LAS VEGAS – Despite his fame, acclaim and intention to reign supreme for years to come, Canelo Alvarez Saturday night ran headlong into the firm reality that weight classes are meant to be obeyed. 

How he’s going to navigate that will be a tricky dilemma given all we know about the confidence, ego and pride that resides, inescapably, within the sport’s elite champions.  

Russia’s Dmitry Bivol, producing a scintillating performance in which he flexed superior activity, strength and skill, produced a unanimous-decision upset of Mexico’s Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena. 

Judges Tim Cheatham, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld all scored the bout 115-113 for Bivol, who successfully defended his World Boxing Association light-heavyweight title for the eighth time and improved to 20-0. 

“I proved myself today. I’m the best,” Bivol said in the ring. 

As he undertakes the sober accounting of his defeat, Alvarez will review how Bivol out-punched him in all 12 rounds. 

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ROUND BY ROUND:Dmitry Bivol upsets Canelo Alvarez by unanimous decision

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