The defeat of Saúl Canelo Álvarez before Dmitry Bivol by unanimous decision of the judges (115-113) he surprised and disappointed his fans. It was a “sad night” for the Mexicanconsidered one of the best pound for pound today, who despite having endured the barrage of blows during the 12 rounds, was tired, slow and sometimes powerless to respond as in his last fights to the onslaught of his rival .
In this fight, which was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Bivol retained the World Boxing Association light heavyweight belt. (WBA). And it was the occasion for to the beautiful, Sports Staff Photographer from Getty Images, will show all his experience from ringside to capture the best images of the contest that paralyzed fans from all over the planet.
The spectacular entrance of Canelo Álvarez. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images.
“I was a boxing fan long before I photographed the sport. My first memory of watching boxing on TV was Ali-Frazier III, that Thrilla in Manila, with my dad at our house on ABC Wide World of Sports. I think that was in 1975”, comments Bello to explain his relationship with the sport of fists.
He added: “I really revere boxers and everything that goes into it, the training, the dedication, the sacrifice, the pain. They put their lives on the line every time they step into the ring. My first boxing match that I ever photographed was an amateur match in a school gym in 1989. I’ve loved photographing boxing ever since.”
One of catch in Canelo-Bivol. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images.
In that sense, Bello graphed what he felt on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena. “Photographing a Canelo Alvarez fight was no different. He is one of the best Mexican boxers who laces up his gloves. The crowd was very festive and the stadium was packed. Canelo and Dimitry made a grand entrance. It was electric. The noise was deafening. Unfortunately, the fight itself was not one of the best. It was a bit like a game of chess.”
Bivol punishes Canelo Álvarez. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images.
With his 33 years of ringside experience, Bello tried to interpret what happened in the ring, where the great boxing star was unable to face Bivol’s solidity.
Bivol attacks and takes Canelo Álvarez against the ropes. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images.
“Canelo couldn’t penetrate Bivol’s defense, and he seemed frustrated. Bivol stuck to a game plan and attacked in short bursts missing a lot but working hard. What was also missing was Canelo’s signature body attack. He seemed to only hit one at the same time and didn’t go to the body with his trademark punishing attack. The fight went to the finish and Bivol won a unanimous decision. It was a surprise since Canelo hadn’t lost for many years. Either way it was great to be there.” , he concluded.