Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Canelo Alvarez is expected to add yet another belt to his bulging trophy cabinet by beating WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in Las Vegas.
The undisputed super-middleweight kingpin steps up a division again, yet should not be troubled by an opponent who is unbeaten but untested at elite level.
With bigger bouts on the horizon, though, the favourite may be content to ease to a points win, available at Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol odds.
Canelo Alvarez Odds
Modern-day Mexican great Alvarez unified the 168lbs division by adding Caleb Plant’s IBF crown to his WBA, WBC and WBO titles.
Canelo gradually wore down the American with his relentless pressure, floored him in the 10th round and then finished him off in the 11th.
The Mexican improved his record to 57-1-2 with a third straight stoppage, having previously brushed aside Avni Yildirim and Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders.
This bout, promoted under the banner ‘Legacy is Earned’, will see Alvarez return to ambitious streaming giant DAZN, who will stage their first pay-per-view show in the USA and Canada.
However, the bigger draw in a two-fight deal will be a third clash with Gennady Golovkin, reportedly scheduled for September.
Canelo was fortunate to escape from his first encounter with Triple G with a September 2017 draw before winning their rematch on points 12 months later.
This is more difficult than just a stepping stone to that eagerly-anticipated trilogy showdown, so Alvarez may be keen to avoid taking any unnecessary risks for obvious reasons.
He has already picked up a world title triumph at 175lbs, though, when beating Sergey Kovalev in September 2019.
Punters can get slightly better value by taking 2.25 for the favourite to earn a unanimous decision and that would be our top Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol prediction.
Dmitry Bivol Odds
Bivol, born in Soviet Kyrgyzstan, had an excellent amateur record of 268-15 and has transferred those skills to the paid ranks.
He became interim WBA light-heavyweight champion in only his seventh pro bout and has gone on to complete eight successful defences since being upgraded to full title holder in 2017.
Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jr were solid scalps to take and the 31-year-old is determined to seize this opportunity to elevate his status.
“I am very excited and look forward to this fight,” Bivol told The Ring. “This is a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills to boxing fans all over the world.
“I think Canelo is a great fighter. He is definitely one of the best now and has left a big mark on the history of boxing.
“But I believe in my skills. I have beaten everybody that I have fought in my career, I believe that I can beat Canelo as well.
“Every boxer has their strengths and their weaknesses. Nobody is perfect. My goal is to focus on my strengths and use them to my advantage.”
Six straight wins via the judges’ scorecards would suggest Bivol lacks the power to upset Alvarez.
He is well respected as a consummate professional in the gym and has the technical ability to be competitive, plus advantages in height and reach.
However, having never faced anyone of Canelo’s class, Bivol may be content to go into survival mode for much of this contest.
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