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Canelo says he’ll take Bivol’s jab away: “I know how”

Canelo Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol boxing photo

By Dan Ambrose: Canelo Alvarez says he’s going to take WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol’s jab away from him this Saturday night. He says, “I know how.” If Canelo does take away Bivol’s jab, it’ll be his first fight in which he did accomplish that task.

Bivol (19-0, 13 KOs) doesn’t actually throw a lot of jabs, so Canelo might not get the chance to disarm Bivol by blocking his jabs or making him miss.

It’s good that Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) isn’t heavily muscled like he was for his two fights against Gennadiy Golovkin and his match against Sergey Kovalev.

Canelo-Bivol is headlining this Saturday on DAZN PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The cost for subscribers is $59.99 and $79.99 for non-subscribers.

“I don’t really think about it. I just do my job. He’s the guy that’s thinking,” said Canelo Alvarez when asked if he needs to convince Dmitry Bivol to lose.

“Alvarez,” Canelo said when asked if he’s going to shoot for the knockout this Saturday. “Not really. This is going to be a little different because I’m moving up in weight. Dmitry Bivol is a really good boxer, so we’ll see,” said Canelo when asked if he has a round in his head in which he’s going to try and knockout Bivol.

Canelo doesn’t have enough power to knockout Bivol, and if he tries, he could come up empty.

It would be smarter for Canelo to focus on boxing Bivol rather than trying to knock him out, but that’s up for him to determine.

“It’s going to be different, yeah,” said Canelo when asked if he’ll be the one that will need to come forward after Bivol tastes his power. “Yeah, [Bivol is similar to Sergey Kovalev and Gennadiy Golovkin] jab, tricky.

“Yeah, I have a lot of experience, and I fight a lot of styles, and that made me a really good fighter, right? Yeah, I know how, I know how,” said Canelo when asked if he’ll take Bivol’s jab away from him,” said Canelo.

“I think it’ll unravel quickly. It might be cagey for two or three rounds, but I think Canelo will get up close and put the hurt on him,” said Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about what he expects Canelo Alvarez to do this Saturday against Dmitry Bivol.

“A few hundred tickets left, the expensive ones,” said Hearn when asked if the T-Mobile is sold out. “They’ll all go this week.”

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