Undisputed super middleweight champion of the world Canelo Alvarez’s first encounter in the next year may land him in a rematch against Dmitry Bivol- and that decision depends on the Russian’s upcoming fight against Gilberto Ramirez.
Coming from a victory over Canelo back in May, WBA Light Heavyweight champion Bivol will be back in action against another Mexican pugilist, the undefeated Gilbert Ramirez in Abu Dhabi on 5th November.
A former WBO super middleweight titleholder, Ramirez is coming off of a 4th round knockout win over Dominic Boesel on 14th May in Ontario. The ‘Zurdo de Oro (Golden Southpaw)’ made his light heavyweight debut back in April 2019 against Tommy Karpency, followed by winning the NABF title at 175 against Alfonso López in 2020 December.
If Ramirez wins – I don’t want to fight with Mexicans: Canelo
Since his upset against Bivol, there have been conversations about Canelo getting into a rematch with his Russian adversary. Even though the 168-pound king is gearing up for a trilogy fight against longtime rival Gennadiy Golovkin on 17th September, he has not ventured too far away from a possible rematch with Bivol.
The 5th of May at the T-Mobile Arena saw Canelo suffering the second defeat of his professional career after getting outboxed by Bivol in 12 rounds, and the WBA 175-pound titlist picked up a win via unanimous decision.
If he marks another victory over Ramirez in November, Canelo reveals to FightHype.com that he will be up for the rematch. However, if the fight sees Ramirez coming out on top, the rematch may get tagged with a question mark, and Canelo also says that he won’t be eager to face Ramirez as well because he doesn’t want to take on his fellow countryman.
“If Zurdo [wins] – I don’t want to fight with Mexicans,” said Canelo, “I don’t want to fight with Mexicans. I think Zurdo has a lot of chance to win, and I want him to win. If he wins, we will see if I want the rematch with Bivol, I don’t know.”
In a separate interview with FightHype, the 32-year-old thumbed up the possibility of the Bivol rematch if he wins against ‘Zurdo’.
“If he [loses to Ramirez], no,” Canelo added, “If Bivol wins, I wanna fight Bivol.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]