LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez dedicated his life to being the ultimate sportsman. Now that he’s fully arrived, he’s changing the rules for how a boxing champion should operate. 

Gone are the days of careful opponent selection and being shielded from foes by a link to a singular promoter. Extended layoffs to maximize the quality of vacations between fights? Deleted. 

“This is my time. I feel in my prime,” Alvarez said. 

His next fight is Saturday night’s DAZN pay-per-view bout against World Boxing Association champion Dmitry Bivol at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight marks a return to the 175-pound division after Alvarez captured the World Boxing Organization light-heavyweight belt in November 2019 by knocking out veteran Sergey Kovalev. 

“I feel alive when I have this kind of challenge,” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) said of his Saturday night bout vs. Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs). 

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After defeating three 168-pound champions within a year to become boxing’s first undisputed super-middleweight champion, Alvarez goes back to 175-pounds to meet another Russian. 

Bivol is five years younger than 31-year-old Kovalev. He’s respected for his jab and ring poise, built from a distinguished amateur career. He proved as much three years ago when he defeated current WBO light-heavyweight champion Joe Smith Jr.

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