Canelo Alvarez Wants Rematch with Dmitriy Bivol at Light Heavyweight Division's Limit
Canelo Alvarez recently announced his desire for a rematch with undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion, Dmitriy Bivol, to be contested at the light heavyweight division's limit, just like their first fight. Despite promoter Eddie Hearn and Bivol's manager, Vadim Kornilov, discussing a super middleweight division bout that would allow Bivol an opportunity to become the undisputed 168-pound champion, Alvarez is worried that his detractors wouldn't give him the credit he deserves for beating Bivol if the latter drops down seven pounds for their rematch.
During an open workout at his gym in San Diego, Alvarez explained that he is concerned about critics who would say he won because he brought Bivol down in weight. He pointed out that no one complained when he moved up in weight to challenge Kovalev and win the light heavyweight title. Last May, Alvarez challenged Bivol at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where the Russian outboxed Alvarez and won their 12-round fight unanimously.
Alvarez did not exercise his contractual right to an immediate rematch after the loss to Bivol. Instead, he won a 12-round, 168-pound championship match against rival Gennadiy Golovkin in his most recent appearance. Despite the setback, Alvarez is expected to face Bivol again in September if he defeats John Ryder in his upcoming bout at a sold-out Akron Stadium in Zapopan, Mexico.
Alvarez is scheduled to defend his IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO super middleweight titles against England's Ryder, who is the mandatory challenger for Alvarez's WBO belt. DAZN will stream Alvarez-Ryder as the main event of a pay-per-view show in the United States, with DAZN subscribers able to purchase the show for $59.99 and a one-month subscription, while cable and satellite companies offer the card for $79.99.
In conclusion, Alvarez's desire for a rematch with Bivol at the light heavyweight division's limit is understandable. He does not want any excuses made if he beats Bivol, and his concerns about critics are legitimate. Alvarez is looking to make a statement with a win against Ryder before his highly anticipated rematch with Bivol, where he hopes to come out victorious and cement his status as one of the best boxers of all time.