Via Huck Allan: Eddie Hearn predicts Dmitry Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) will be 20 lbs more than Canelo Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) by the time the two boxers enter the ring Saturday night at Gym T -Mobile in Las Vegas.
Hearn believes Canelo will only rehydrate a few pounds down to 177 or 178, while Bivol will be in the 190s at the time of the fight.
If that happens, Canelo will have a real fight on his hands, mostly if this is the Bivol-like version we saw beating Sullivan Barrera, Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jr.
Canelo, 31, asked for the fight against Bivol, and now he’s got it. The Mexican star could live to regret Saturday night when he pitted Russian boxer Bivol in the main event of their fight on DAZN PPV.
Canelo had a successful test run at 175 in 2019, beating tired old warhorse Sergey Kovalev by knockout in the 11th round, but it was a boxer at the end of the rope.
Kovalev is close to the level where Bivol is fighting right now, and Canelo may have made a mistake in this fight.
“When considering the committee, he looks small compared to Dmitry Bivol, but this is what he wants. He wanted to accept himself to be tested,” Eddie Hearn told Against TV Hub about the fact that Canelo Alvarez is a significantly smaller boxer than WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
“You can’t put Canelo in a normal fight at a normal weight because he’s so good, so he has to step up and take on these challenges,” Hearn continued. “Bivol will weigh more than 20 lbs.
“Bivol is too cold. He is in excellent condition. Honestly, this is going to be an unbelievable fight tomorrow night. It’s 100 degrees, and there are thousands of people here.
“He is [Canelo] A man of the people, he is a hero of the people, and the Cinco de Mayo weekend was really important to him. He’ll be ready for a gig tomorrow.
“I was really impressed with him,” Hearn said of Bivol. “Getting up there on stage, it’s not easy. His English is not very good, but he is calm and speaks in English.
“He is ready, and he has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I think he feels like a much greater person,” Hearn said of Bivol. “No, because I think everyone in the boxing world knows how good Dmitry Bivol is,” Hearn said when asked if he was surprised how many people thought Bivol could win.
“For the casual fan, they say Canelo can’t be beat, but anyone who knows boxing knows this is a very, very hard fight. 50-50? It’s hard to say that about Canelo Alvarez, but probably one of the best games of his career to date,” Hearn said.