Via Jim Calfa: Athlete Eddie Hearn said that unless Canelo Alvarez says otherwise, a rematch against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol will take place on September 17.
It was the originally scheduled date for Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) to face Gennadiy Golovkin in their trio match, but the Mexico star’s loss to Bivol last Saturday night did change that plan.
Hearn says Canelo still needs “trigger“The rematch clause in his contract with Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) makes the second match a reality on September 17, but he told the media last Saturday that it’s the next match he’ll be in.
Despite Canelo’s 4:1 favorite, Bivol pretty easily beat him by unanimous decision 12 rounds in the main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scores are 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113. However, besides no one agrees with the score given by the Nevada judging team, believing the match deserves a score in favor of 118-110 or 119-109.
Most fans agree that Canelo looks tired, sluggish, and incapable of matching Bivol’s pace of work.
Canelo vs. rematch. Bivol on September 17
“Saul will trigger the rematch if he wants to do it,” said Eddie Hearn iFL TV. “I said before the war that Saul was fighting his own battles. It’s quite strange. He’s not entitled at 175, but he does it for tough challenges.
“The question is now, do you want a rematch with Dmitry Bivol or move and defend your 168 titles?” tells Hearn about Canelo. “I think he’s going to want a rematch because I know what he’s like personally, and it’s a huge fight.
“We’ll see what happens, and if he wants to trigger that rematch clause, we’ll make that happen on September 17.
“I think that’s too disrespectful to Dmitry Bivol,” Hearn said when asked if he was ‘overwhelmed by Canelo’s performance’. “At times, Canelo looked a bit tired and pale. Is it because he is already 175 years old or for some other reason. But don’t ignore what Dmitry Bivol did.
“He’s a perfect punch, perfect legs; The engine is amazing. So instead of talking about whether Saul canned well or not, you have to give Dmitry all the credit. He was just unbelievable,” Hearn said.
Bivol open for rematch
“First of all, my dream is to be the undisputed champion. I had this opportunity to play against the best,” said Dmitry Bivol when asked about his thoughts on Canelo Alvarez wanting a rematch with him.
Bivol continued: “I have entered this fight about taking chances, that is all I care about and I appreciate the opportunity that has been presented to me.
“Now my goal is to get what I deserve. If the rematch is coming, then I want to get what I deserve because I don’t think in the fight as champion I got what I deserved,” Bivol said.