludicrous. There are weight classes for a reason, they said. However while I agree on the purpose of weight classes, I also agree with Joe Rogan’s comments about Canelo fighting Usyk;

Not only is Canelo interested in this fight, verbally, but I actually believe him. Most fighters that would say something as crazy as that… to show that much confidence in yourself, this guy means it.

The fact is Canelo is so skilled and has so many accomplishments under his belt, or should I say many belts, that you simply can’t dismiss his comments. Ronda Rousey is the perfect counter-example. By the time she had dispatched Miesha Tate (twice), Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia, she had been hyped up so much that some pundits were suggesting she could defeat Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring. Now this is what I call a ludicrous suggestion. It was ludicrous then and it’s all the more so now given how we’ve seen MMA-boxing crossover fights in a boxing ring. The same story repeats itself; the MMA fighter is like a fish out of water in a boxing ring against a professional.

The problem was Ronda Rousey deludedly believed her own hype. There was something in her demeanor that didn’t convince me. It’s like people who act too confident to cover up their insecurity. I saw that in Ronda. The hype came crashing down when she met Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes a year later. I believe that’s why it was so difficult for Ronda to recover from her first defeat. When you think you are invincible and something happens that goes against that, the coping strategies you need are unlikely to be present. This probably happened to Deontay Wilder when he suffered his first loss to Tyson Fury, coming up with excuses about his costume and spiking his water.

Canelo, on the other hand, has already suffered a defeat. Also he has a stronger mindset, knowing that as skilled as he is, he is prone to defeat. So where does he go from here? His team will have to analyze what went wrong. Was he so far above his natural weight that he couldn’t fight properly? Although Canelo lost, he still has a tremendous amount of credibility. He wasn’t knocked out or hurt. He was trying to walk down a taller, stronger and larger fighter. After the fight, Bivol’s arm was bruised and it was the first thing he pointed out to Canelo after they congratulated each other. If he can work things out at a heavier weight, I won’t dismiss his wish to fight boxers like Usyk down the road.

Just remember Canelo’s loss to Floyd Mayweather made Canelo one of the best boxers on the planet. It will be fascinating to see how Canelo reacts to this loss. Will it be the start of a downfall or could it take him to heights that few people could imagine?

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Sean Ellis
May 14, 2022 11:13 am

In the build up to this much anticipated contest, Dmitry Bivol exuded a confident calmness. When told that Canelo was sparring with heavyweights, Bivol shrugged it off and said he could be sparring with aliens for all he cared. He had a game plan and was sticking to it. Bivol’s ability to remain unfazed by the Canelo machine – media, fans, rumors, larger than life persona etc. – is a much desired skill in itself.

Crowd rejection is a topic I don’t see discussed much, especially in the context of today’s social media driven society. Was it an issue before? Definitely. If you are struggling in the middle of a fight and the crowd is screaming for you to get knocked out, it’s going to affect you. It’s impossible to ignore. Your emotions take over and you feel everyone is against you. The fight is now against 3 opponents: the guy punching you in the face, the crowd and yourself.

Although crowd rejection was most certainly a thing in the past, it is now different. Heightened, perhaps. As society progresses, so does sport. Earning are based on popularity, how many social media followers you have. Boxing is a business after all. It explains why Jake Paul can command a greater pay day than boxers who’ve been training their whole lives. Followers matter. Followers indicate popularity and that’s another part of the Canelo machine Bivol had to overcome. It takes a special kind of person to sweep that all aside and be confident in yourself. Canelo has 13 million IG followers compared to Bivol’s 482,000 (it was a lot less before he beat Canelo!), the crowd was overwhelmingly in support of Canelo and it was on the Cinco de Mayo weekend for goodness sake! It was Canelo’s show.

Bivol’s performance reminds me of Muhammad Ali’s first world championship win, not because of the boxing per se, but because of Ali’s mentality. Ali was a 22 year old kid, a 6-1 underdog against the most intimidating boxer of all time, Sonny Liston. Ali’s win presaged the greatness that would come both in and out of the ring. Bivol didn’t let the larger than life Canelo persona and crowd rejection affect his mentality. A weaker mindset would have stumbled on the very high hurdle. With a performance like that I’m eager to see what Bivol can go on to accomplish.

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Ernest Vicente
May 12, 2022 4:29 am

Early on I was worried this would be a repeat of the Callum Smith fight. It isn’t that I wanted Canelo to lose. Rather I wanted an opponent who was there to win, not only to survive and pick up a paycheck. Dmitry Bivol did just that. He believed in his skills and came to win. When I saw the fight was going to be more competitive than Canelo’s previous fights, my concern turned to the judges. My disgust at the result of the Josh Taylor-Jack Catteral fight had me fuming about the lack of integrity in boxing.

There is a running joke in boxing about how much you need to pay off the judges to beat Canelo, and for good reason. The fact that C.J. Ross scored the Canelo-Mayweather fight a draw and Adalaide Byrd scored the GGG-Canelo fight 118-110 in favor of Canelo means that few fighters get a fair shake at Canelo. The widespread understanding was Bivol had to get the TKO to win. Even if he outboxed him, he’d get robbed.

You could say that Bivol’s unanimous decision win is a win for boxing. Think again. Almost everyone had the scorecard 10 rounds to 2 in favor of Bivol. If we’re being generous we can make it 9-3 for Bivol. All three judges calling it 115-113 for Bivol is suspect. It’s also highly peculiar that they judges all had Canelo up 4-0 after the first four rounds! Why is this still being allowed to happen in boxing? Because Canelo lost, the news will be on his loss, not on the dubious scoring. The problem persists and nothing is being done about it. Boxing is a dirty sport and although Bivol’s win satisfies some people, corruption is alive and well.

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Eduardo Silva
May 9, 2022 4:59 am

The Canelo loss is a ticket back to reality for many of his supporters. I like Canelo because he is an excellent boxer and I respect his personality outside the ring. Some of the things we heard leading up to the fight made it sound like Canelo was a demi-god. Bivol himself commented on this during a pre-fight interview in which he said Canelo is just a human being like the rest of us, not some unstoppable superhero that cannot be beaten. He made reference to the Mayweather loss and the draw with Gennady Golovkin. The comments on this interview were the usual:

  • Canelo built different, brah. You gonna find out soon.
  • Bivol sounds just like Plant. He getting rekt.
  • I’ll come back after the fight to laugh at this interview.
  • Canelo TKO in 10.

Even if Bivol had lost, he wasn’t wrong. Canelo, like every other boxer including Bivol (who is probably going to be hyped up to the max now), is just a human being. Just look at the title of this topic. It isn’t “Dmitry Bivol beats Canelo Alvarez”. Instead it is “Canelo Alvarez loses…” as if the impossible has happened that Canelo took a defeat.

Some boxers lose before they enter the ring because the aura of a Canelo is too much to overcome. Bivol didn’t buy the hype. He knew Canelo is excellent at his craft, but he also knew that Canelo had weaknesses he could expose. Mike Tyson had the same aura. Boxers entered the ring scared, which very often meant they had already lost before the bout started. It was only until someone like Buster Douglas came along, someone who realized Mike Tyson was a human like everyone else, that he shattered this aura of invincibility so many of us are prone to believe.

Russell Bumak
May 8, 2022 1:47 pm

I give all the credit in the world to Canelo Alvarez for pushing the boundaries and challenging himself. Unlike fighters who cherry-pick their opponents to protect their win-loss record, Canelo isn’t afraid of losing. Some fans will argue that the loss tarnishes his legacy. I disagree. Manny Pacquiao has lost 8 times and has been brutally KO’d but is still widely regarded as one of the best p4p boxers ever. Muhammad Ali, the GOAT to many boxing fans, lost 5 times.

The step up to Light Heavyweight and facing the champion of that division(!) was always going to be a tall order. You could see when Bivol tagged him that it was bothering Canelo. We are so accustomed to seeing Canelo absorb his opponent’s onslaught and walk them down but this time that invincibility wasn’t there. Also when Bivol ate some of Canelo’s heavy shots, he could recover and counter with some beautiful combinations. The impact of the step up in weight showed. Canelo looked a lot more fatigued toward the end of the fight.

I can’t take anything away from Canelo. He showed a ton of heart to even take the fight and having been a professional since the age of 15, he knows how boxing fans are. Talks of a rematch are already being discussed with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting a September 2022 date. And fans are being their typical selves. Everywhere I’m seeing comments on how Canelo doesn’t stand a chance in the rematch. Why are some fans so narrow minded? It’s like they can’t understand that fighters adapt and evolve from one fight to the next. I remember how many people were saying Anthony Joshua didn’t stand a chance against Andy Ruiz in their rematch. Oh well, that’s another reason to respect Canelo. He’s doing what he needs to challenge himself, not to protect his record nor to carefully craft an image of himself for fans and the media.

Last edited 7 days ago by Russell Bumak