Via Sean Jones: Canelo Alvarez assured Eddie Hearn that he “will NOT lose” rematch with Dmitry Bivol, and he insists on fighting him again.
Former four-time world champion Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) may be in denial following the way he was beaten A to B by Bivol last Saturday night in front of a crowd of people. Shocked fans at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Hearn said he told him about the possibility of losing “Turn back” fight WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) if he insists on a rematch with him.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn may want to make sure Canelo doesn’t ruin his career by losing to a boxer he has little chance of beating.
With big dough that’s available to Canelo in bouts with Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo and David Benavidez, it’s crazy for him to risk all that money against a boxer who has proven he has his numbers.
Canelo is struggling in the face of a loss, and that’s quite understandable given that he was hit in a much more shameful and punitive way than his first career loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.
In the loss to Floyd, Canelo was exhausted after three rounds, and his face was not severely swollen at the last minute. Furthermore, Canelo ended up strong against Mayweather, causing him to run away.
It was a different story for Canelo against Bivol last Saturday night, nailed to four consecutive punches throughout the night.
Perhaps the worst of all came in the fifth round when Bivol exploded with a seven-punch combo that made Canelo look like a tit-for-tat partner against a world champion.
“He was gutted, devastated, and I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘I want a rematch with Bivol. I know I can beat him“, Eddie Hearn told iFL TV about his conversation with Canelo Alvarez last Sunday on the golf course after his loss to Dmitry Bivol.
“’Obviously you’re right because consecutive defeats for Saul Canelo Alvarez is not a pretty look.’ ‘No no no, I won’t lose again“Hearn continued about the conversation he had with Canelo the day after the defeat to Bivol.
That is [Canelo vs. Golovkin] It’s a big fight, as well as a rematch, and we will sit down with Dmitry Bivol’s team because we need to plan for his future as well as with Vadim. [Kornilov] and World of Boxing.
“If we have a temporary war for Saul, we will have a temporary war for Bivol.
“I think Eddy Reynoso has done enough to prove himself over the last few years as the best coach in the world. I guess one of the criticisms is that plan A doesn’t work [for Canelo]. How do you need to convert it?
“People are always looking for excuses rather than saying, ‘Dmitry Bivol is brilliant.’ He boxed very smartly and was very disciplined for 12 innings,” Hearn said.