Canelo Alvarez returns to Las Vegas on Saturday night as he continues to gain weight in a bid to dare to be awesome. The Mexican superstar will take on WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on his second stint at 175 pounds in the pursuit of height. It all kicks off on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez continues to test himself against the top champions in weight classes well above his natural weight. He unified all four belts at 168 pounds last fall when he stopped Caleb Plant after also finishing two of the other three division titleholders. He also previously held junior middleweight and middleweight titles.
“I like this kind of challenge [because] It makes me feel alive,” Alvarez told CBS Sports this week. “That’s why I’m still in boxing because that kind of challenge gives me the adrenaline I need. For me there are no limits, so I always want more. And you never know? [Fighting at heavyweight?] Perhaps.”
However, the Mexican superstar continues to teeter near the unthinkable as he heads into this fight with significant disadvantages in both height and range against Bivol. The Russian champion is 6ft tall and quite tall for the division. He’s unbeaten 19-0 and needs to be really challenged in nine title defenses to date.
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“Sometimes when you’re good at something and it’s okay to win the fight, you should do it again,” Bivol told CBS Sports. “Sometimes it’s not enough and you have to create something new and take something deep and show it in the ring. Some opponents do it with you when you need to show more and I think Canelo is the fight where I have to show all of Dmitry Bivol.
“I can do that in sparring. I have enough strength. I weigh 175 pounds and I think I can do anything in the ring if I want to and if I believe in it.”
Three more fights fill out the undercard at T-Mobile Arena. Zhilei Zhang and Scott Alexander face a heavyweight duel after Filip Hrgovic was forced to pull out of his scheduled fight against Zhang. Montana Love will return at junior welterweight when he faces Gabriel Valenzuela. And welterweights Shakhram Giyasov and Christian Gomez will scrap it.
Zhang, the 39-year-old Chinese native, is unbeaten in his career at 23-0-1 and has 18 knockouts so far. He conceded a TKO from Craig Lewis in the Canelo vs. Plant undercard last November. Love, meanwhile, is also unbeaten at 17-0-1 as a junior welterweight with nine KOs to his name. He claimed four massive wins in 2021, including three TKOs.
Below is all the latest information on the Light Heavyweight Showdown and how to watch the action set for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Plus, the latest fight card news and rumors with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Canelo vs. Bivol fight card, odds
- Saul “Canelo” Alvarez -550 vs. Dmitry Bivol (c) +400, WBA Light Heavyweight Championship
- Zhilei Zhang -1500 vs. Scott Alexander +800, heavyweights
- Montana Love -700 vs. Gabriel Valenzuela +500, junior welterweight
- Shakhram Giyasov -340 vs. Christian Gomez +270, welterweights
- Marc Castro -4000 vs. Pedro Vincente +1500, lightweights
Canelo vs. Bivol info
- Date: May 7th
- Location: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET
- How to see: DAZN PPV (subscribe now) | Price: $59.99
Canelo vs. Bivol countdown
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