Last Updated May 08, 2022, 02:38 AM
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dimitry Bivol Picks, Predictions, Odds
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On May 7, one of the best boxers of this era, Canelo Alvarez, moves up to challenge Dmitry Bivol for his WBA light-heavyweight title in the T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo has been on a roll after edging out 'Triple G' in their 2018 rematch, winning seven fights in a row against good competition. Canelo's score has yet to be truly settled however, and with a win over Bivol a rubber match with Golovkin might be next up for the pound for pound No. 1. Bivol is no walkover however, and we will dive more into what challenges he poses to Canelo in the ring.
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Both men are young, hungry, and in their physical primes. A win for Bivol is massive and immediately catapults him into star status. A win for Alvarez most likely sets up a career-defining trilogy with 'Triple-G'. Let's preview this matchup between Canelo and the unbeaten Bivol for May 7.
Canelo vs. Bivol Date, Start Time, Location
- Date: Saturday, May 7
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- Network: DAZN PPV
- Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, US
Canelo vs. Bivol Tale of the Tape
|Height||5' 8"||6' 0"|
|Titles||IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO||WBA|
Canelo vs. Bivol Betting Odds
Every since the betting line for Canelo-Bivol opened in early March, money has been slowly but surely pouring in on Alvarez as the favorite. He initially opened at -400 (bet $400 to win $100), and has now been steamed up to about a -500 favorite. On the flip side you can grab Bivol in the underdog role at +333 (bet $100 to win $333).
Canelo vs. Bivol Betting Odds Comparison
Canelo vs. Bivol Prediction
Canelo is slowly but surely cementing his legacy amongst the best ever every time he steps foot in the ring. His reign has been nothing short of dominant ever since losing his only pro fight against all-time great Floyd Mayweather. This weekend he will look to put on another good performance against unbeaten Russian WBA light-heavyweight champion, Dimitrii Bivol.
Bivol does pose some interesting challenges to Canelo seeing as he is relatively technical in the ring. The guys Canelo has struggled against has primarily been boxers of the technical variety, relying solely on jabs and footwork to win fights.
It goes without saying that Bivol is not a Floyd Mayweather when it comes to technical boxing, however he has shown that he is able to win composed chess matches that go into the later rounds and I think that's where the Russian will have a shot at stealing some rounds in this fight.
Canelo is a great technical boxer too however, and specifically his counter striking is what makes him so deadly. He is also one of those guys with a seemingly endless gas tank. In both fights against 'Triple-G' I was amazed at how well Canelo carries his speed and power into the later rounds.
My concern for Bivol is his reliance on a high guard to block punches though. In his fight against Richards, Bivol was surprisingly unaware of how open he was to the midsection, and a smarter fighter will take advantage of that.
Bivol's superior size and range might win him the early rounds, but I predict that once the fatigue starts setting in Canelo will work the body and put the nail in the coffin, taking the 'o' of Bivol in doing so.
Best Bet: Round Group Betting: 'Canelo Rounds 7-12' (+450)
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