June 28, 2022

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez, arguably the game’s largest draw, faces his first opponent of 2022 on Saturday in Las Vegas. The chances are slim that Russian Dmitry Bivol, the WBA tremendous mild heavyweight champion, will current a severe problem to Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo Weekend.

Alvarez, who’s on a 16-fight unbeaten streak, is a -475 favourite at DraftKing Sportsbook in the title struggle at T-Cellular Enviornment. Bivol has +350 odds to tug off the upset.

Whereas Bivol is a determined underdog, he’s given a greater likelihood to win than Alvarez’s most up-to-date opponents. Previous to struggling an Eleventh-round TKO in November, Caleb Plant was given +600 odds to beat Alvarez. One yr in the past, Billy Joe Saunders was round a +500 underdog towards Alvarez for a bout that was stopped after the eighth spherical. 

There’s a sturdy likelihood that ringside judges will determine the winner. Alvarez and Bivol have -230 odds to go the space.

The most probably situation is an Alvarez victory by resolution, which is given -140 odds. Bivol has +800 odds to grow to be the primary boxer to defeat Alvarez by knockout. The chances of a draw are +1800.

The one loss on Alvarez’s resume got here towards Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 14, 2013. Alvarez was 23 years previous on the time, whereas Mayweather was in his prime.

“In fact he has a superb energy, he has a superb abilities, however most of individuals take into consideration him like he’s untouchable or he’s unstoppable, or he has sufficient energy to beat tremendous heavyweights,” Bivol instructed Marcos Villegas of Struggle Hub TV final month. “Generally it’s humorous to listen to about him from individuals. Initially, he’s a superb fighter however he’s a person and he had a loss and draw — it means should you imagine in your abilities, should you’re good boxer you can make him another loss.”

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Alvarez is 15-0-1 since dropping to Mayweather. The one blemish on Alvarez’s report throughout that span was a controversial draw towards Gennady Golovkin in September 2017. A lot of the boxing world believed that Golovkin ought to’ve been awarded the victory. Alvarez defeated Golovkin within the rematch a yr later in one other very tight battle.

Alvarez and Bivol are each 31 years previous. Bivol has a peak and attain benefit, although neither could issue a lot towards the technically gifted Alvarez.

Bivol, who started his skilled profession in November 2014, is an ideal 19-0 in his skilled boxing profession. Every of his final six wins have come by unanimous resolution. 

Bivol has not fought an elite opponent in his profession. His camp could also be hoping that Bivol’s unconventional punching and defensive model would possibly alter the technique of an skilled energy puncher like Alvarez and subsequently current a chance for an upset.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez celebrates his win over Caleb Plant on the MGM Grand Enviornment, Las Vegas in November 2021. Photograph: Mikel Ona / IBTimes

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