Canelo vs Bivol: UK ring walk time, TV details, undercard, odds

Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring after becoming undisputed super-middleweight champion last year, as he moves up once more to take on Dmitry Bivol at light-heavyweight: Everything to know ahead of the fight

  • Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday night as he takes on Dmitry Bivol 
  • He beat Caleb Plant last year to become undisputed super-middleweight champ 
  • Canelo returns to light-heavyweight, where he beat Sergey Kovalev in 2019
  • A supremely confident Bivol (19-0) puts his WBA (super) belt on the line
  • Sign up here to watch the fight exclusively on DAZN 

Boxing’s pound-for-pound No 1 Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday night as he jumps up in weight once more to take on WBA (super) light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in Las Vegas. 

The increasingly decorated Mexican fights for the first time since stopping American Caleb Plant to become the undisputed super-middleweight champion in December last year.  

The four-weight world champion returns to light-heavyweight, where he dethroned Sergey Kovalev in 2020, after successfully undergoing a super-middleweight mission, in which he collected all four bouts in under a year. 

Standing in his way of another title – and most likely a third fight against Gennady Golovkin – is the 31-year-old Russian, who with 19 straight wins is yet to taste defeat during his professional career. 

The rangy technician perhaps poses the biggest threat to Canelo since the Mexican’s majority decision victory over Golovkin in 2018, however, possessing a significant height and reach advantage, while now at the peak of his powers.

As the historic spectacle edges ever closer, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.

Canelo Alvarez (left) and Dmitry Bivol (right) go head-to-head on Saturday night in Vegas

Canelo is the undisputed super-middleweight champion, but it’s Bivol’s light-heavyweight belt that is on the line

The clash between Canelo and Bivol is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.   

The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 5am on Sunday morning, for those in the UK. 

The start time will of course depend on results beforehand, with an abundance of action also taking place on the undercard. 

Most notably is the heavyweight clash between Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang in 12-round IBF elimination match-up to become the mandatory challenger to Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight belt. 

How to watch the fight 

The fight, which will be a 12-round contest, will be broadcast live on DAZN. 

It will be available to stream in over 200 countries across the globe, with Australia and New Zealand the notable exceptions.  

Customers will be able to stream the fight via the app on their television, console, mobile, tablet or computer device.   

Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us. 

Canelo vs Bivol: The key stats 

Canelo Alvarez 

Age: 31

Height: 5ft 8in

Reach: 70.5′

Stance: Orthodox

Record: 57-1-2

Knockouts: 39

Rounds: 436

Debut: 2005

Dmitry Bivol 

Age: 31

Height: 6ft 

Reach: 72′

Stance: Orthodox

Record: 19-0-0

Knockouts: 11

Rounds: 148

Debut: 2014

Canelo stopped Caleb Plant last time out to become undisputed super-middleweight champ

Fight card in full 

  • Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol – for WBA (Super) light heavyweight title
  • Filip Hrgovic vs Zhilei Zhang
  • Montana Love vs Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela
  • Shakhram Giyasov vs Christian Gomez
  • Joselito Velazquez vs Jose Soto
  • Alexis Espino vs Aaron Silva
  • Marc Castro vs Pedro Vicente Scharbaai
  • Elnur Abduraimov vs Manuel Correa
  • Fernando Angel Molina vs Ricardo Valdovinos

What’s been said? 

Speaking at their announcement presser, Canelo revealed why he was jumping up in weight once more. 

‘I like challenges, it makes me feel alive – challenges for me in everything in my life,’ he said. ‘I like a good challenge and now I have a very good fighter in front of me and I’m excited for this fight.

‘Bivol is a really tough fighter and it’s going to be a really good fight for Cinco de Mayo weekend with my people in Las Vegas – Mexican weekend. 

‘I’m really excited and I’m going to prepare really well because this fight is going to be really hard.’

Canelo insisted he’s stepping up in weight again as the challenge ‘makes me feel alive’

The Mexican superstar may believe it’s a challenging fight, but there are certainly no lingering doubts. 

‘It’s Boxing, but I feel nobody can beat me right now,’ he more recently said on the Boxing with Chris Mannix podcast. I feel, I’m in my prime, and no disrespect to other fighters. 

‘Great fighters right there, but I feel in my prime. I feel strong, I feel in my best.’

Bivol, meanwhile, insisted he has the skillset to defy the odds and hand Canelo a second career defeat. 

Bivol believes he has the skillset to hand the pound-for-pound star a second career defeat

‘I believe in my skills and when I come to the ring I believe in my victory,’ he said. ‘I’m looking forward to May 7, thank you.

‘Me and my team wanted this fight and I’m glad this fight will be in the United States and one of the Mecca of boxing. This is also very exciting, and it means a lot to me.

‘This is very important for me especially because I’m fighting one of the best if not the best in the world right now, I want people to be able to see me and my skills, this is a big fight that can give me the ability to achieve my other goals and go on if I win this fight.’

Canelo vs Bivol: The odds

Despite Bivol coming in as the champion, it’s Canelo – of course – who is the overwhelming favourite among the bookies ahead of the bout. 

Canelo is the 2/9 favourite to get the victory, 8/11 via a decision and 13/5 by stoppage. 

Bivol may be the underdog but the unbeaten Russian can’t be ruled out of the equation. 

The champion is 3/1 to emerge victorious, 5/1 via a decision and 15/2 by stoppage. A draw is at 16/1. 

*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.

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