Dmitry Bivol may not have had the rematch he wanted with Canelo Alvarez, but he’d happily lock horns with Jermall Charlo if he’s successful against the Mexican in their upcoming fight in September.
Charlo wins against Canelo, I would like to fight: Dmitry Bivol
Bivol faced Canelo at light heavyweight on 7th May last year in Las Vegas with his WBA (Super) belt at stake. The Russian had dominated throughout the fight, winning via unanimous decision.
There had been quite some talks of a rematch, but Bivol vs. Canelo 2 ultimately didn’t happen, and the undisputed champ at 168 ended up defeating Gennadiy Golovkin and John Ryder up next.
Canelo is now expected to face WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, with the fight being speculated for a September 16th date, which will see Canelo defending his WBC, WBA (Super), WBO and IBF super middleweight belts against “Future of Boxing”.
While Bivol wanted a rematch at 168 to have a shot at Canelo’s four belts, he can get that opportunity once again if Charlo is successful in September, and that’s exactly what he plans to do next.
“I hope in September or October. October. If September, I should have been given an offer a couple of weeks ago,” Bivol told Fight Hub TV regarding his next fight. “We didn’t talk about Buatsi, but he was my previous potential opponent. I’m ready for anyone in my weight class. I’ll try to be ready for the top ten fighters at light heavyweight.”
“I don’t know,” Bivol responded when asked where he would be fighting next. “I don’t have a preference. I like to fight everywhere. For belt, I’ll move down [to 168]. It doesn’t matter who has this belt. No, only for belt. If Charlo wins [against Canelo Alvarez], I would like to fight.
“It’s not like, ‘I want to fight against someone at 168.’ No. I prefer to fight in my weight class. If someone wants, and we have a good offer to move down for a belt, I will do it, but I prefer to fight in my weight class,” he added. [H/T Boxing News 24]