Canelo Alvarez will be back in Las Vegas on Saturday night as he continues to gain weight and strives to be great. In his second attempt to reach 175 pounds, the Mexican star will take on Dmitry Bivol, WBA light-heavyweight champion. All this will take place at the T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Alvarez continues to challenge himself against top champions in weight categories well beyond his natural weight. After finishing second in the division, Alvarez unified all four belts at just 168 pounds. He previously held titles at junior weight and middleweight.
Alvarez said this week that he likes this type of challenge because it makes him feel alive. "This is why I'm still boxing, because it gives me the adrenaline that I need. Limits don't exist for me so I am always looking for more. You never know what you might get. [Fighting at heavyweight] Maybe."
The Mexican star continues to struggle as he approaches the line of the unthinkable. He enters the fight with major disadvantages in height and reach against Bivol. The Russian champion is 6 feet tall and quite large for his age. He is undefeated at 19.0 and has not been challenged in any of his nine title defenses.
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Bivol said that sometimes, "Sometimes, it's okay to do well at something and win the fight," CBS Sports. Sometimes, you need to do more. You have to be able to take what you have and make it better. You have to be more with your opponents. I believe Canelo is the fight where I have all of Dmitry Bivol.
"In sparring, I can do it. I have enough power. I'm 175 lbs and believe I can do anything in the ring, if I want it to.
The T-Mobile Arena will host three more bouts. Scott Alexander and Zhilei Zhang will be fighting after Filip Hrgovic pulled out of his bout against Zhang. Montana Love will be fighting Gabriel Valenzuela at junior welterweight. Christian Gomez and Shakhram Giyasov, welterweights, are also set to fight it out.
Zhang, a 39-year-old Chinese native, is undefeated at 23-1-1, with 18 knockouts in his career. On the undercard of Canelo Vs. Plant, he defeated Craig Lewis by a TKO. Love is also undefeated at 17-1-1 as a junior-welterweight, with nine knockouts. In 2021, he won four major victories that included three TKOs.
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