The boxing world did not expect the defeat of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this Saturday against the WBA semi-complete champion, the Russian Dmitry Bivol, who won by unanimous decision with a triple card of 115-113. Only some close to Bivol, his family and his team bet on him, as well as Floyd Mayweather Jr., who published this Sunday what he won for going against the Mexican.
But in addition to breaking that halo of invincibility already boasted by the fighter from Guadalajara, who days before the fight had assured that he was “invincible at this point in his career”, he also lost the second fight of his career, after a streak of 16 consecutive fights without losing, including 15 victories. A third consequence was that he will move up the rankings of the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
While Bivol took the victory with reserve, he reiterated that he decided to prepare quietly and show in the ring his talent. He also said that with the victory he does not feel like the king of boxing for having beaten the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today.
I only defeated an opponent who wanted my belt; I don’t feel like a king, I was just better tonight. I was focused, he threw powerful punches and got tired. Canelo is a great boxer, but I hit him well on the counter punch. That was the key,” Dmitry Bivol said.
For his part, “Canelo” simply declared: “this does not stay like this“.
How would the ranking of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world look like?
Regarding the list of the best fighters on the planet, a group of specialists, consulted by ESPN, estimates that the ranking may move because “Canelo” will be unseated by several fighters in the coming days:
1.- Terence Crawford (38-0 29 KO’s)
The welterweight world champion has already proclaimed himself as the best boxer in the world, after the defeat of “Canelo”. He is currently ranked number two on the list but has already raised his hand for the position: “We know who is number one now”.
2.- Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KO’s)
The Japanese is unified world champion in the bantamweight division and is currently No. 3 on the list, as he prepares to give a rematch to Filipino Nonito Donaire in the land of the “Rising Sun” and if he wins, he would also have the right to move up in the list.
3.- Errol Spence Jr. (28-0, 22 KOs)
The unified welterweight champion just turned 32 years old and defeated Cuban Yordenis Ugas in a resounding manner. In fact, it was easier than the experts said. With this victory, he is also considered among the best pound for pound, where he is currently ranked fourth.
4.- Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KO’s)
“Gipsy King” just gave a dominant display at Wembley Stadium against Dillian Whyte for his 23rd knockout. The Brit announced his retirement from the ring, but he leaves as a fighter that at this time no one could beat, with only one loss in his career and with several years of dominance in the heavyweight division. He is currently ranked 6th in the rankings.
5.- Saul Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs)
The Mexican could drop to fifth place in the ranking and from there he would have to climb again to be considered the best in the world. To do so, he has a possible rematch against Bivol as a way to open the door to a third fight against Gennady Golovkin, which for the moment is on hold. Whatever happens in the future, “Canelo’s” career is impressive.
6.- Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs)
The Ukrainian fighter, unified heavyweight champion, until Saturday was listed as a potential opponent for “Canelo”. In the meantime, he has a fight coming up against Anthony Joshua on September 25.
7.- Vasyl Lomachenko (16-2, 11 knockouts)
Lomachenko is currently the seventh pound-for-pound fighter in the world, even without having fought for half a year. In fact, he still does not have a definite opponent for his next fight. The last time he stepped into the ring was in December 2020 against Richard Commey. In fact, he is currently in his country fighting Russian troops.
8.- Juan Francisco ‘Gallo’ Estrada (42-3, 28 KO’s)
“El Gallo” is the unified super flyweight champion. He has just defeated Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in March of last year. Although he hasn’t fought in a year, he is well ranked in the list and after his next fight, he could move up.
9.- Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs)
The Scotsman is the undisputed Super Lightweight champion and also has no opponent on the card, although his last fight was on February 26 against Jack Catterall.
10.- Dmitry Bivol (20, 0 11 KO’s)
The Russian semi-featured champion did not appear on the list until before his fight on Saturday. However, the upset he pulled off could immediately place him among the top 10 in the world. He could also move up in the event of a rematch against “Canelo” in September.