Canelo Alvarez on Dmitry Bivol: “We will fight again”

By Boxing News - 05/09/2022 - Comments

By Max Schramm: Canelo Alvarez confirmed last Sunday that he’d fight Dmitry Bivol again, and he will “win” in their rematch.

If Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) is serious about his wish to battle WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) again, he’s going to need to make considerable improvements.

The way Canelo fought last Saturday night in losing a 12-round unanimous decision against Bivol, he’s not going to do well in the rematch, which could take place in September.

Adding a new trainer to Canelo’s team would be a smart thing for him to do, as he needs new blood for him to stay competitive with talented fighters like Bivol, David Benavidez, Artur Beterbiev, and Joe Smith Jr.

Should Canelo replace Eddy Reynoso?

Canelo’s current trainer Eddy Reynoso has done all he can for him to get him to this point, but it’s pretty clear that in his last two fights involving Alvarez and Oscar Valdez, he’s lacking.

Canelo should use Reynoso as a manager only and get someone that is familiar with Bivol & Beterbiev’s style of fighting that can take him to the next level.

Reynoso has done a bang-up job as a coach, but it’s pretty clear that he lacks the knowledge to help Canelo beat fighters like Bivol and Beterbiev.

Anatoliy Lomachenko, the father/trainer for two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, would be the ideal coach to work with Canelo to prepare him to beat Bivol and/or Beterbiev.

“I stay with the great fight that we offered to the people. We will fight again, and we will win again,” said Canelo Alvarez on Twitter about wanting a rematch with Dmitry Bivol.

“Maybe, but he had a belt in the light heavyweight division. His natural size is for less weight,” said Dmitry Bivol to Behind The Gloves when asked if the size was too much for Canelo Alvarez, going up to 175 to challenge him.

Bivol frustrated Canelo

“Dmitry Bivol was never intimidated by Canelo. He always said, ‘Coach, I’m going to do it. I believe in my ability, and I’m going to win,'” said trainer Joel Diaz to Behind The Gloves.

“I told him, ‘Canelo is  going to land a lot of shots on your shoulder because he did it with Callum Smith because you have a great jab.’ He started doing that, and I started icing his arm. I said he’s going to protect and make sure you get tired on the side.

“Canelo was not landing any clean shots, very minimum. Every time he unloaded, he was landed the better, cleaner shots. The plan for Canelo was to frustrate him, and he did.

“From the beginning, he [Bivol] was jabbing, jabbing and jabbing, keeping the jab on his forehead.

“I saw that Canelo’s forehead got really red. He tried to get in, but he couldn’t, and that was the problem. Canelo got frustrated. If you want to beat Canelo, you’ve got to frustrate him,” said Diaz.

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