LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez, sun shades protecting among the redness and welts that peppered his face, discovered himself in unfamiliar territory.
For the primary time since a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather at age 23, Alvarez sat on the dais afterward and defined how — and why — he misplaced.
Alvarez mentioned the judges miscalculated — that Dmitry Bivol received 4 or 5 rounds, at most, on Saturday at T-Cellular Enviornment. However even his promoter, Eddie Hearn, scored simply three rounds for Alvarez, who misplaced the 175-pound title struggle in dominant trend.
There’s no disgrace within the loss, after all, not even for the perfect pound-for-pound boxer on this planet. All alongside, Alvarez mentioned his finest weight is 168 kilos, the place he stays the undisputed tremendous middleweight champion.
It speaks to Alvarez’s greatness that he was thought-about a 5-1 favourite towards Bivol, a pure 175-pounder within the ninth protection of his gentle heavyweight title. The Russian boxer entered the ring as ESPN’s No. 2 gentle heavyweight, however there was buzz surrounding Bivol that he was much better than he was getting credit score for. He merely by no means had the possibility to show it.
“I really feel like I can come out of this struggle with my head held excessive as a result of I gave the perfect of me in a special weight class,” Alvarez mentioned. “I’m in search of challenges that take me out of my consolation zone.”
That subsequent problem is probably going a rematch with Bivol. Alvarez, 31, mentioned he plans to train the rematch clause however that he’ll check with supervisor/coach Eddy Reynoso and Hearn. The Mexican boxer was set for a Sept. 17 trilogy bout with Gennadiy Golovkin at 168 kilos, however it seems that struggle should wait — if it ever occurs in any respect.
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Hearn mentioned the rematch with Bivol is now the most important struggle in boxing, surpassing the third bout with Golovkin. Possibly so. In the mean time, it’s tough to see what changes Alvarez could make to show the tables, however maybe the lengthy odds will push him to new heights — and even additional outdoors that consolation zone.
No matter Alvarez decides is subsequent, he’s free to land whichever struggle he needs. That’s a hard-earned perk accompanying his standing as the game’s high attraction.
“I’m at all times going out in search of tough fights,” Alvarez mentioned. “I’m at all times up for taking up new challenges.
“Tonight, I used to be in search of greatness.”
A victory would have made Alvarez a two-time champion at 175 kilos. His lone earlier bout at gentle heavyweight was a November 2019 victory over Sergey Kovalev.
In that struggle, Alvarez was forward by one spherical on two scorecards and even on a 3rd heading into the eleventh spherical, when he brutally knocked out Kovalev.
In contrast to Kovalev (now 39), Bivol, 31, is in his prime, and this time, Alvarez bit off greater than he may chew.
For the primary time in his profession, Alvarez will try to actual revenge. And he’ll have a little bit of expertise to attract from. No, Alvarez didn’t lose to Golovkin, however many followers believed he did after their first assembly in September 2017 for the unified middleweight championship was deemed a draw.
One yr later, once they fought within the rematch, Alvarez was declared the winner through majority resolution.
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“I at all times prefer to be taught from issues,” Alvarez mentioned. “At the moment, I really feel like I realized rather a lot, and I’m going to point out you this within the upcoming fights.”
Certainly, the 5-foot-8 Alvarez would possibly show within the rematch that he can beat an elite fighter who is of course greater and owns a wonderful jab able to capitalizing on a four-inch top benefit.
Or possibly Alvarez will be taught that weight courses exist for a motive and that even the perfect fighters meet their restrict sooner or later.