Via Matt Lieberman: Promoter Eddie Hearn said that fans felt that Canelo Alvarez had lost his mind and made the mistake of wanting a rematch with Dmitry Bivol next.
People treat the rematch like the first, with WBA lightweight champion Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) dominating every round, making him look bad.
Bivol will probably KO Canelo this time because he saw his vulnerability the last time they fought.
Invincible Bivol could have easily stopped Canelo in the fifth round of their match last May when he unleashed a series of seven punches that sent the Mexican star close to being knocked out.
To his surprise, Bivol showed mercy on Canelo, backing down and letting him live. Then, Bivol swooped down, knocking out Canelo with punches whenever he wanted and blocking his retaliatory blow.
Fans wanted Canelo (59-2-2, 39 KOs) to finally hit the shot for David Benavidez because he did what was asked by defeating Caleb Plant to win the match.
It wasn’t fair to Benavidez that he did what Canelo asked him to do to get him to play his shot, but he still didn’t get the match.
If there is any doubt that Alvarez is afraid of Benavidez, it is the fact that he repeatedly avoids him and decides to rematch with Bivol that he must know he cannot win.
Canelo has a tougher decision against Bivol
“I asked him about it and he said he felt wary of throwing that backhand in the first place without question, but he did it a little bit later. You worked a lot in the Canelo fight. How does he look compared to some of his previous matches?” Chris Mannix said to boxing DAZN.
“I think he looks good. I look back on Callum Smith’s performance [in 2020], and I think it’s a similar performance to Callum Smith’s win,” said Eddie Hearn. “He dominated most of the innings, but he couldn’t get him out of there.
“Perhaps he was a bit disappointed towards the end of the game. Coming back from injury and back after a mediocre year for Canelo Alvarez, but especially the surgery.
Hearn said: “He will be happy to get twelve innings in the bank and a much tougher task against Dmitry Bivol if we can cross the line.
“You say, ‘Can you cross that line.’ What’s your first move on Monday morning? Mannix said.
“We are talking nonstop. I understand everyone’s position. Dmitry Bivol wants to challenge for the 168-pound championship, but at the same time, Canelo Alvarez is only interested in beating Dmitry Bivol on the same terms because he believes he will only be credited on those terms.” Hearn said.
“I also agree with him, but I understand Dmitry’s point of view. In fact, with [Artur] Beterbiev fighting impossible, that [Canelo] was the biggest fight in a mile for Dmitry Bivol. I hope he accepts the challenge.
Alvarez yearns for revenge
“Canelo Alvarez gave him a chance. This time, it’s almost like Dmitry Bivol giving Canelo a chance. He is desperate for revenge; he’s the ultimate opponent,” Hearn said of Canelo. “Most people think Canelo is crazy.
“It was a solid performance tonight, but people would consider him an outsider against Dmitry Bivol at 175 pounds,” Hearn said.
“Watching Canelo perform tonight, he’s still at a very high level, but I don’t see a guy where I say, ‘That guy’s definitely going to beat Dmitry Bivol,’” Mannix said. “Do you advise him to join that fight?”
“Listen, I don’t recommend anything. I was told by Canelo what to do and [manager/trainer] Eddy Reynoso,” Hearn said. “I don’t like in boxing how people criticize a decision like that because it was ‘too tough a match.’ Isn’t that what we want? Tonight is a mandatory defense [for Canelo against Ryder].”
Losing is eating away at Canelo
“He won most of the rounds. He wants to step up. What other match in the world would you see with Canelo Alvarez in the underdog and the underdog at 175 pounds? So we needed to give this guy props,” Hearn said. “You saw the stadium tonight. You saw that scene.
“He doesn’t need to fight Dmitry Bivol. He never needed to fight him in the first place, but he lost, and it eats away at him every dayAnd we need to make it happen.
“You have worked with John Ryder for a long time. What do you think about his future? Mannix said.
“What he realized was that he was a world-class fighter. He’s not as good as Canelo Alvarez,” Hearn said. “He will believe in himself. He will wake up tomorrow to enjoy it. Enjoy mixing with a great time.
“He broke his nose in the second inning. I don’t think he’ll make it past the fifth and sixth rounds. He did. He came back in the fight and won the following innings. It was a great, brave endeavor.
“Sometimes boxers are criticized for looking for a way out. There’s no way to find any way out tonight. John Ryder has proven himself to be a world-class boxer with a lot of guts,” Hearn said.
Listen to Canelo vs. Bivol confidently happens
Mannix said: “It was great to make Dmitry Bivol fight.
“We’ll do it,” Hearn said.
“It’s competition behind the scenes. I felt that Saul was a little tired. He won the fight convincingly, but John was extremely tough. He probably didn’t believe in himself in the early game, and when he did, he hit great, but was an overwhelming performance by the undisputed champion. .”
“How surprised were you in the fifth round when John Ryder got up from the shot he made?” Mannix said.
“I know how tough he is, and [trainer] Hearn said. “You met Joe Cordina last week. These fighters are well conditioned and that’s what will get them through those moments.
“I think John needs to be as close as possible in teamfights, and when he did, he was very good and smart against Canelo Alvarez. I think Canelo looks very cynical.
“I don’t know about his hand. I kept seeing him looking down at his hands and we had to see how they were, but it was an outstanding performance,” Hearn said.