Canelo Alvarez Targeting a Do-Over with Dmitry Bivol at 175
Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (58-2-2, 39KO) is not looking past the upcoming battle with WBO mandatory challenger John Ryder. However, he still has the desire to rematch WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11KO).
Canelo suffered the second defeat of his career against Bivol in a light heavyweight showdown in May 2022. There is a rematch clause that the Mexican undisputed champion has been holding in his back pocket. Instead of activating the clause right away, Team Alvarez picked up a victory in a trilogy against two-time unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Looking to fight on the traditional Cinco de Mayo weekend, he will be returning to his home country of Mexico for a title defense against Ryder. However, he wants the fans to know the intent is still to fight Bivol.
CANELO WANTS TO REMATCH BIVOL AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
During an interview with Fight Hub TV, Alvarez made it clear the goal for this year is the Bivol rematch.
“Obviously everybody knows right – the rematch with Bivol is my goal, but we’ll see. At the end of the day, we need to pass this fight first and then start talking about the fight with Bivol.”
There was speculation that he would try to make Bivol come down to super middleweight for the rematch. Well, boxing fans will be shocked to hear Alvarez wants to do it again at light heavyweight. Boxing’s biggest earner gave a very valid reason for wanting to run it back at the higher weight.
“I feel I need to do it on those terms.”