WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol has hinted at a possible rematch with Canelo Alvarez at super middleweight.
Last Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, Dmitry Bivol put on an absolute clinic as he tore through Canelo Alvarez with a strong unanimous decision win. The victory took his pro boxing record to 20-0 and handed Canelo just his second professional loss, with the first coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.
Bivol, 31, retained his WBA light heavyweight crown in the process, with many also wondering whether or not a win like this vaults him into pound-for-pound contention.
As per Bivol after the fight, it’s not unthinkable that he could actually drop down to 168 pounds in order to collide with his foe once again.
“I think he wants [the rematch],” Bivol said. “He’s a guy who loves challenge. We see it, he has belts in four divisions. I think a guy like him wants a rematch.”
“Maybe I could make [168, but] only for four belts,” Bivol said. “I have to think about it. I think we all have to think about it. Not only me. His team. We have [to have] negotiations.”
Will we see Bivol vs Alvarez 2?
The immediate rematch is definitely on the table with Canelo making it crystal clear that he isn’t going to back down from the Russian. At the same time, the challenger is all about making history – and defending the belts he’s already won at super middleweight doesn’t sound like something that’d be as interesting as claiming a different strap at a different weight class.
The real elephant in the room right now is Gennady Golovkin. While a meeting with one of the stars on PBC’s roster is entirely possible, the trilogy fight with GGG is what we were all anticipating in September.
These recent developments haven’t ruled that possibility out entirely but at the very least, the negotiations for whatever comes next are going to be a bit more complicated than we first thought.