Dmitry Bivol Targets Canelo Alvarez, Reasons 168 Pound Move
The WBA light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol has identified Mexican Boxing star Canelo Alvarez, (53-1-2, 38 KOs), as a primary target and will go to any length, including dropping down to super middleweight to make the fight happen.
“I’ve said now for over a year that I’m ready, willing and able to move down to super middleweight and fight Canelo,” said Bivol. “I have been training throughout the COVID-19 crisis and have watched on social media that Canelo has as well.”
“I know that my team and Golden Boy Promotions have discussed this option and we are willing to make the fight on very reasonable financial terms. My team understands that unlike many other opponents my goal is not the payday but to face the best in boxing today. I know I can beat him and the real rewards will come after this fight.”
Bivol’s Manager, Vadim Bivol said he and his team will be ready to sit and work out a reasonable deal, at least better than the what Canelo got in his recent fights to make it happen. However , despite the support by DAZN and his handlers, Canelo doesn’t seem to entertain the idea.
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Canelo is also on the DAZN network and a fight between the pound for pound star and Bivol should be easier to make. However, it remains to be seen, if the Mexico’s ready to make fight with available Champions on the same network or out cherry picking champions on their way out.
“We are willing to work out a much more reasonable deal than what was paid to Canelo’s recent opponents to make this fight. For Dmitry it’s more about the opportunity to dethrone one of the very best fighters in the world”. said Vadim Bival
“I have heard that DAZN and all other parties involved are supportive of this fight, but whenever the name is brought up to Canelo, he says he would never do it, however I don’t know how much truth there is to this. It would be great to know if he is ready to fight other top champions in his division that are on the same network and are ready to make a simple and appropriate deal as there are not that many of them. I strongly believe that Dmitry Bivol at Super Middleweight is the toughest test for Canelo.”
Andrei Ryabinsky, head of World of Boxing believes that the fight will definitely happen as Bivol is ready to face anybody at the top right now which is where Canelo resides at the moment and also the fact that, Fans will like to see the 30 year old get tested in the boxing ring.
“Dmitry wants to fight the best and Canelo is all the way at the top of that list right now. This fight will have to happen sooner or later, the fans want to see a fight where Canelo will really be tested.”
Dmitry Bivol, who has defended his WBA light heavyweight title six times since winning the title in 2017, totally dominated Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jr., winning every round en route to a unanimous decision. The two fighters have since moved on from their losses to Bivol with breathtaking victories over top contenders Marcus Brown, Badou Jack, and Jesse Hart.