Is Canelo-Bivol A Possibility?
The middleweight divison of boxing has seen an increase by callouts of those not within the division. One of the top stars getting most of the attention has been Canelo Alvarez. Those who have called him out? Members of a division that was invaded by the middleweight king.
Dmitry Bivol is ready for the next stop of his career. The 29-year-old recently called out Canelo via his camp. He is willing to drop down in weight.
“I’ve said now for over a year that I’m ready, willing and able to move down to super middleweight and fight Canelo,” Bivol stated, via Forbes. “I have been training throughout the COVID-19 crisis and have watched on social media that Canelo has as well.”
Canelo (53-1-2) last fought in November, beating Sergey Kovalev via knockout for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. It was hist first title within the division after dominating middleweight. He then relinquished the belt to remain focused on middleweight. Since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, Canelo is 11-0-1. Rumored to be facing Billy Joe Saunders before the summer, a trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin has been discussed for September.
Bivol (17-0) made his pro debut in 2014. In 2018 he started facing major competition in the form of Sullivan Barrera. The current WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion has defended the belt six times since being promoted. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Gilbert Lenin Castillo in October. The Russian believes he is ready for Canelo.
“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,” Bivol continued. “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.”