TORONTO (Barrio) – Dmitry Bivol, in one of the biggest boxing upsets in recent memory, scored a unanimous decision over the sport’s top star, Canelo Alvarez, on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
All three judges score the fight 115-113, but the bout wasn’t nearly that close.
Bivol was in control from the opening bell as he used his superior size, range and jab to retain his light heavyweight title.
“I prove myself today, I’m the best (in my division),” said Bivol, who resides in Russia. “Eddie Hearn, sorry I broke your plans with Gennadiy Golovkin.”
Bivol was referring to the planned trilogy fight between Canelo and Golovkin slated for Sept. 17. Instead, Alvarez said he plans to exercise his contractual right to an immediate rematch.
“It doesn’t end like this,” said Alvarez, who entered the ring rated No. 1 pound-for-pound by ESPN.