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Saúl Álvarez Barragán suffered On one of the most important nights of his boxing career, after nine years he was defeated again. The devastating step that he demonstrated in the unification of the 168 pounds did not feature in the hunt for his second 175-pound title endorsed by the World Boxing Association (WBA). In a great function where the two fighters offered a show, Dmitry Bivol He showed off his skills and, although at times he seemed to give up the baton to the Mexican, he convinced the three judges who sanctioned the fight.
Sportsmanship was present since the confirmation of the brawl. The boxers were stoic from start to finish and they recognized his power at all times. With the same tendency, they entered the ring amid the expectation of more than 20 thousand attendees at the T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas, Nevada, who expected a different result than the one stated.
Despite being the defending champion, the popularity and financial interest surrounding the fight Bivol was lined up first in line to appear in the ring. With her head covered with a black hood and a discreet step, she paraded along with the members of her corner towards the ring. The boos did not wait, but the native of Kyrgyzstan did not lose concentration Even with the odds against him.
The impatient attendees were already acclaiming the presence of the best pound for pound of the world. Dressed in a Mexican pink cape, and to the rhythm of the song “The Final Countdown” sung by a mariachi, Saúl Álvarez was present in the stands. The spectacular nature of his show overshadowed the sobriety of the Russian who was anxiously awaiting the first bell. Once in the ring, they fine-tuned the last details. This is how the fight went.
Dmitry Bivol won via unanimous decision; all three judges favored him 113-115.
Round 12: Canelo Álvarez came out ready to finish the knockout, but he ran into a wall. Bivol allowed to go to the ropes before the siege of the Mexican, but he was not disadvantaged. The Russian enjoyed superiority in the last chapter, but the Mexican did not lead to a possible knockout. The last word will have the judges. Cinnamon 9 – 10 Bivol
Round 11: The exhaustion of both barely allowed Canelo to be head to head against his opponent. Most of the episode was spent in that position and in the center of the ring. The Mexican took the opportunity to drop some hooks that forced the Russian to close his guard even more. The advantage this time slightly favored the challenger and it seems that the winner could be defined on the cards. Cinnamon 10 – 9 Bivol
Round 10: With the desire not to lose the advantage that he consolidated from the beginning, Dmitry Bivol appealed to his footwork to go around the ring and corner him again. Although on a couple of occasions he took him to the ropes again, Bivol did not dare to finish off Álvarez for fear of receiving a counterattack. The Mexican managed to recover some advantage, although the Russian continues to show off more. Cinnamon 9- 10 Bivol
Round 9: again, Cinnamon he began the episode with the initiative, although fatigue took over him for moments. He has rarely been seen in that state three rounds from the end. For a moment he was able to launch an effective combination that took the Russian to the ropes, a situation that made him regain control for a few moments. The Russian looks in better physical condition than the Mexican. Cinnamon 10 – 9 Bivol
Round 8: Cinnamon Álvarez tried to go further forward, but the approach was taken advantage of by his rival to unleash blows on some occasions. The uppercut to the face again worked for him to catch his breath, but it didn’t last long. In the last seconds of the round, the Mexican fell to the canvas after being pushed by his rival. Cinnamon 9 – 10 Bivol
Round 7: “Well covered, man,” Eddy Reynoso told Canelo before the round. He knows the mistakes he has made and he has half a fight left to correct. Dmitry Bivol had a greater advantage and took control of the brawl with punishments to the face and guard of his opponent. In the last seconds of the episode Bivol cornered Cinnamon, who could no longer elude a combination that took him to the ropes. Cinnamon 9 – 10 Bivol
Round 6: Five episodes have passed and the Mexican changed the strategy. The blows that were previously aimed at the body were now focused on the face. The distance was less, so he obeyed Eddy Reynoso’s order to execute uppercuts to the face. Bivol used the jab to hurt his rival and took him back to the ropes a couple of times, although Álvarez’s guard prevented the damage that the previous round. The duel looks even. Cinnamon 9 – 10 Bivol
Round 5: The Russian boxer regained the advantage for a few rounds. Rarely seen in his career, the Mexican was cornered on the ropes and allowed three clean shots to his face. The movement surprised the attendees who were silent for a few seconds before encouraging the Mexican again. Álvarez tried to save the round in the last minutes of the chapter with a hook to the face. Cinnamon 9 – 10 Bivol
Round 4: Both characters were responsible for snatching the courier. Cinnamon he managed to close the distance a few centimeters and consolidate his attacks with slight effectiveness. The Russian did not give in and accepted the uppers of his rival in exchange for counterattacking. Towards the last minutes of the episode, the Mexican locked Bivol on the ropes and hit him with an uppercut that was celebrated by the fans. Cinnamon 10 – 9 Bivol
Round 3: Dmitry Bivol accepted the Mexican’s invitation and was more willing to violate it. Despite the Russian’s attacks, the Mexican took advantage of the ropes to dodge the punches and landed a couple of counterpunches to Bivol’s face. Most of the episode they stayed in the center of the ring. Synonymous with the initiative that both have to go to the front and not give in, although the champion took advantage. Cinnamon 9 – 10 Bivol
Round 2: Saúl Álvarez was more frontal in the first seconds. At times, the fighters refrained from releasing blows, although the Mexican managed to close the gap. People did not stop chanting for his favorite, although the Russian took it as an impulse in his favor and directed an attack that did him little good. Cinnamon he tried to surprise Bivol with hooks, but the distance wasn’t close enough to do it. Cinnamon 10 – 9 Bivol
Round 1: As dictated by boxing canons, the two fighters took advantage of the first few seconds to evaluate each other. However, although cautiously, the Russian took the opportunity to go on the attack and mark distance with his typical jab. For his part, Cinnamon he tightened his guard and sought to get closer to his rival in the middle of the hooks against him. The Mexican managed to hit the side of the Russian with power in the last seconds. Cinnamon 10 – 9 Bivol
22:51 – The fight started.
22:50 – Canelo Álvarez, a challenger but widely preferred by those attending the sports venue, was the second to be presented.
22:47 – Dmitry Bivol, a boxer with a record of 19-0-0 and 11 knockouts, is the first of the protagonists to be presented.
22:46 – The match judge is the first to be introduced.
22:46 – The two protagonists are already in the ensogado.
22:44 – While the mariachi interprets the song of “Mexico cute and loved”, Cinnamon He stood on a platform to observe his followers from above.
22:41 – Canelo Álvarez enters the stage to the rhythm of the song “The Final Countdown” to the rhythm of a mariachi.
22:40 – The fans are already applauding the entrance of Canelo Álvarez while the person in charge of the microphone announces his presence.
22:38 – The master of ceremonies announced the arrival of Dmitry Bivol.
22:37 – Dmitry Bivol approaches the center of the ring.
22:36 – The United States anthem was also sung. It is worth mentioning that the one in Russia was not executed due to the determinations of the WBA.
22:34 – Carín León sang the Mexican National Anthem before the arrival of the protagonists.
22:32 – Dmitry Bivol sits in his dressing room waiting before walking to the ring.
22:30 – Cinnamon He is already waiting for the moment to get into the ring. In the locker room try to stay calm before heading down the aisle to the ring.
22:28 – Mike Tyson is among the attendees at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
22:19 – Montana Love won by way of decision against Gabriel Valenzuela.
22:09 – Saúl Álvarez is already warming up in his dressing room together with Eddy Reynoso. He will jump into the ring with white gloves and Mexican pink shorts.
22:08 – Montana Love and Gabriel Valenzuela star in the tenth of 12 rounds in their fight.
22:00 – Gabriel Valenzuela and Montana Love star in the co-main event, a few minutes after Canelo and Bivol arrive in the ring.
21:55 – The Mexican fighter has already certified his gloves before the judges and is ready to continue his preparation.
21:53 – The judges have already verified the gloves that Dmitry Bivol will use and he is ready for the last warm-up.
21:52 – Cinnamon Álvarez put on the gloves that he will use during the fight.
21:36 – Saúl received the blessing of his daughter, wife and mother before beginning the pre-fight warm-up.
21:20 – The Cinnamon Álvarez is already in the dressing room in the company of his team and family while being bandaged by Eddy Reynoso.
21:00 – Marc Castro and Pedro Vicente engage in one of the co-star fights of the night.
20:50 – Saúl Álvarez arrived at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, accompanied by his corner.