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What Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol need to do to win, plus best bets

Super middleweight undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez moves up in weight to challenge light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol for his WBA world title on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (DAZN PPV, 9 p.m. ET).

This will be Alvarez’s second fight at 175 pounds. In November 2019, Alvarez defeated Sergey Kovalev by 11th-round TKO to win the WBO belt. He later vacated that belt to continue his quest at 168-pounds.

Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) defeated Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant to unify all four major super middleweight titles, and hopes to do the same at light heavyweight.

Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) won the WBA interim belt in 2016, but was elevated to “regular” champion in 2017 after Badou Jack vacated the title. In 2019 Bivol was elevated to “super” champion and has made three defenses of that belt.

“There’s a reason why Alvarez picked Bivol,” two-division champion and current ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. said. “It is the challenge because Bivol is a more capable champion to upset Alvarez and Canelo just wants to face the best and be great. He believes he is great.”

Bradley breaks down the matchup and picks the winner.

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