Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol – Odds & Betting Tips
Billed as “Legacy is Earned”, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol heads to the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, on May 7 as the WBA (Super) light-heavyweight is put on the line.
Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol on Saturday May 7
It’s a return to the 175-lbs division for Alvarez who is yo-yoing up and down the weight classes in search of the biggest and best fights, and the unbeaten Russian Dmitry Bivol is next on his list.
Bivol is the WBA (Super) light-heavyweight champion and owns a perfect record at 19-0 as a professional.
He has owned his world championship belt since 2017, making eight successful defences against an array of top-class opposition.
Alvarez is rightly considered the best fighter on the planet and is looking to add to his collection of gold across four weight classes.
Saul Canelo Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol Odds by Bookmakers
Bet365 have Saul Alvarez as a 2/9 favourite, with Dmitry Bivol out as a 3/1 underdog, whereas the draw is priced at 18/1.
PaddyPower are thinking that this fight will last all 12 rounds, with 1/2 the price for the Fight to go the Distance, and 13/8 for there to be a stoppage from either man.
Group Betting can often prove fruitful in boxing and 9/2 with 888Sport says that Alvarez will win this fight between Rounds 7-12.
If you fancy an early upset from Bivol, then 66/1 with bet365 says that the Russian can win inside the first two rounds.
Alvarez has won two of his last five fights in the 11th round and 25/1 with Paddy Power says that feat can be repeated again.
Who is Favourite to Win?
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a strong favourite to win this fight when we compare odds, with most bookmakers pricing Alvarez up at around 1/4 (Wiliam Hill) to win the contest .
Alvarez’s boxing record reads 57-1-2, with his only defeat coming at the hands of the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in 2013.
The Mexican has dominated the sport since that loss, with two fights against Gennady Golovkin the only real challenges he has faced in this time.
Dmitry Bivol is a world-class fighter and a dangerous puncher in the light-heavyweight division and at 4/1 (LeoVegas) as well with a number of bookmakers, is a sizeable underdog in Las Vegas.
Saul Canelo Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol Fight History and Current Form
The fight on May 7 will be Alvarez’s second contest at the light-heavyweight limit.
His previous outing at light-heavyweight came in 2019 as he stopped an ageing Sergey Kovalev in the eleventh round of their world title fight, and Dmitry Bivol will be hoping it isn’t a Russian repeat as he defends his title against the 31-year-old.
Bivol is a natural light-heavyweight, campaigning at the weight since turning over from the amateur ranks in 2014.
He has some excellent names on his resume – notably Jean Pascal, Joe Smith Jr. and Sullivan Barrera – but Alvarez is a different proposition altogether.
Canelo’s left hook and uppercuts have improved ten-fold over the past few years under the watchful eye of his trainer Eddy Reynoso.
Reynoso has crafted power in both of Alvarez’s hands and his footwork is so often two steps ahead of his opposition.
His chin has also stood up to the test of some big, big punchers, namely Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev, with the Mexican never looking close to being hurt when a punch is able to land.
Alvarez has passed each test he has been handed with flying colours over the past few years, beating champions Caleb Plant, Billy Joe Saunders, Avni Yildirim and Callum Smith with ease since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bivol might not be the most exciting fighter in the current light-heavyweight crop, but the 31-year-old is well-rounded and technically superb. He has 11 knockouts on his record, but has failed to stop any of his last six opponents, winning all by unanimous decision.
Bivol’s best chance of beating Alvarez will be via the sweet science: boxing and moving and negating the front-foot pressure of the Mexican.
But it’s Alvarez who is expected to set the pace in this world championship contest.
The boxing world plays to the tune of the Mexican, and Team Bivol will already consider themselves winners by being able to land this mega-money fight.
Saul Canelo Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol Gala Night List
DAZN have confirmed a healthy undercard for the Alvarez v Bivol card.
Filip Hrgovic v Zhilei Zhang in the heavyweight division is one of the best fights to look forward to, as Hrgovic puts his unbeaten record on the line in his 15th fight as a pro.
Montana Love and Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela also fight on the undercard for the IBF North American super-lightweight title and Shakhram Giyasov and Christian Gomez contest the vacant IBF North American welterweight strap.
Prospects Marc Castro and Alexis Espino are also in action in eight-round fights plus a flyweight bout between Joselito Velazquez and Jose Soto.
Saul Canelo Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol Venue, Tickets and Live Stream Information
The T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA will host this fight, with ticket prices starting at $105 for the big fight.
The capacity inside the multi-purpose arena is 20,000, with a sell-out expected on May 7.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol will be available on DAZN PPV in the United States for $59.99 to current DAZN subscribers. Added to their subscription fee for the month, existing subscribers will pay a total of $79.98 for the pound-for-pound king’s big test at light-heavyweight against the undefeated WBA champion on May 7, plus all of May’s subscription content on DAZN.