'Disgusting display': Boxing world loses it over Canelo farce

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Boxer Canelo Alvaraz (pictured left) leaning on the ropes after his loss and Dimitry Bivol (pictured right) celebrating his win.
Boxing fans were left seething over the judges scorecards between Canelo Alvaraz (pictured left) and Dimitry Bivol (pictured right). (Getty Images)

The boxing world was left stunned after Canelo Alvaraz fell to just his second career defeat against Dimity Bivol in the light heavyweight division, but many fans were just as shocked at the judges scorecards.

The Russian was too big and technical for the stoic Mexica who succumbed to the flurry of straight shots that saw Bivol win 115-113 on all three judges scorecards.

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The super middleweight champion appeared to become tired and frustrated in the sixth and seventh round when he struggled to break down Bivol's defence.

Bivol also surprised many as he often bullied Canelo and forced the Mexican back onto the ropes throughout the fight.

Canelo should be applauded for taking the risk to fight in an unfamiliar class against the much bigger opponent.

However, the boxing world was left utterly shocked when all three judges had the fight even going into the 12th round.

Many experts had Bivol winning by a wide margin, up to five or six rounds, but were left stunned when a hint of an upset was on the cards.

Many fans were also left perplexed to find that all three judges awarded Canelo the first four rounds.

These rounds were some of the more dominant for Bivol as Canelo failed to land more than double digit punches in each of the rounds.

While the correct fighter won, the boxing world was still left stunned to just how close the judges saw the event.

Canelo Alvaraz wants rematch after shock loss

The boxing world was shocked to see Canelo so easily outboxed for the first time in seven years, after a year that saw him unify the super middleweight division in emphatic fashion.

Canelo took the loss with class in the ring and offered no excuse, before asking for a rematch.

After the match, Canelo took to social media and praised the bout.

"Boxing is like that, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but always with your head held high," he wrote in a translated tweet.

"I believe that we offered to the people a great fight.

"We will fight again and we will win again."

Canelo was originally planning on fighting Gennady Golovkin in a long-waited trilogy bout later this year.

However, the shock loss could see that fight postponed - or discarded altogether - if Canelo triggers the rematch clause and seeks redemption.

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