- Opening boxing odds for Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol Bivol are favoring Canelo as a -500 favorite.
- Dmitry Bivol (19-0), is a true light heavyweight challenge for Canelo.
- We break down the odds for betting on Canelo vs Bivol below.
Canelo Alvarez is set to return to the light heavyweight division to take on undefeated Russian Dmitry Bivol. The bout is now confirmed for May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez vs Bivol is expected to be another huge event among fans and sports bettors. Online sportsbooks have released opening Canelo vs Bivol odds for this upcoming clash. Rematch info and Bivol vs Canelo 2 odds are now live!
Canelo vs Bivol Odds
The betting favorite here Alvarez opened as a -500 favorite over Bivol at +333. That means Canelo has an implied win probability of 83.3%. Betting on Bivol here as the underdog would net you $333 on a $100 bet on the chance of an upset occurring. For a more in-depth breakdown; check out our Canelo vs Bivol prediction here.
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Bivol is certainly the B-side here but he’s no slouch and the oddsmakers recognize that. Against Plant, Canelo opened as a -600 favorite and -500 to Saunders. Both of these betting lines moved heavily in favor of Canelo come fight night. We can expect the same to happen here against Bivol.
Betting on Canelo vs Bivol
The last time we saw Canelo Alvarez at light heavyweight was against the “Krusher”, WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev. It was a competitive ten rounds, where Kovalev has success with the jab. After Canelo was down multiple rounds he found his opening in the 11th round and knocked out Kovalev.
Bivol’s undefeated record stretches back to 2014 when it turned pro. His last six wins came by unanimous decision with notable wins over Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jr. He stands 6ft tall with a 72-inch reach. Bivol’s arms reach is actually two inches shorter than Canelo’s last opponent Caleb Plant. Bivol’s strength could play a huge factor in this fight, especially if he leans into Canelo and stops the Mexican from getting enough space to let his punches go.
While Canelo is no stranger to fighting on the inside, I see him having more success this way than keeping Bivol at range. Canelo will watch for mistakes and movement patterns that Bivol repeats. Similar to when Saunders kept his head low and ended up getting caught cleanly on the eye, forcing him out of the fight with a fractured socket.
There is no question that T-Mobile Arena has been fortunate for Alvarez over the years. This is the place where he has defeated boxers including Amir Khan and Julio César Chávez Jr. Lately, he has admitted the arena being his favorite in interviews.
Canelo Seeks Legacy
For Canelo’s legacy moving forward, Bivol is the next step in fighting in an upper weight class once again. In addition to this fight, Canelo is securing a second fight for later in 2022 which could be a trilogy bout against Gennady Golovkin. Canelo vs GGG 3 odds are now live!
Two-fight deals are worth approximately $85 million for Eddie Hearn’s team’s Matchroom Boxing, which would see Canelo return to fighting on DAZN. The first fight would pit Alvarez against 175-pound titleholder Bivol on May 7.
Canelo loves to fight during Cinco De May weekend and American independence day weekend in September. With these two upcoming weekends being roughly set for Canelo’s next dance partners.
“Al Haymon offered Alvarez a one-fight deal worth upward of $45 million for a May 7 defense of his undisputed super middleweight championship against Jermall Charlo, sources said. Another PBC offer extended to Alvarez, 31, was for two fights and more than $100 million for a May fight with Charlo and a September bout with David Benavidez,” said Mike Coppinger at ESPN.
Bivol Ready for Canelo on May 7
Bivol’s camp has said they are set to defend his WBA title on May 7 regardless of the opponent. There’s no doubt that Bivol would give Alvarez a run for his money. The 31-year-old Russian boxer is proficient in managing distance and is an accurate puncher.
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