The rematch is on! Canelo Alvarez insists he desires to battle Dmitry Bivol once more regardless of being outclassed as he fell to a shock unanimous choice in Vegas… and the Russian – who retained his WBA (Tremendous) light-heavyweight belt – says ‘no downside’
It was Canelo who got here into the bout because the overwhelming favorite, having blasted his manner by way of the super-middleweight division to turn out to be undisputed champion final yr, however the job towards Bivol proved a step too far on the T-Cell Enviornment.
Bivol retained his WBA (Tremendous) light-heavyweight belt with the victory, remaining undefeated and shifting to 20-0 within the course of, whereas Canelo suffered simply the second defeat of his profession.
Dmitry Bivol turned an in a single day star as he defeated Canelo Alvarez on factors in Las Vegas
Each he and Canelo insisted they wish to battle once more instantly after the shock end result
Canelo (57-2-2) endured a extremely irritating night, with the hard-hitting Mexican unable to make an impression all through, touchdown simply 82 punches to Bivol’s 154.
The Russian, who carried a big top and attain benefit, confirmed quintessential self-discipline as he caught to the sport plan all through, working behind the jab as he out-hustled an ever-tiring Canelo from the off.
His knowledgeable fundamentals – crafted all through a stellar novice profession – proved too good for Canelo on the night time. Besides, the already established Corridor of Famer – whereas remaining gracious in defeat – insisted he desires one other shot.
‘He is a fantastic champion,’ Canelo mentioned of Bivol within the ring after the battle. ‘Generally in boxing, you win. Generally you lose. Not making excuses. I misplaced immediately and he received.’
‘He is a very good fighter. He is a fighter that is available in and comes out. I additionally felt his energy. I believe it was good battle. I felt like I possibly did sufficient to win the battle however that is boxing.’
‘In fact I [want a rematch],’ he concluded. ‘This does not finish like this.’
Bivol celebrated after staying unbeaten as he retained his WBA (Tremendous) light-heavyweight belt
He was relentless behind the jab all through, out-landing Canelo by 154 to 82 punches
The battle completed with Canelo pinned on the ropes, the place he spent a big portion of the bout
A direct rematch towards Bivol was definitely not a part of the script, nevertheless, with pre-fight plans to tackle Gennady Golovkin for a 3rd time in September, earlier than a possible London debut in December.
Additionally on the agenda was an undisputed showdown towards both Artur Beterbiev or Joe Smith Jr – the holders of the remaining belts at 175lbs – who’re set to battle in an enormous unification bout in June.
These plans are actually on maintain, although, with Bivol – who admitted he was sorry for disrupting Canelo’s newest path to undisputed – agreeing to a second bout.
‘I am sorry I ruined your plans [for a fall trilogy fight against] Gennadiy Golovkin, possibly,’ Bivol mentioned.
Bivol insisted he would battle Canelo once more in what could be a monumental rematch
‘Congrats to [Canelo], he is a fantastic champion and I respect him. However in the event you do not consider in your self, what do you do? You will not obtain something. I consider and my crew believes.’
‘I felt his energy. As you possibly can see from my arm, he beat my arm up however not my head,’ Bivol continued. ‘It is higher. He had a superb velocity and energy. Perhaps his mistake was he threw solely laborious punches. After laborious punches, he relaxed and drained.
‘I used to be feeling nice. This was the most important battle of my profession and I loved this battle. When the individuals booed me, it gave me extra power.’
‘A rematch? No downside. Let’s discuss a rematch,’ Bivol added. ‘I took this battle as a result of I simply wished the chance and I recognize the chance. I’m prepared for the rematch, I simply wish to be sure I win and am handled like a champion now.’
A trilogy bout towards Gennady Golovkin was set for September however will now doubtless have to attend