WBA To Sanction Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol Bout Despite Objections
In one of the biggest blockbusters, Canelo Alvarez (56-2-1) looks to take on Dimitry Bivol (19-0-0) for a light heavyweight bout.
After months of speculation, considering the objections the WBA faced, it seems like the authority has made up its mind when it comes to this potential fight.
The WBA has given the green signal for the fight to go as scheduled for May. A lot was said that the fight shouldn’t take place considering the war between Ukraine and Russia.
However, Gilberto Mendoza, the WBA president, said that the fight will take place on May 7 in Las Vegas. The battle will be for the “Super” 175 lb world title on Monday.
“We are extremely helpless and sad with the developments in Ukraine. Having said that, we are also very proud of how our former and current champions, such as the Klitschkos, Usyk, Postol, and Lomachenko, are fighting for their lives and the future of their country,” Mendoza explained.
“We also respect the opinion of Wladimir Klitschko, who wants WBA to stop sanctioning fights between Russian boxers until the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. Specifically, he has mentioned that WBA shouldn’t sanction the upcoming fight between Alverez and Bivol.”
Canelo is likely to bag a hefty paycheck when he makes his ring return to fight the unbeaten, Bivol.
In a separate development, there is an argument that the Russian doesn’t like the situation in his home country, but cannot speak in public because he has concerns about the health and security of his family.