Of Brian Webber: Dmitry Bivol says he remains interested in fighting Canelo Alvarez for his four 168lb titles when they meet in a rematch next September.
After beating Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) in a one-sided defense of the WBA light heavyweight title last May, champion Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) does not see it as interesting to fight the Mexican star at 175 for the second time.
At least by dropping down to 168 to fight Canelo for his undisputed super middleweight championship, Bivol has something to gain in terms of belts instead of defending his WBA 175-lb strap again.
Canelo still has a tune-up to deal with next May against possibly John Ryder. As for Bivol, he hasn’t said who he wants to fight next, but he’s already been asked to fight at 168 of Jermall Charlo.
It’s not an interesting fight for Bivol because Charlo (32-0, 22 KO) doesn’t have a super middleweight world title.
If Bivol doesn’t take that fight, his promoter Eddie Hearn will likely encourage him to defend against the #1 WBA Joshua Buatsi next. Buatsi is not as popular as Charlo, but he is his number 1 ranked challenger for the WBA belt.
Bivol wants Canelo’s 168-lb belts
“I heard about it. People give me credit. “You should be a fighter [of the year,’” said Dmitry Bivol to ESNEWS when asked if he believes he should be ‘Fighter of the Year’ for 2022 due to his wins over Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez and Canelo Alvarez.
“I like the sound of it, but I can’t say about this object because I didn’t see all the other fights. I thought about only my career. I don’t know about all boxing. It’s hard.
“Of course,” said Bivol when asked if he’d be willing to fight Canelo Alvarez at 168 for the rematch next September. “My weight right now is 185. Maximum, 190.”
“That would give Canelo the advantageno doubt because that’s his weight class, manager Vadim Kornilov said of Bivol’s willingness to drop down to 168 to fight Canelo.
“At least it would be a challenge for Dmitry and a motivation, because if you did it again at 175, would it be interesting anymore?”
“Yes, it is interesting to fight for belts. Fighting at 168 for belts, that’s good. 175, he [Canelo] said, ‘It’s not my weight class,’ is the first thing I heard. Okay, that’s not your weight class. If you want a rematch, let’s talk about 168.
Another option for Dmitry
“He asked me, ‘Do you want to fight me?'” Bivol said of WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo asking him if he wanted to fight. “I couldn’t imagine before that I would fight Charlo.
“He’s from a different weight class than 160. It’s not my weight class. I can’t move down. If he moves up, why not, yes, at 168? I’m not sure he has a belt. What’s the reason to fight him at 168? Bivol said that there is no point in fighting Charlo.
“There will be ten other guys at 168. Do you want to fight me?” said Vadim Kornilov of other fighters who will call Bivol out at super middleweight. “There should be some kind of reason.”
“I want to fight for a reason or for a big name or for a belt. If he has a belt at 168, let’s fight“, Bivol said. “If he doesn’t have a belt and I don’t have an opponent, we can talk.”
“There are no offers for that match. It looks like a PR thing [public relations move] for now,” Kornilov said of Charlo asking Bivol for a match. “We’re all together and all together. Somebody can make an offer. There’s no offer. The boys [Jermall] saying. How does it work? Who takes the fight?
“I’m very proud,” Kornilov said of Bivol.
“Where shall we fight?” said Bivol. “People talk about me that I am the best fighter of the year. I will give him [Kornilov] a prize. He is the best manager.
“We are all a team. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here,” said Kornilov. “In this team sport, it’s really about the boxer. If the boxer can’t beat every guy and win every round like this guy, what are we going to do?”