Dmitry Bivol sees right through Canelo Alvarez's excuses following his loss against him last May. To cut down on Canelo's excuses, Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) claims he's still willing to fight him at 168 pounds to help him with the weight.
If Bivol drops to 168, Canelo won't have to face a significantly bigger opponent.
Aside from the slew of excuses, what astonished Bivol is that Canelo has yet to execute the rematch against him. He expected to, but Canelo instead chose to fight Gennady Golovkin last September.
Canelo opted to have wrist surgery after that fight, and as a result, he now wants a tune-up in May. He's considering a rematch with Bivol in September of next year, but it's unclear whether that will happen.
When asked upon if he wants to face Canelo next Bivol responded “I don’t know. I’m resting now,” said Dmitry Bivol to media when asked if Canelo Alvarez is next for him. “We will see. I don’t know.
“First, he said, it’s not his weight class. Then he said, ‘It’s not good camp.’ Now he says it was his arm,” said Bivol about Canelo’s excuses for his loss last May against him. What I can say?”
“He has his number. I love Canelo, but Bivol already has his number in terms of the way he fights,” said Nonito Donaire, warning Canelo.
“The way he fights and the style is pretty much the same. The way he’s coming in confidently, you can’t deny what he’s done,” said Donaire about Bivol.
“If I train hard and everything is good in my camp, I believe in my skills that I can beat everyone at light heavyweight,” said Bivol.
“I hope. I should,” said Bivol when told that he’ll defeat IBF, WBC & WBO light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev. “I believe in myself.
Anything is possible if Canelo's tune-up fight in May goes poorly. You'd think the rematch with Bivol would be pushed back even farther, potentially into 2024.