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Dmitry Bivol takes down Canelo Alvarez by unanimous decision

Canelo and Bivol are facing off on May 7th in a light heavyweight title bout. We’ll be updating round by round.

Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (R face off as Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn (C) looks on during a ceremonial weigh-in at Toshiba Plaza on May 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The pound-for-pound king is in action Saturday evening in Las Vegas. Undisputed super middleweight champ Canelo Álvarez steps up a weight class to fight WBA (super) light heavyweight champ Dmitry Bivol on DAZN.

The preliminary card gets started at 4:30 p.m. ET and features six undefeated fighters across four fights. The main card gets started at 8 p.m. and the undercard is highlighted by undefeated junior lightweight Montana Lova (17-0-1) faces Gabriel Valenzuela.

The main event will follow, with ring walks coming in the 11 p.m. hour. Canelo is a -525 favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook. The favored winning method is Canelo winning by decision or technical decision, with -150 odds. He has one previous fight at light heavyweight, beating Sergey Kovalev via 11th round knockout to claim the WBO title in 2019.

We’ll have live round-by-round updates for the Canelo-Bivol fight, but we’ll also have results from the preliminary and main card. Here’s the full undercard:

Prelims (DAZN and Social Media, 4:30 pm ET)

  • Joselito Velazquez won via 6th round KO over Jose Soto
  • Aaron Silva won via fourth-round TKO over Alexis Espino
  • Elnur Abduraimov won via second-round TKO over Manny Correa
  • Fernando Molina (7-0, 3 KO) won a split decision over Ricardo Valdovinos with scores of 58-56, 57-56 for Molina and 57-56 for Valdavinos

Main Card (PPV, 8:00 pm ET)

  • Dmitry Bivol wins via unanimous decision (115-113) over Canelo Alvarez
  • Montana Love wins via unanimous decision (114-112) over Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela
  • Shakhram Giyasov wins via unanimous decision (98-89, 99-88, 99-88) over Christian Gomez
  • Marc Castro wins via unanimous decision (60-54) over Pedro Vicente
  • Zhang Zhilei won via first-round KO over Scott Alexander

Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol round-by-round results

Round 1: Canelo 10-9

Bivol lands the first punch of the fight with a left jab. Alvarez wants to set up his right hook early and lands a few to Bivol’s left arm. Great body shot from Canelo. Bivol stayed steady with the heavy jabs. Both fighters stayed in the middle of the ring. Bivol starts landing a flurry of punches, but Canelo’s just landed more clean throughout the round. Close to start, but edge with Canelo.

Round 2: Canelo 10-9, 20-18

Bivol still heavily leaning on that left jab. Connects with a nice 1,2 off the jab. Canelo keeps barely missing an uppercut. Bivol snuck a jab through the guard of Alvarez. Bivol is trying to walk down Canelo. Bivol probably landed more punches, but Canelo’s are just connecting more squarely and with a lot more power. Pretty even through two, but the edge stays with Canelo.

Round 3: Bivol 10-9, 28-29

Bivol started working the body of Canelo. Alvarez responds with shots of his own and lands a soft uppercut. Bivol starts walking down Alvarez with a flurry of punches and Canelo responds with shots of his own. He is still leaning on that outside hook and trying to sneak in that uppercut. Bivol lands a shot on Canelo’s chin forcing him to lock up. Bivol improved in this round and takes it. Canelo came on late, but Bivol had the upper hand here.

Round 4: Bivol 10-9, 38-38

Canelo looked like he was going to be more aggressive in this round, but Bivol counters him. He starts working Alvarez’s body to try and get the upper hand. Bivol is doing a good job keeping Canelo at bay and not letting him gain too much momentum. He gets defensive at the perfect time and counters well. This one is all tied up through four.

Round 5: Bivol 10-9, 48-47

Canelo comes out more aggressive landing more jabs to set up his big hook. Alvarez backs him up to the ropes, but Bivol responds and then puts Canelo against the ropes. Alvarez taunts saying he wants more, but Bivol continues playing his game. Bivol is giving this one everything he can and has the upper hand for the first time in this fight.

Round 6: Canelo 10-9, 57-57

Bivol is not letting Canelo get momentum. Any time Alvarez lets off the gas, Bivol pounces and splits the guard with jabs. Bivol’s guard is super tight and Canelo is having a hard time breaking it. Canelo stays against the ropes looking for an opening to counter. Bivol still peppering those left jabs. Bivol didn’t have any big shots this round and Canelo connected on more outer hooks. Through six it is likely 3-3 on most scorecards, or at least very close.

Round 7: Bivol 10-9, 67-66

Bivol continues to keep his distance and is still able to strike and counter Canelo pretty well. Alvarez continues to lay on the hooks and is just going to go at the outside of the arms of Bivol. Canelo tries to take advantage of Bivol on the ropes, but Bivol fights him off. Alvarez is going to have to pull something out quick that Bivol isn’t ready for because currently, he is countering everything Canelo throws at him.

Round 8: Bivol 10-9, 77-75

Bivol continues working off his strong left jab and it is effective. Bivol controls the ring and has Alvarez backed against the ropes. There is a lot of cat and mouse this round with positioning and each fighter looking for an opening. Bivol is winning the mind games even though he got warned twice for pushing down on Alvarez. It is clearly frustrating Canelo.

Round 9: Canelo 10-9, 85-86

Canelo is trying to turn it on starting the ninth. Alvarez is bobbing and weaving away from Bivol’s punches but needs to land more counters. He is avoiding the big hit but isn’t able to turn it into much offense. Alvarez lands more hooks and it looks like Bivol is going more defensive this round.

Round 10: Bivol 10-9, 96-94

Neither of these fighters has been knocked down in their careers and Canelo desperately needs to knock Bivol. If Alvarez has a second wind in him, he needs to find it. Canelo connects to the body, but Bivol connects with a chin shot backing up Alvarez. Canelo is dancing against the ropes and Bivol continues to jab. Alvarez just not doing enough at the moment.

Round 11: Bivol 10-9, 106-103

Bivol and Canelo couldn’t look more different with their body language. If you look at Bivol you would think that it was the second round. Alvarez looks like he is fatigued. Canelo keeps dropping his hands and Bivol is able to land some jabs on his chin. Alvarez is being too cute for being down in this fight. He continues to play with Bivol and even picked him up during a lockup. Bivol is fired up after getting carried and lands a flurry of punches.

Round 12: Bivol 10-9, 116-112

Alvarez tried coming out and landing punches, but Bivol’s defense has been perfect this fight. Bivol even adds some offense of his own to secure this one if it goes to the cards. Canelo’s demeanor is strange even in the final round. I don’t know if he wrote this one off a while ago or what but he doesn't have that tenacity we are used to seeing. This one should go Bivol’s way on the scorecards.