Dimitri Bevol breaks down how he beat Canelo Alvarez and future plans

Dimitri Bevol recorded the biggest win of his career so far on Saturday, defeating Canelo Alvarez by decision in Las Vegas to remain undefeated and retain his light heavyweight title.

Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) spoke at his post-fight press conference, brushing off any thoughts that it was disrespectful to get him into second despite being the defending champion, and discussed Canelo’s strength (57-2-2, 39 KOs) as a light heavyweight , plus much more.

Before the pressing machine officially started, mics picked up Eddie Hearn talking with Bevol and Vadim Kornilov at the table.

“In his last two fights, there’s nothing to show that he can do it,” Hearn said in a conversation. “We know how good he was, I’ve always believed in him. But performing like this on that stage is very special. Because most fighters can’t produce that when it counts.”

Befall noted, “If it weren’t for my last two fights, I wouldn’t have fought this fight. 100 percent.”

It’s an interesting little look at a conversation that wasn’t specific to the media.

Anyway, regarding stuff that’s only slightly modified for clarity since English isn’t Bivol’s first language (although it’s not hard to understand at all).

What he felt was the key to victory

“The whole fight, I was focused. I saw how he throws hard punches. He only throws strong punches. After (all) strong punches, he was a bit tired. Tired tired. Canelo is a good fighter as an anti-punch, but I made him (fight harder), and I was today Anti-punch. It was the key.”

On whether he was surprised at how “easy it was”

“I just felt like I won the fight. I don’t know.”

About being criticized for not entertaining in the past

“My last fights, I didn’t enjoy it in fighting. It wasn’t a challenge for me. I just defended my title against some guys, everyone bet on me. I enjoyed this, and heard a lot of fans screaming. It motivated me today, and I really enjoyed the fight.”

On the greatness of Canelo in highlighting his greatness

“Of course, if my opponent was better, I would show my better side. …I didn’t expect he was better. I expected that. I believed in myself, I thought I could win. I knew he was punched hard and he was hitting me on my body and my arm and throwing left hooks.” I expected it and it did.”

On a possible rematch

“My dream is to be the undisputed champion. I got this chance to fight against the best man, and I did this fight in terms of getting the chance. That’s all I cared about, and I appreciate the chance I had. My goal now is to get what I deserve.” If a rematch is going to happen, I have to make sure I get what I deserve, because I don’t think even in previous fights as a champion I got what I deserve.”

About whether fighting looks different on the big stage

“It was of course. I’ve been sitting in my room all week. It was boring, you know? I can’t get out of the room and I’m tired of it. And I saw how much attention this fight got.”

When entering first despite being a hero before entering the big Canelo

“To be honest, I don’t care who goes in first or second. I don’t care. I just wanted this fight. … I just wanted to fight him. When he was coming to the ring and I heard the crowd, I really enjoyed how they were screaming.”

Whether he spoke to Canelo after that

“I just said he is a really great champion, I respect him. He gave me a lot today, he gave me this fight and a lot of experience.”

On whether he thought it should be P4P No. 1

“Honestly, no. I just hit the guy who wanted my belt in my mind. He was super average. Yes, he had a (former) light heavyweight belt, but I don’t feel like I’m the ‘king’ today. No, I just beat Canelo. I was better than him today.”

About what he might do differently in the rematch

“Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know what I will eat today or what I will do tomorrow.”

About battle registration and “need” to the twelfth round

“I thought a bit when I heard the scores, 115-113, I thought, ‘Maybe I lost today. But I felt like I won, you know? I expect it. It was all against me today. Even Eddie (Hearn), he congratulates me and smiles, he’s happy for me, but he’s not very Happy for me, you know? “

On whether he felt left out in the light heavyweight division

“For me, it’s enough to have a belt. I know I’m the best, even if no one tells me. I don’t feel like the best in the light-heavyweight category; I don’t feel it because I don’t have all the belts. If I had all the belts, I would feel like I The best. But for now, I’m one of the best.”

When he knew he was in control

“I could see his punches, and what he wanted to do right from the start.”

Whether he feels disrespected as a hero

“I understand why I walked in second, because Canelo is the bigger name. And the rules, all the rules, aren’t his. No problem, just give me the fight. He’s first on the posters, no problem. The rules aren’t for him. Just give me the fight. No problem for me.” I’m really glad I got into the fight.”

Whether he feels the strength of Canelo

“Yeah, of course I felt his strength. He really has good strength. But you know he has good speed, good strength and good sense – but some people are born strong. I don’t have that kind of strength. I can throw a strong punch if I want to, if I I really want to put the strength into a punch, I can do it on purpose. Some other boxers have the strength in every punch, they can just throw a punch and it’s really strong. I didn’t feel like a light heavyweight he had that kind of strength from birth, throwing a punch It just hurts. I felt like he was putting everything he could into every punch and trying to make it strong.”

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