Bivol Dismisses Rematch: “I Beat Canelo; Now I Have To Move Forward”

Bivol Says Canelo is Yesterday's News

Dmitry Bivol defeats Canelo Alvarez
Dmitry Bivol defeats Saul "Canelo" Alvarez | Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing, Getty Images, DAZN

Dmitry Bivol Says a Rematch with Canelo Alvarez is Unnecessary


There is no doubt that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s (57-2-2, 39 KO’s) loss to super WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KO’s) was a bitter pill to swallow. When the undisputed champion hopped up in weight, he was self-assured that he’d topple the good natured, but highly talented Kyrgyzstani fighter. Instead, he was out-foxed and out-boxed en route to a unanimous decision loss.

For such a high-profile boxer and prideful individual, this had to be a sizable blow to his ego. Now, in a recent media roundtable, Bivol inadvertently twisted the knife a little bit more. When repeatedly questioned about his thoughts on Canelo and a potential future fight, the light heavyweight champion had to admit that the redhead was not all that important to him.

“I have my own road, I beat him. Now I am glad, [but] I have to move forward. I don’t need this fight against Canelo. Maybe to earn money, but it’s not the main thing in my head…of course money is one of the main things, but it’s the not main [thing], you know? If I think about only money, I wouldn’t be here. And for this fight I earned the same money like against Canelo.”

AND THE BEAT GOES ON

Canelo does have a rematch clause that he could still activate. He could have already done so by now. Instead, the Mexican opted to take on aged unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to complete their largely irrelevant trilogy. Likewise, Bivol is slated to go to war against Gilberto Ramirez on November 5.

Provided that Bivol wins, the redhead says he still hungers for a shot at revenge. Yet, we all now know that the WBA champion is hardly thinking about Canelo in the first place. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how this layered situation plays itself out.

By: Bakari Simpson

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