Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) relied on his defence and precision striking to pull the upset through unanimous decision inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

"I'm sorry if I destroyed your plans [for a fall trilogy fight with] Gennadiy Golovkin," Bivol stated. "Congratulations to [Alvarez], he's a terrific champion who I like."

The most of the damage done by Alvarez was to Bivol's left shoulder and arm, which he held strong behind his high guard.

"Another match?" No worries. Let's discuss a rematch," Bivol suggested. "I chose this battle because I wanted the chance, and I appreciate the chance."