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The great Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring this weekend as he faces Dmitry Bivol in Las Vegas, looking to set up a trilogy showdown with long-time rival Gennady Golovkin.
That remarkable milestone was followed by intense scrutiny and speculation over which weight the division-defying Mexican icon would target next, with a challenge for Ilunga Makabu’s WBC cruiserweight belt looking the most likely option.
However, an enforced Makabu mandatory meant a return to light-heavyweight instead, where Canelo previously won the WBO strap by beating Sergey Kovalev in November 2019.
Now he’s back at 175lbs to take on Bivol, the technically-gifted Russian who has held the WBA belt since 2017, defending it successfully on eight occasions.
When is Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol?
- Date: Saturday, May 7
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: Midnight ET (approx.)
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol will take place Saturday, May 7. The main event is expected to begin around midnight ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
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The fight between Canelo Álvarez and Dmitry Bivol will happen at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This hotly anticipated encounter will see 4-division world champion Canelo Álvarez back in the ring, after his impressive performance against Caleb Plant last November.
He managed to unify the four major world titles and became the undisputed super-middleweight, with an 11th-round knockout. This time we’ll see Canelo face an entirely different challenge.
Now he faces WBA (super) light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol; an undefeated Russian who believes he can go the distance. Many expected to see Canelo fight Ilunga Makabu the former WBC cruiserweight champion but due to complications, the fight was never made. As a result, we shall see Bivol make his 4th defense of the WBA super title for an exciting encounter named ‘Legacy is earned’.
Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol Preview
When the fight was announced by Matchroom and Eddie Hearn over the weekend, it caught fight fans off-guard. Many expected Canelo to step up to cruiserweight for the first time in his career, but it was reported that talks had broken down. Instead, we will get to see Canelo on DAZN on two occasions before the end of the year.
First, he will come up against WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, before a reported money-spinning trilogy fight against Gennady Golovkin in September.
his fight in May will give the Mexican another chance to create history, as he looks to get his hands on the light-heavyweight title.
Canelo has already won the WBO light heavyweight title during his career, as he beat Sergey Kovalev by KO back in November 2019.
Canelo was last seen in the ring in November, as he captured all of the middleweight gold with a dominant victory against Caleb Plant. However, there are certainly questions about whether Canelo can end Bivol’s seven-year reign as champion.
Canelo vs Bivol Odds
- Canelo – 2/9
- Draw – 16/1
- Bivol – 16/5
The betting favorite here Alvarez opened as a -350 favorite over Bivol at +250. That means Canelo has an implied win probability of 78%. Betting on Bivol here as the underdog would net you $250 on a $100 bet on the chance of an upset occurring. For a more in-depth breakdown; check out our Canelo vs Bivol prediction here.
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Bivol is certainly the B-side here but he’s no slouch and the oddsmakers recognize that. Against Plant, Canelo opened as a -600 favorite and -500 to Saunders. Both of these betting lines moved heavily in favor of Canelo come fight night. We can expect the same to happen here against Bivol.
Dmitry Bivol vs Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez betting tips
As we previously mentioned, we think that Canelo could prove to be too good and smart for Bivol. The smaller man he may be, but it hasn’t stopped him in the past from knocking the bigger man out.
Look at Caleb Plant, Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Avni Yildrim, Sergey Kovalev, and Daniel Jacobs. All of these former opponents of Canelo were far bigger than him, yet he still beat them all up and stopped half of them as well.
For that reason, we can see this being another fight where Canelo’s opponent doesn’t last the full 36 minutes. Although Bivol is the champion, doesn’t know what defeat tastes like, and is the far bigger man, fighting Canelo is just supremely difficult.
We can see Bivol getting frustrated by Canelo’s slick movement and counterpunching ability and trying too hard and overcommitting to his shots. That will be what Canelo wants, who will bide his time before punching and landing his big shots on the body and chin of Dmitry Bivol.
For that reason, we can’t see this fight going the full 12 rounds. At a price of 7/4 with 888Sport, we think this is extremely good value and is a decent bet for punters wanting to place a bet on the fight but not entirely sure who to back.