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 gained 4 or 5 rounds at most on Saturday at T-Cell Enviornment. However even his promoter, Eddie Hearn, scored simply three rounds for Alvarez, who misplaced the 175-pound title struggle in dominant trend.
There is not any disgrace within the loss, in fact, not even for the most effective 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 of a 5-1 favourite in opposition to Bivol, a pure 175-pounder within the ninth protection of his mild heavyweight title. The Russian entered the ring as ESPN’s No. 2 mild 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 prospect 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 most effective of me in a special weight class,” Alvarez mentioned. “I am 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 will talk to supervisor coach Eddy Reynoso and Hearn. Canelo was set for a Sept. 17 trilogy bout with Gennadiy Golovkin at 168 kilos, however it seems that struggle must wait — if it ever occurs in any respect.
Hearn mentioned the rematch with Bivol is now the most important struggle in boxing, surpassing the third bout with Golovkin. Perhaps so. In the intervening time, it is troublesome 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 exterior that consolation zone.
No matter Alvarez decides is subsequent, he is free to land no matter struggle he desires. That is a hard-earned perk accompanying his standing as the game’s high attraction.
“I am at all times going out in search of troublesome fights,” Alvarez mentioned. “I am at all times up for taking over 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 mild heavyweight: 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.
Not like Kovalev, Bivol 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 and actual revenge. And he’ll have a little bit of expertise to attract from. No, Alvarez did not 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 12 months later, after they fought within the rematch, Alvarez was declared the winner by way of majority determination.
“I at all times prefer to be taught from issues,” Alvarez mentioned. “At the moment I really feel like I discovered loads and I’ll present you this within the upcoming fights.”
Certainly, Alvarez may show within the rematch that he can beat an elite fighter who is of course greater and owns a superb jab able to capitalizing on the four-inch top benefit.
Or perhaps, he’ll be taught that weight courses exist for a cause, and that even the most effective fighters meet their restrict sooner or later.