Undisputed super middleweight champion of the world Canelo Alvarez made a fitting conclusion to a five year rivalry against Gennadiy Golovkin with a win this Saturday night, but the victory came with a catch.
I can’t hold a glass. But I’m a warrior: Canelo Alvarez
As it turns out, the boxer injured his left hand during the trilogy fight against GGG on the 17th of September at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise. While he aims for a rematch against Dmitry Bivol, the Mexican says surgery on his left hand is the need of the hour.
“I’ve gone through some difficult things in my life and the only thing you can do is try to continue and move forward,” Canelo told reporters in the post fight interview, “I’ve gone through difficult times recently with my defeat and I’ve actually shown defeats are great because it enables you to come back and show humility.”
“I need surgery on my hand after this because I’m not good from my left hand. But I’m good, I’m a warrior, that’s why I’m here,” the 32-year-old, who revealed that he can’t even hold a glass of water on his left hand, went on, “I need to come back and get strength in my hand, recover my hand and my body so I can come back stronger than ever.”
The Canelo vs Bivol rematch had two conditions laid out by both parties. Earlier, it was Canelo who said that the rematch will happen if Bivol defeats Gilbert Ramirez in November and in turn, the Russian’s team issued the same condition for the Golovkin trilogy.
Now with Canelo sorting out his side of the condition, Bivol’s win over Ramirez will ensure the rematch does happen, and the Mexican emphasizes that a win over the WBA 175-pound champ is highly vital- for his own legacy, his family as well as his country.
“It’s very important for my legacy, for me, for my pride, for my country, for my family. For everything. It’s very important and I will beat him,” added Canelo. [H/T Yahoo Sports]