Dmitry Bivol Potentially Spoiled Canelo vs Golovkin Trilogy
Heading into his fight with multi-weight world champion and current 168-pound undisputed champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39KOs), WBA Super 175-pound champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs) was a clear underdog. One thing is certain: those who closely follow boxing, and particularly Bivol, knew how talented and capable he was of giving the Mexican superstar a second career defeat.
As the underdog, Bivol was viewed as the entrée opponent for Alvarez before his main course fight against unified 160-pound champion Gennady Golovkin (42-1-1, 37KOs) scheduled for September. The plans for that third fight officially went down the drain after Bivol pulled off a huge upset win, masterfully outboxing, outworking, and throughly dominating Alvarez for twelve rounds.
In the immediate aftermath, Bivol jokingly apologized to Eddie Hearn for ruining Canelo versus Golovkin 3.
“Eddie Hearn, sorry I broke your plans with Gennady Golovkin.”
The comment drew laughter from the stunned crowd. After all, most know how talented Bivol is. However, many didn’t see this type of offensive performance coming from him.
Regardless, Bivol remains champion and unbeaten. He is in a good position to make more money in a likely rematch. After that performance, it’s safe to say Bivol has officially arrived on the big fight stage. For Hearn and Alvarez, they have to be absolutely gutted after this performance in which Alvarez was thoroughly defeated.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher