LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez stood on the size Friday exterior T-Cellular Area adorned by a wave of red-white-and-green flags as mariachis blared in full drive.
For the primary time in three years, Alvarez is ready to compete in Las Vegas on Cinco De Mayo Weekend — the date and website sometimes reserved for boxing’s high star.
When Canelo defeated Daniel Jacobs right here in Might 2019, he retained his 160-pound championship by way of unanimous resolution. Three years later, he weighed 174.4 kilos, the second-heaviest of his profession, forward of Saturday’s gentle heavyweight title problem vs. Russia’s Dmitry Bivol (8 p.m. ET, DAZN PPV).
Bivol, the champion and ESPN’s No. 2 gentle heavyweight, weighed 174.6 kilos.
“My finest weight is 168 … however I really feel actually good at 175, too,” stated Alvarez, ESPN’s No. 1 tremendous middleweight. “I really feel robust.”
The ceremonial weigh-in on Friday afternoon was preceded by the morning’s official weigh-in behind closed doorways.
Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) will try and develop into a two-time gentle heavyweight champion following a November 2019 KO victory over Sergey Kovalev at 175 kilos. After that bout, Alvarez vacated his gentle heavyweight title to marketing campaign at 168 kilos.
This time round, the 31-year-old Alvarez might preserve the belt for some time. But when he beats Bivol, 31, his subsequent battle is already set at 168 kilos: a protection of his undisputed tremendous middleweight championship vs. Gennaidy Golovkin.
Golovkin and Alvarez have met twice already at 160 kilos — a 2017 draw and a 2018 majority-decision win for Alvarez.
Canelo, ESPN’s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer, has expressed curiosity in a battle for the undisputed gentle heavyweight championship in 2023. A matchup with the winner of the June 18 three-belt unification between Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith would accomplish the feat.
Alvarez should first flip again Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs), nevertheless, and he is a 5-1 favourite to take action, in accordance with Caesars Sportsbook.
“I feel I’ve sufficient expertise and I’ve sufficient energy, velocity, boxing high quality, to battle towards one of the best,” Bivol stated. “… I do not suppose that I used to be prevented. Perhaps not simply fascinating battle to make as a result of I am not identified but. I do know it is enterprise. High-quality. OK. No drawback. However now I obtained the battle.”