‘I don’t feel like I am king’: Dmitry Bivol preaches humility after title triumph

After his landmark win against Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, the Russian showed he is not a fighter who goes in for bluster and bombast

Deep in the basement of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and a very long way from Vladimir Putin’s lavish office in Moscow, Dmitry Bivol seemed the very opposite of his glowering and gloating president late on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Russian had just dominated Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, the celebrated king of boxing, in a clinical and comprehensive performance.

Bivol retained his WBA world light-heavyweight title as he proved he was too big, too strong and too composed for Álvarez, who had moved up from the super-middleweights where he had established himself as that division’s first undisputed champion in history.

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