Mexico’s undisputed super-middleweight world champion was out-boxed by the WBA light-heavyweight titleholder – losing a unanimous and indisputable decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Mexican, 32, suffered the second professional defeat of his career against the Russian five months ago as a result – his first since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
Despite clearly being comfortably outclassed, Canelo Alvarez could be seen raising both hands in celebration above his head after the fight – only for him to leave the ring looking rather crestfallen with his head drooped in obvious disappointment a few moments later.
Gennady Golovkin reacts to Canelo Alvarez’s latest defeat to Dmitry Bivol
And Golovkin has accused his bitter rival of looking at his most recent performance through rose-tinted glasses rather than accepting the reality of the situation.
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“It would not be appropriate for me to suggest what the score might be,” Golovkin told BoxingScene.com.
“I’m not a judge. People probably question my opinion of that anyway, so I don’t want to do that. But Bivol looked better and his win was more convincing than the score reflects.
“The behaviour of his opponent, Canelo, raising his arms after the fight and later saying that he probably lost only a couple of rounds, that just shows his loss of touch with reality and his failure to assess things adequately.”
Gennady Golovkin gives his analysis on Canelo Alvarez’s latest defeat to Dmitry Bivol
It’s worth pointing out that Bivol’s performance against Canelo was far more dominant than either of Golovkin’s previous two efforts.
But he still thinks that he could have been a bit more aggressive to ‘make his win more convincing.’
“I wouldn’t say that I was surprised because I know who Canelo is, I know who Bivol is,” he added.
“What surprised me more was the reaction of people who were under some kind of illusion, that basically have been kidding themselves for a long period of time [about Alvarez].
“I think Bivol could’ve been more superior. We all saw how he looked after the fight. He didn’t even look tired.
“He had the ability to make his win more convincing.”