The three judges had the same score, 115-113, seven rounds to five.
“I proved myself today,” Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) said.
Canelo gave no excuses,
“You have to accept it,” he said. “It’s boxing. He’s a great champion. Sometimes in boxing you win, sometimes you lose. No excuses. I lost today and he won.”
“He’s a really good fighter. He comes in, goes out. I also felt his power. … I felt like maybe I did enough to win the fight but that’s boxing.”