Along Sean Jones: When we look back at Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hahn’s best fights of 2022, we have to pick Dmitry Bivol’s Canelo Alvarez upset as the best by far.
The Canelo vs. Bivol fight stands out among other great fights Hahn has for 2022 because the outcome was so unexpected.
Entering the contest, Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) beats undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Vivol (21-0, 11 KOs) and submits as he did when he won was assumed. With 168 the previous year, he won four titles and became the undisputed super middleweight champion.
Bivol took advantage of Canelo’s injured left hand and poor planning of the game plan needed to win against this type of opponent to upset Applekart.
Hahn definitely put up some great fights in 2022, but mostly won by A-side fighters.
It was a rare occasion when you were upset. For example, Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over Anthony his Joshua cannot be called an upset in the August rematch.
“Yeah, Canelo Vivol, when I look back and start thinking about it now, Why didn’t people give Dmitry Bivol more chances? Why did Canelo fight Dmitry Bivol? ‘” Eddie Hearn told Matchroom Boxing, explaining that he will be competing in 2022 in Las Vegas between bearish WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and former four-division world champion Saul Canelo Alvarez. We looked back at arguably the best event that has ever promoted.
“The answer is because he wants a challenge. He became undisputed at 168 [in 2021]He wanted to challenge himself. And he probably chewed more than he could chew.
I disagree with Hahn’s theory as to why Canelo chose to fight Bivol. It is generally believed that Canelo increased his 175 points to ease the heat of fans wanting a match between David and his Benavidez.
Canelo’s decision to move up to light heavyweight to challenge Bivol and fight for the WBA belt was essentially a move to avoid a dangerous fight with Benavidez, and it’s a big deal for the red-haired Mexican superstar. It is likely to have a tragic end.
“Dmitry Bivol has long been considered a secret, but an incredibly talented fighter who was screaming for the opportunity. He got it that night and shocked the world. said Hahn.
“He didn’t shock everyone, but he shocked the public by beating pound for pound number one and that was the real start of Dmitry Bivol’s career. .
“I’ve been to Las Vegas, one as a kid, two when my dad promoted some shows, and three as a B-side promoter. I always arrive at the MGM lobby When I saw the fighter jets, I was like, “Wow, that’s unbelievable.”
“I’m walking down the Strip and I’m seeing Matchroom and Canelo and Bivol on the Strip. I didn’t think this was what British promoters would do, so I didn’t expect them to get there. They were America.” I don’t have a TV contract with.
“They’re not promoting pound-for-pound number one, America’s biggest star. It’s a great relationship for us. Having a mega night in Las Vegas is a great moment for any promoter.” Canelo vs. Biborg will be remembered as one of those nights as it is recognized as one of the biggest upsets of the year,” Hahn said.
“We played the three biggest matches in America this year. Taylor-Serrano, Canelo-Bivol, Canelo-GGG. Sometimes there are people who try to downplay what we are doing, they are afraid of what we are doing.
“They are afraid of what we have done and they are afraid of what we are going to do. But we know what we have done. We were there at night, we were there for Canelo-GGG, we were there for Taylor-Serrano., Chocolatito-Estrada and all the other events we’re going through.” said Hearn.