Canelo: “I Only Want To Fight Bivol If He Wins Against Ramirez”

Canelo Disinterested in Bivol Rematch if Zurdo Takes his Belt

Canelo Alvarez only wants Dmitry Bivol fight if he beats Gilberto Ramirez
(clockwise from left) Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol, Gilberto Ramirez | Credit: AP

Canelo Alvarez Stipulates Dmitry Bivol Stays Undefeated to Get the Rematch


When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KO’s) first lost to Super WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KO’s), the redhead had a hard time accepting the loss. One only could imagine he wanted to run the fight right back. Instead though, the Mexican undisputed super middleweight champion proceeded with the original plan.

That ‘original plan’ called for Canelo to follow through on his two-fight deal that culminated in the third installment of his trilogy with IBF and WBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Despite Canelo himself not seeing a need or possessing a desire for the fight in the first place, here we are.

Provided that Alvarez handles his business with Golovkin however, he still would love to get a shot at Bivol again. Well, he will fight him, as he told Fight Hype, if and only if Bivol wins his next prizefight with Gilberto Ramirez. Minus that stipulation, the freckled-face Mexican is totally on board with getting his shot at revenge.

“If he lost, no…if Bivol wins, then I want to fight him.”

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For his own good perhaps, it may be better for Canelo’s pride and reputation, if his countryman Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez did prevail in battle. This is due to it appearing that Bivol just may have Alvarez’s number. If so, and Alvarez lost a second time in convincing fashion, it becomes awfully hard to keep viewing him as the present day monster that he is touted to be.

Even the leap in weight can’t be used as an easy out. Significantly prior to getting outclassed by the Kyrgyzstani boxer, Canelo stomped out Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev was the WBO light heavyweight champion at the time of his near beheading. The Mexican was even flirting with the idea of challenging WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. He probably would have too, if the boxing public didn’t have the globally coordinated epileptic fit that it did! Seeing the troubled waters, Alvarez’s handlers handed him a contract for Bivol and Golovkin. Now, here we are.

So let’s see what happens in both their next fights. If fortune shines on them both, then perhaps Alvarez can prove why he is held up as the sport’s current poster boy. Or, will Bivol send him back to 168 with his head hung low and branded with a third loss? Whichever way these many moving parts shake out, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the aftermath.

By: Bakari Simpson

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