Dimitry Bivol, shocked the world last weekend when he cruised to a decision victory, against Canelo Alvarez in their bout for the WBA Light- Heavyweight Championship. Though many expected Bivol to be a huge challenge for Canelo who was moving up in weight, no one might have the absolute ease with which Bivol dealt against a gifted boxer like Canelo. Pressuring Canelo, putting him on the ropes and landing multiple combinations on the elusive boxer, with many critics saying the scorecards do not accurately depict the fight.
Ever since he suffered his first loss in 9 years, Canelo has been hounded by trolls who were desperately looking to downplay his achievements. This came in the form of unnamed trolls declaring Canelo was never any good and established trolls like Jake Paul who said he could defeat the Boxer with three years of preparation as he was “2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier” than Bivol.
Though many other boxers including women’s champion Claressa Shields gave credit to Canelo for taking risks and moving up weight classes to set his legacy in stone, the biggest and first account to defend Canelo’s honor came from Dimitri Bivol himself today, as he talked to the Dazn Boxing show.
Dimitry Bivol believes Canelo Alvarez is still a Legend in the sport
The 31-Year-Old undefeated Boxer, came to Canelo’s defense saying, “He still has four belts and he is a champion in four weight classes. He’s a great fighter, he’s a legend still.” saying Canelo’s accolades were still too many to count and that one defeat doesn’t take all of it away from him. Regarding all the hate flowing towards the Mexican’s name, Bivol said, “Canelo’s haters are hating now, but he’s still one of the best. I respect him.”
In an interview after the fight Bivol expressed his wish to fight Canelo for his titles in the rematch at 168 instead of 175. Canelo meanwhile put out a statement after the loss, saying, “Boxing is like that, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but always with your head held high. I stay with the great fight that we offered to the people.” promising to return and win the rematch against Bivol