Dmitry Bivol won’t be waiting around for his next fight.
Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, said that if Canelo Alvarez doesn’t trigger his rematch clause, Bivol will look to face the winner of the June 18 light heavyweight unification fight between champions Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr.
After the loss on Saturday, Alvarez said he would go for a rematch. Later on Twitter, he re-emphasized that fact.
But there’s yet to be an official report that it’s actually happening.
“There’s no deadline. Right now, it’s just vacation,” Kornilov told Fighthype when asked if Alvarez has a deadline.
“Our goal is to get some rest, all of us. It’s been a stressful month for us. There are a lot of things to go through. He can make his plans and figure out what he [Canelo] wants to do.
Bivol replied to Alvarez’s desire for a rematch and said he’s open to it as long as it further secures him a shot at becoming the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
When Beterbiev and Smith meet in June at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, the two will be putting their respective titles on the line; Beterbiev’s IBF and WBC titles and then Smith’s WBO belt.
Bivol’s WBA belt is the last strap that an undisputed champion would need in the light heavyweight division.