Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol
The most popular boxer in the sport will once again step into the ring on Cinco de Mayo weekend. Canelo Alvarez will look to claim the light heavyweight title for the second time when he faces current WBA title holder Dmitry Bivol. Unsurprisingly, Alvarez (57-1-2 with 39 knockouts) is a substantial favorite by the boxing betting odds, but Bivol (19-0 with 11 knockouts) is no slouch and has held the title for 4 ½ years.
Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol will face off for the WBA light heavyweight title on Saturday, May 7, 2022. This fight will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it will be one of the hottest tickets in boxing this year. The main card will get underway at 8 p.m. ET, and it will be available only through DAZN PPV in the United States.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol Fight Betting Odds
Canelo Alvarez -500
Dmitry Bivol +400
Total Rounds: 10.5 (Over -300, Under +240)
The most talented pound-for-pound boxer in the sport today is Canelo Alvarez. He is currently ranked at the top of the list for multiple outlets, as he has won titles in four different weight classes. The only boxers that have actually challenged him are fellow greats Gennady Golovkin and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canelo Alvarez has fought 60 times as a professional, but he is still just 31 years old. Alvarez won his first major title in March 2011, beating Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision for the light middleweight belt, and he has put on the weight needed to climb the ladder and take on other foes. That has made him beloved among boxing fans even though he was the beneficiary of some very favorable judging in both of the GGG fights.
Alvarez has largely dominated his last seven opponents since the second fight with Golovkin. He is one of the best counter punchers we have ever seen in the sport, and that has made it hard for opponents to land clean shots on him. We have seen a lot of action on Alvarez over the last week, as many bettors are counting on him to sweeten parlays.
Dmitry Bivol has looked sharp at light heavyweight ever since his debut in November 2014. It only took six fights for Bivol to receive a title shot, and he bested Felix Valera to win the interim WBA light heavyweight title. The interim tag was taken off the belt after two more title defenses, and he has held the belt since 2017.
Bivol hasn’t shown a lot of power over the last four years. His last six victories have all come by unanimous decision, but he has largely dominated those bouts. Almost all of his opponents managed to win no more than a round or two on all of the judges’ cards. He has the toughness and durability to sustain some hard hits from Alvarez, and that makes him worthy of consideration at +400. Bivol has a four-inch height edge and a two-inch reach advantage on Alvarez, and he can use that on Saturday night.