Shakhram Giyasov and Christian Gomez will face off for the IBF North American Welterweight title when Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 7, live on DAZN, excluding Latin America and Mexico. In the US and Canada, the event will be held Exclusively on DAZN Pay per view (PPV).
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Giyasov (12-0 9 KOs) moved up to Welterweight for the match and aimed for an immediate impact. The 28-year-old has been ranked #7 with the WBA and #10 with IBF with 140lbs but took his first steps with his eyes on the 147lbs with a 10-round win in his native Uzbekistan in December. There, ‘Wonder Boy’ earned the high seed with the governing bodies with explosive performance, winning the WBA International Championship in the Ultralight back in April 2019 and knocking out the former World Champion. Darleys Perez in one round and Patricio Moreno in three last April.
The Uzbek star faces an objective test of his credentials at 147lbs in the form of dangerous Gomez (22-2-1 20 KOs), the high-profile Mexican aiming to use the Canelo’s fans to shout at him to win. Gomez, also 28, was looking for a breakout match and landed it at the Cinco De Mayo weekend in no small part thanks to an eye-catching KO streak that spanned six competitions through August 2019, with two of them. It was the victory that went to the card Canelo in Texas.
With 29 of their 34 overall wins in the distance ring, fans can expect an intense battle between the pair. There’s an added spice as both men are connected to the main blockbuster event, with Gomez being part of the Clase Y Talento team hosted by Canelo’s coach and manager Eddy Reynoso, and Giyasov trained with Bivol in California.
“I am honored to participate in this event,” said Giyasov. “For me, both Canelo and Bivol are legendary champions, but I believe in Bivol’s victory, we are on the same team, and we train together.
“This is a new chapter in my career as it will be my first fight at Welterweight, and I hope to give my best for all the fans!”
“My game on May 7th, we have a tough opponent, but we’re preparing and training really hard,” Gomez said. “We are coming up with everything. Thank you to those who always support me. We came to win, God willing. ”
“This is a great addition to what promises to be a night of action in Las Vegas,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Shakhram is looking to make some noise at Welterweight, but with the Mexican fans behind him, Christian will be a major threat to Wonder Boy’s plans – don’t blink your eyes on this fight, for both of them. Men all carry great power and can end this in an instant. ”
Giyasov and Gomez clash in an epic night of action, headed by Canelo Alvarez looking to become a two-time light-heavyweight champion by taking Dmitry Bivol’s WBA belt.
Emerging super-lightweight talent Montana Love meets Gabriel Valenzuela in a thrilling fight at 140lbs, while undefeated heavyweight Filip Hrgovic and Zhilei Zhang meet in a final elimination match for the required spot. for the IBF crown.