Canelo Alvarez will challenge to become two-time light-heavyweight champion this weekend when he takes on Dmitry Bivol in Las Vegas.
Boxing’s leading star will make his latest bow for the first time since making history and becoming undisputed champion at 168lbs with victory over Caleb Plant. He will make a step-up to 175lbs for the second time after previously knocking out Sergey Kovalev to become champion in the division back in 2020.
A victory for Alvarez is likely to set up a trilogy clash with two-time rival Gennady Golovkin in September, after the Mexican signed a two-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Bivol remains undefeated in his professional career and will put his WBA world title on the line. The Russian star is a familiar face on domestic shores having successfully negotiated the test of Craig Richards in Manchester last year.
Here is all you need to know ahead of Alvarez’s latest ring appearance…
UK fight start time
Alvarez and Bivol are expected to make their ring walks at around 5am UK time in the early hours of Sunday May 8 with the main card set to get underway at 1am.
The main event will then proceed to begin at around 5:15am but will depend on the duration of the undercard bouts and the ring walks.
How to watch via live stream and on TV
Alvarez’s title clash with Bivol will be shown live on DAZN, with the main broadcast starting at 1:00am. A subscription to DAZN costs viewers £7.99 a month and you can purchase one here.
Subscribers in the US and Canada will be able to purchase the event on DAZN PPV for an additional fee of $59.99. You can also watch DAZN on multiple devices including laptop, smart TV and through the mobile app.
Full Alvarez v Bivol fight card
Canelo Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol – WBA (Super) light heavyweight title
Zhilei Zhang vs Scott Alexander
Montana Love vs Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela
Shakhram Giyasov vs Christian Gomez
Joselito Velazquez vs Jose Soto
Alexis Espino vs Aaron Silva
Who do you think will win the fight? Canelo Alvarez or Dmitry Bivol? Let us know in the comments section below
Alvarez: “Thank you to Dmitry Bivol for the opportunity to fight for your world championship, thank you so much. I’m glad to be back with Eddie Hearn and working with him, with DAZN, I’m really excited for this year.
“I don’t care, I like challenges, it makes me feel alive – challenges for me in everything in my life. I like a good challenge and now I have a very good fighter in front of me and I’m excited for this fight.
“Bivol is a really tough fighter and it’s going to be a really good fight for Cinco de Mayo weekend with my people in Las Vegas – Mexican weekend. I’m really excited and I’m going to prepare really well because this fight is going to be really hard.”
Bivol: “I believe in my skills and when I come to the ring I believe in my victory. I’m looking forward to May 7, thank you. Me and my team wanted this fight and I’m glad this fight will be in the United States and one of the Mecca of boxing.
“This is very important for me especially because I’m fighting one of the best if not the best in the world right now, I want people to be able to see me and my skills, this is a big fight that can give me the ability to achieve my other goals and go on if I win this fight.”