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No Canelo Fight For Zurdo Ramirez If He Defeats Bivol On Nov 5 Says Eddie Hearn

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Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn thinks that Canelo Alvarez is not an option for Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez if the latter is able to defeat Dmitry Bivol in their upcoming clash on 5th November.

Canelo and Bivol met on May 7th, which ended with a unanimous decision victory in favor of the WBA Light Heavyweight champion, marking the second defeat of Canelo’s career as a professional boxer.

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After the fight, the Mexican boxing icon did mention the option of an immediate rematch, but ended up dropping back down to 168 pounds for the trilogy against Gennady Golovkin on 17th September.

Canelo defeated GGG via unanimous decision, following which he revealed that he was suffering from a wrist injury that was going to force him to have surgery before thinking about returning. The last update on his injury was that he was going to analyze his possibilities after the fifteenth birthday of his daughter.

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Bivol, on the other hand, had to wait before the WBA ordered the mandatory fight against the Mexican Gilberto Ramirez, who had beaten German boxer Dominic Boesel by knockout in his last outing.

“For Canelo it’s not about facing Zurdo, he wants Bivol,” Hearn said in a conversation with the media during his visit to Mexico City. “Beyond the world title, he wants revenge. If Zurdo wins, he might go for (Artur) Beterbiev, but if Bivol wins, rest assured that he will seek revenge.”

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“I think Canelo will be watching Zurdo and Bivol fight,” the Matchroom Boxing chief went on, “I’m sure he’ll expect Ramirez to win because he’s Mexican, but he won’t care if he defeats Bivol because he wants a rematch.”

Another factor working against Ramirez is Canelo’s decision to not square off against Mexican fighters. However, Zurdo has not given up hope of being able to face Canelo sooner or later.

“I’ve always believed that the best should play against the best,” said Ramirez, “I am flexible, here the question is if he wants, I always want the best”.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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