by WG RAMIREZ
LAS VEGAS – WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dimitri Bivole retained his title by defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by unanimous decision on Saturday night.
The unbeaten Bivol (20-0, 11 KO), who has held one version of his belt since May 2016, handed Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KO) the second loss of his career.
Alvarez went back to the heaviest weight of his career to fight for the title at 175 pounds.
Alvarez fought at light heavyweight only once in his career, defeating Sergei Kovalev at the end of 2019.
After starting the fight with a trio of very close rounds, it was clear that Bivol would be able to use his advantage with reach and height, to pepper Alvarez and take him away while charging with his power punch. Will keep
Alvarez, several times, tried to use his intimidation tactics to taunt Bivol.
With a rematch clause in the contract, Alvarez later stated in the ring that he wanted a rematch with the Kyrgyz-born Russian champion.
Bivole replied: “Never mind.”
In the co-main event at 140 pounds, Montana Love (18-0-1, 10 KO) defeated Gabriel Valenzuela (25-3-1, 15 KO) by unanimous decision with the same score as all three judges (114-112). defeated. , With the win, Love reinvented herself as a competitor in the junior welterweight division.
Also from the main undercard, Shakhram Giasov (13-0, 9 KO) defeated Christian Gomez (22-3-1, 20 KO) by unanimous decision (98-89, 99-88, 99-88) in a 10-round defeated. Welterweight match.
Marc Castro (7-0, 5 KO) won by unanimous decision (60-54) over Pedro Vicente (7-5-1, 2 KO).
Xilei Zhang (24-0-1, 19 KO) defeated Scott Alexander in the first round of a heavyweight clash with just 1:54. Alexander was a replacement after Philip Hergovic was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Zhang.
Earlier on Saturday, Joselito Velazquez (15-0-1, 10 KO) won with a 6th-round TKO over Jose Soto (15-2, 6 KO).
Aaron Silva (10-0, 7 KO) won via fourth-round TKO over Alexis Espino (9-1-1, 6 KO).
Elnur Abduraimov (9–0, 8 KO) won via second-round TKO over Manny Correa (11–1, 7 KO).
Fernando Molina (8–0, 3 KO) won a split decision with a score of 58–56 over Ricardo Valdovinos (8–2, 5 KO), 57–56 for Molina and 57–56 for Valdavinos.