Over the years, Canelo Alvarez has entertained millions thanks to his elite boxing skills. He has come a long way since turning pro at such a young age, fighting primarily in Mexico. Now a four-division champion, Canelo isn’t done showing the world what he can do.
Canelo is set to fight Dmitry Bivol next for the WBA light-heavyweight title. That fight will take place Saturday inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Sporting News looks into the career of Canelo, and all that has led up to this next challenge.
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How old is Canelo Alvarez?
Canelo is just 31 years old. He started boxing when he was 13 years old and became the Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion in 2005 at the age of 15.
Turning pro at 15, Canelo worked his way through the boxing world.
Canelo Alvarez bio, record
After an amateur record of 44-2, Canelo primarily fought as a pro all through Mexico. He won WBC-NABF as well as Jalisco welterweight gold early on.
In 2011, Canelo beat Matthew Hatton to win the WBC light-middleweight title. It was his first real taste of gold. During that time, Canelo beat the likes of Shane Mosley and Josesito Lopez. In 2012, Canelo beat Austin Trout to win the WBA and The Ring light-middleweight titles. At 23, Canelo faced the toughest challenge of his career in Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather beat Canelo via majority decision, causing Canelo to lose the titles. It was a real learning moment for the young Canelo.
Since that loss, Canelo has gone 15-0-1.
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Canelo beat Miguel Cotto to win the WBC and The Ring middleweight titles in 2016. That same year he beat Liam Smith to win the WBO light-middleweight title. In 2017, Canelo fought Gennadiy Golovkin to a split decision draw. The rematch in 2018 saw Canelo beat GGG to become WBA, WBA and The Ring middleweight champion. Both fight results were considered controversial.
After that, Canelo would win the IBF middleweight title from Daniel Jacobs in 2019. Between that fight and the second Golovkin bout, Canelo beat Rocky Fielding for the WBA super-middleweight title.
Things got interesting for Canelo after the Jacobs fight. He started his legacy run by beating Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light-heavyweight title. Canelo then went on an 11-month quest to unify the super-middleweight division. He beat Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant to win the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and The Ring super-middleweight titles.
Now, Canelo will look to add another light-heavyweight title to his collection against Bivol. If he wins, a third Golovkin fight is on the table.
When is Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol?
- Date: Saturday, May 7
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: Midnight ET (approx.)
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol will take place Saturday, May 7. The main event is expected to begin around midnight ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol
The Canelo vs. Bivol main card will air on DAZN, which will show the fight via a special pay-per-view format.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol PPV price: How much does the card cost?
- DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99 in the US, $20 in Canada, £7.99 in the UK
- DAZN annual subscription: $99.99 in the US, $150 in Canada
Because it is a pay-per-view event, the fight will cost $59.99 for current subscribers and $79.99 for new subscribers.
Customers in the UK can sign up for DAZN for £7.99 per month.
You can also order the event in the US via iNDEMAND: PPV.com ($24.99).
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight card
- Dmitry Bivol (c) vs. Canelo Alvarez for the WBA light heavyweight title
- TBA vs. Zhang Zhilei; heavyweights
- Montana Love vs. Gabriel Valenzuela; light welterweights
- Shakhram Giyasov vs. Christian Gomez for the IBF North America welterweight title
- Alexis Espino vs. Aaron Silva; middleweights
- Joselito Velazquez faces Jose Soto; flyweights
- Marc Castro vs. Pedro Vicente Scharbaai; lightweights
- Elnur Abduraimov faces Manuel Correa; super-featherweights
- Fernando Angel Molina vs. Ricardo Valdovinos; super lightweights