Canelo Alvarez hopes to avenge his loss to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol by fighting him again next May.
Alvarez's surgically repaired left wrist is being rehabbed, and his training is going well so far.
He is confident that he will be able to return to the ring for two fights in 2023, beginning with a rematch with the unbeaten Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) in May, followed by a potentially crucial clash in September.
Canelo's rematch with Bivol is crucial because he wants to show the boxing world that his poor performance last May was due to injuries to his left wrist and shoulder, which prevented him from training as much as he needed.
Bivol has risen to prominence as a result of his victories over Canelo and Gilberto Ramirez. With Bivol's newfound popularity, a rematch between him and Canelo could generate a large number of DAZN pay-per-view purchases. It'll be a much bigger battle than the first time.
"My scars are already closed. I'm doing my therapy very well, so I think it won't stop me so much," he said to bet365. "My fights are always in May or September. I think I'll be ready for May again."
The only way the Canelo-Bivol rematch does not happen is if Bivol wins the undisputed title fight against unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev. A rematch with Bivol, whether in May or later in the summer, is the most logical next step for Alvarez.
When Bivol first faced Canelo, he won decisively and was the stronger of the two fighters. Alvarez's defeat was only his second as a professional, so if given the chance, he'd like to set the record straight.
Bivol's availability should be no problem as well. The unbeaten Russian defeated Gilberto Ramirez on November 5 and has nothing set in stone for 2023.