Canelo Explains Why The Bivol Rematch Failed

Canelo Alvarez has opened up on why the rematch with Dmitry Bivol broke down. 

Alvarez suffered a comprehensive defeat to Bivol at light heavyweight, as he was outboxed and bullied to a unanimous-decision loss.

In the aftermath of the defeat, Canelo underwent surgery on his wrist, which played into the narrative that he was not 100 percent for the fight.

Therefore, there was a need to run things back. However, according to reports, there were disagreements over the terms of the rematch.

Canelo had allegedly wanted to run things back at 175 pounds, so Bivol would not have any excuses if he did avenge the defeat.

Meanwhile, Bivol was keen on facing Canelo at 168 pounds for all of his belts since facing Alvarez at 175 offered no incentive. 

Those hurdles could not be overcome, as Alvarez felt Bivol made too many demands. 

“I tried. I tried, but he started asking for things, making everything hard,” said Canelo about him supposedly trying to make the rematch with Bivol.

“Then I thought the best option was to move [on] and start working with PBC. I’d like to have that rematch, but right now we can’t do that,” Alvarez

Nevertheless, the victory made Bivol the A-side, giving him the right to call the shots. While Canelo has not ruled out a rematch, at the age of 33, expecting him to move up once again may be out of his reach.

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