Did ambition get the best of Canelo Alvarez?

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez, sun shades protecting some of the redness and welts that peppered his face, discovered himself in unfamiliar territory.

For the first time since a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather at age 23, Alvarez sat on the dais afterward and defined how — and why — he misplaced.

Alvarez mentioned the judges miscalculated — that Dmitry Bivol gained 4 or 5 rounds, at most, on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. But even his promoter, Eddie Hearn, scored simply three rounds for Alvarez, who misplaced the 175-pound title struggle in dominant style.

There’s no disgrace in the loss, of course, not even for the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. All alongside, Alvarez mentioned his best weight is 168 kilos, the place he stays the undisputed tremendous middleweight champion.

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It speaks to Alvarez’s greatness that he was thought of a 5-1 favourite towards Bivol, a pure 175-pounder in the ninth protection of his gentle heavyweight title. The Russian boxer entered the ring as ESPN’s No. 2 gentle heavyweight, however there was buzz surrounding Bivol that he was much better than he was getting credit score for. He merely by no means had the probability to show it.

“I really feel like I can come out of this struggle with my head held excessive as a result of I gave the best of me in a unique weight class,” Alvarez mentioned. “I’m on the lookout for challenges that take me out of my consolation zone.”

That subsequent problem is probably going a rematch with Bivol. Alvarez, 31, mentioned he plans to train the rematch clause however that he’ll discuss with supervisor/coach Eddy Reynoso and Hearn. The Mexican boxer was set for a Sept. 17 trilogy bout with Gennadiy Golovkin at 168 kilos, however it seems that struggle should wait — if it ever occurs in any respect.

Hearn mentioned the rematch with Bivol is now the largest struggle in boxing, surpassing the third bout with Golovkin. Maybe so. At the second, it is tough to see what changes Alvarez could make to show the tables, however maybe the lengthy odds will push him to new heights — and even additional exterior that consolation zone.

Whatever Alvarez decides is subsequent, he’s free to land whichever struggle he desires. That’s a hard-earned perk accompanying his standing as the sport’s prime attraction.

“I’m at all times going out on the lookout for tough fights,” Alvarez mentioned. “I’m at all times up for taking over new challenges.

“Tonight, I used to be on the lookout for greatness.”

A victory would have made Alvarez a two-time champion at 175 kilos. His lone earlier bout at gentle heavyweight was a November 2019 victory over Sergey Kovalev.

In that struggle, Alvarez was forward by one spherical on two scorecards and even on a 3rd heading into the eleventh spherical, when he brutally knocked out Kovalev.

Unlike Kovalev (now 39), Bivol, 31, is in his prime, and this time, Alvarez bit off greater than he may chew.

For the first time in his profession, Alvarez will try to actual revenge. And he’ll have a bit of expertise to attract from. No, Alvarez did not lose to Golovkin, however many followers believed he did after their first assembly in September 2017 for the unified middleweight championship was deemed a draw.

One 12 months later, after they fought in the rematch, Alvarez was declared the winner through majority determination.

“I at all times prefer to study from issues,” Alvarez mentioned. “Today, I really feel like I discovered so much, and I’m going to point out you this in the upcoming fights.”

Indeed, the 5-foot-8 Alvarez may show in the rematch that he can beat an elite fighter who is of course greater and owns a superb jab succesful of capitalizing on a four-inch top benefit.

Or possibly Alvarez will study that weight lessons exist for a cause and that even the best fighters meet their restrict sooner or later.

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