Canelo Alvarez, Dmitry Bivol Might Fight In Non-Title Fight
Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol are all set to fight on May 7 but it might not involve Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight title. It all depends on whether WBA enforces sanctions or not, according to Boxing Scene.
Regardless of WBA’s clear stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the status of the card headlined by Alvarez and Bivol won’t change.
As long as the Russian incursion continues in Ukraine, these sanctioning organizations will handle all the championship matches that involve Russian boxers. The WBA announced Monday that Russian and Belarusian boxers won’t be allowed to enter the ring with their flag, the national anthem won’t be played and the boxers’ country won’t be named.
Bivol was born in Kyrgyzstan, but long resided in St. Petersburg, Russia. His parents moved there when he was 11 years old.
Bivol arrived in Southern California on Wednesday for a press conference and an official launch of the promotion of his fight against the Mexican boxer. He will stay and train in Indio, California.
There, Bivol said he’s sad about what’s happening with his home country.
“I have a lot of friends in Ukraine,” Bivol said at the kickoff news conference to promote the fight. “I have a lot of friends in Russia. My family is in Russia.”
“It’s really sad for me,” he said. “Every day I wake up and read the news and I hope it will stop.”
Alvarez and the Russian boxer will have a 12-round fight.
Canelo preferred Bivol as his opponent over WBC middleweight Jermall Charlo.
If Alvarez defeats Bivol in this fight, then he is expected to face rival Gennadiy Golovkin for the third time on September 17.
This would be another high-profile fight but for this to happen, Kazakhstan’s Golovkin also needs to beat Japan’s Ryota Murata in a middleweight title unification fight. A win in this fight will keep Golovkin’s name in place to fight with Alvarez.