In a shocking twist, Bivol left the ring the far cleaner puncher of the two, finding great success with the jab and reeling off vicious combinations that landed cleanly.
Canelo was noticeably frustrated, a rare sight for boxing fans who have seen him completely dominate in recent years.
Bivol pressed the Mexican hard, landing impressive combinations that hurt his opponent. Canelo’s body language slumped in the later rounds; his output dipped dramatically whilst his opponent looked as fresh as ever.
Bivol enjoyed a dominant 11th round, by far the biggest round of the fight for Dmitry, as he blasted Canelo with a huge bundle of power shots.
Dmitry closed the show, cementing his dominance in the final round and easing his way to a unanimous decision victory.
A major upset in the world of boxing, as Dmitry Bivol retained his WBA light heavyweight title. Canelo has faced 18 world champions, only Floyd Mayweather and Bivol have managed to defeat him inside the ring.
An impressive outing for Bivol who gave Canelo plenty to think about tonight. Incredibly convincing in his title defence, and seemingly unfazed by the greatness of the Mexican.
You can now watch the full fight highlights below courtesy of DAZN’s YouTube channel!
What a night of boxing and what a night for Dmitry Bivol!
All eyes will be on what Canelo chooses to do next… what weight? what opponent? We can’t wait to find out!