Eddie Hearn says Canelo Alvarez told him: “I will not lose again” in rematch with Bivol
By Sean Jones: Canelo Alvarez has assured Eddie Hearn that he “will NOT lose” the rematch with Dmitry Bivol, and he’s insisting on fighting him again.
The former four-division world champion Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) may be in a state of denial after the way he was outboxed from A to B by Bivol last Saturday night in front of a crowd of shocked fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Hearn says he told him about the potential of losing “back-to-back” fights against the WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) if he insists on fighting him again.
The Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn likely wants to make sure that Canelo doesn’t wreck his career by losing to a fighter that he has little chance of beating.
With the huge dough that is available for Canelo in fights against Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, and David Benavidez, it’s insane for him to be risking all that cash against a fighter that has already proven that he has his number.
Canelo is having a hard time coming to terms with the loss, and it’s quite understandable because he was beaten in a far more embarrassing & punishing way than in his first career defeat against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.
In the loss to Floyd, Canelo was exhausted after three rounds, and his face wasn’t badly swollen at the end. Moreover, Canelo finished strong against Mayweather, putting him on the run.
It was a different story for Canelo against Bivol last Saturday night, getting nailed with four punch combos all night long.
Perhaps the unkindest cut of all came in the fifth round when Bivol flurried with a seven-punch combo that had Canelo looking like a sparring partner against a world champion.
“He was gutted, devastated, and I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘I want to rematch Bivol. I know I can beat him,'” said Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about the conversation he had with Canelo Alvarez last Sunday on the golf course after his loss to Dmitry Bivol.
“‘Obviously, you’ve got to be right because back-to-back defeats for Saul Canelo Alvarez is not a good look.’ ‘No, no, no, I will not lose again,'” Hearn continued about the conversation he had with Canelo a day after his defeat against Bivol.
That’s [Canelo vs. Golovkin] is a massive fight, as is the rematch, and we’ll sit down with Dmitry Bivol’s team because we need to plan his future as well with Vadim [Kornilov] and World of Boxing.
“If we have an interim fight for Saul, we’ll have an interim fight for Bivol.
“I think Eddy Reynoso has done enough to prove himself over the last few years as the best trainers in the world. I guess one of the criticisms was that plan A wasn’t working [for Canelo]. How did you need to switch it up?
“People always look for reasons rather than saying, ‘Dmitry Bivol was brilliant.’ He boxed so smart and so disciplined for 12 rounds,” said Hearn.
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