By Ken Hissner: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Upset by Dmitrii Bivol in Las Vegas!
At the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday over PPV in the Main Event WBA, WBO, WBC and WBO World Super Middleweight champion was upset by WBA Super World Light Heavyweight champion Dmitrii Bivol.In the Main Event WBA, WBO, WBC and WBO World Super Middle champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 57-2-2 (39), #174.4, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, was upset by WBA Super World Light Heavy champ Dmitrii Bivol, 20-0 (11), #174.6, of Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, and Indio, CA, over 12 rounds.
In the first three rounds Bivol used his jab while Canelo went to the body. Bivol had the edge out landing Canelo. In the fourth’s final seconds Canelo landed a right uppercut on the chin of Bivol.
From the fourth through the sixth rounds Bivol had the edge in a close fight evening the score after six rounds.In the seventh round Referee Russell Mora continues to warn Bivol for pushing Canelo down but not taking any points away.Bivol continues to outwork Canelo from the eighth through the tenth with Canelo looking exhausted.
In the eleventh round Bivol in the final minute drove Canelo back taking the round. In the twelfth and final round Bivol continued out landing a tired Canelo.
Super Lightweight Montana “Too Pretty” Love, 18-0-1 (9), #140, of Cleveland, OH, defeated Gabriel “Nini” Gollaz Valenzuela, 25-3-1 (15), #138.6, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, for the IBF North American title, over 12 rounds.
In the first round a right hook from Love on the side of the head of Gollaz and down he went for 8-count from referee Tony Weeks. In the second round Gollaz countered a miss with a left hook on the head dropping Love for 8-count from referee Weeks. In the fourth round a mouse started under the right eye of Gollaz.
From the fifth through the eighth each fighter won two rounds. From the ninth through the twelfth and final round Love jabbed and Gollaz chased with all rounds close with little action for the fans.
Scores were 114-112 on all cards.
Heavyweight southpaw Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang, 24-0-1 (19), #276.2, of Zhoukou, China and Bloomfield, NJ, knocked out Scott Alexander, 16-4-2 (8), #222 ½, of L.A., CA, at 1:54 of the first round of a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first round a straight left from Zhang on the chin knocked out Alexander.
Welterweight Shakhram “Wonder Boy” Giyasov, 13-0 (9), #146.6, of Uzbekistan, defeated Christian “Ninote” Gomez, 22-3-1 (20), #146, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, over 10 rounds, for vacant IBF North American title.
Flyweight Joselito “El Hurican” Velazquez, 15-0-1 (10), #112.4, of Oaxaca, MEX stopped Jose Soto, 15-2 (6), #113.8, of Canalete, COL, at 1:06 of the sixth round of a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the final seconds of the second round Velazquez rocked Soto with a right to the jaw. Again in the final seconds of the fourth round Velazquez rocked Soto with a left hook to the chin. Soto was having a good round up to that point.
In the fifth round Soto did good body work with uppercuts and even rocked Velazquez with half a minute left in the round. In the sixth round a counter left hook from Velazquez on the chin dropped Soto. He beat the count of referee Michael Ortega but was waved off though it looked possibly premature Soto’s corner didn’t complain.
Super Middleweight Alexis Espino, 9-1-1 (6), #163.6, of Las Vegas, NV, was stopped by Aaron “Superman” Silva, 10-0 (7), #164.4, of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MEX, at 1:17 of the fourth round of a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the first three rounds Silva held a slight lead in a competitive fight. In the fourth round Silva had Espino in trouble landing a dozen unanswered punches when referee Celestino Ruiz wisely called a halt.
Lightweight Marc Castro, 7-0 (5), #134.8, of Fresno, CA, defeatedPedro Vicente “El Apostol” Scharbaai, 7-4-1 (2), #134.8, of Mayaguez, PR, over 6 rounds.
In the first round through six rounds Castro dominated Scharbaai. Scores were 60-54.
Super Feather southpaw Elnur Abduraimov, 9-0 (8), #129.6, of Gazalkent, UZB and Brooklyn, NY, stopped Manuel “Sweet Dreams” Correra, 11-1 (7), #128.6, of Cuba and Miami, FL, at 2:43 of the second round of a scheduled 8 rounds.
In the second round Abudraimov dropped Correra multiple times with the final one into the ropes when referee Robert Hoyle called a halt.
Super Lightweight Fernando “Ferros” Angel Molina, 8-0 (3), #139 ½, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX, won a split decision over Ricardo “The Blessed” Valdovinos, 8-2 (5), #139 ¼, of San Diego, CA, over six rounds.
In the first three rounds Molina boxed well but Valdovinos gave him all he could handle. It was a hard fought battle as Valdovinos rallied in the final round dropping Molina who took an 8-count from referee Mike Ortega but got through the round.