Dmitry Bivol Considering Rematch with Canelo Alvarez at Super Middleweight
After his huge upset win over current 168-pound undisputed champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39KOs) on May 7, WBA Super 175-pound champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs) has his sights on more hardware! Bivol immediately agreed to a rematch after Alvarez declared he would invoke his rematch clause.
Not much of a talker, Bivol made it clear he wants to be respected as a champion once negotiations for the rematch commence. He also reiterated his desire to drop down to the super middleweight division and fight for Alvarez’s four belts.
Bivol told Behind The Gloves the following regarding Alvarez and himself being too small for the light heavyweight division:
“His natural size is for less weight, I think, and mine too! Maybe next fight [will be] for four belts in his division, super middleweight.”
This isn’t the first time Bivol has said he’d be willing to go down to 168 to fight Alvarez. It’s clear that some concessions will have to be made to appease Bivol, whether that’s more money, a shot at undisputed at 168, or both. Regardless, Team Bivol has more leverage heading into the rematch. Considering how easily Alvarez was defeated, they’ll have to come correct.
For one, I think a lot of people would like to see Bivol get a chance at undisputed. However, I’m not so sure how Alvarez will feel about the proposal, knowing that another loss would result in him being relieved of all his titles. It’s one thing to move up in weight and lose as the challenger; it’s another to have someone come into your division and take your belts.
Regardless of what happens, 3Kings Boxing will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher