Superstar Guadalajara boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez steps back into the ring this weekend in Las Vegas as he bids to capture his fifth world title.
Alvarez, 31, knocked out Caleb Plant of the United States last November to become the first Mexican fighter to unify all four super middleweight champion titles.
Now the red-headed boxer from the Guadalajara suburb of Juanacatlán has moved up a weight to challenge the undefeated WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, a Kyrgyzstan-born Russian.
Boxing insiders suggest Bivol could pose the greatest threat to Alvarez’s dominance over the last three years.
However, Canelo, the world number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter, is feared for the brutal power of his punches, and exuded confidence in the lead up to the fight, despite his opponent’s superior height (6 feet, compared to 5 ft 7 inches, compared to 6 ft 0 inches), reach and weight advantage.
This will be Canelo’s 58th fight of his professional career, while Bivil, also 31, has a record of 19 wins and 0 losses.
In addition to PPV, the Canelo-Bovil fight can be seen Saturday, May 5, starting some time after 10 p.m., on free-to-air channels in Mexico (TV Azteca).