Canelo Álvarez is still eyeing the much awaited Dmitry Bivol rematch, but the latter has some conditions put up.
Canelo, the reigning undisputed champion at super middleweight, already had his first fight in 2023, when he faced John Ryder on Saturday, 6th May at the Akron Stadium in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where he ended with a unanimous decision victory.
Marking his first win of the year, Canelo would be thinking about his next rival and has confessed that the rematch against Dmitry Bivol is his first option.
Bivol, the 32-year-old Russian boxer, is the current 175-pound light heavyweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and defeated Canelo back in May 2022. Having suffered the second defeat in his professional career, the Mexican would seek to avenge the setback.
However, in order for the rematch to materialize, Canelo would have to nod to Bivol’s conditions. The Russian boxer has been very clear in his intentions before a possible second fight against the Mexican and the next few months will be negotiations between the two to reach an agreement.
Dmitry Bivol wants to rematch Canelo at 168
“We fought at 175 pounds and I beat him. Now I want to take the risk and go to 168 pounds because it’s a motivation for me to try to fight for all the super middleweight titles . Why should we do the rematch at 175? What is the challenge or what is the motivation for me if I already beat him at light heavyweight?” Bivol commented on the rematch.
After his victory against Ryder, Canelo commented that his next outing in the squared circle would be in September 2023 and that his main focus is on Bivol. However, in case the rematch against the Russian boxer does not materialize, he would look for the best available opponent.