“If you want to be the best, if you want to be famous, you must fight against the best. I want great fights. His name is great in boxing and of course, I want to fight him” I also add “I know he is the great star, but he’s human, he’s Mexican, with a history of a lot of boxers in the books, but he’s not unstoppable. I can beat him, “this was what Bivol said on a video call to TMZ Sports.
With an unbeaten record of 18-0-0 with 11 fights by KOs., Bivol raised his hand for a fight against Canelo Álvarez.
Many fans assumed that Canelo would move up to 175 to challenge Bivol for his WBA World 175-lb title, but it sounds like the Russian fighter isn’t sure about the weight. If it’s at 168, Bivol will come down seven pounds.
If the fight with Canelo gets made, Bivol would be the replacement for the Mexican star after his negotiations with IBF super-middleweight champion Caleb Plant stalled out this week over contractual issues, Bivol’s promoter Eddie Hearn is working on putting the fight together with Canelo, says Pugmire.
“Just spoke to Dimitry Bivol manager Vadim Kornilov, who told me Bivol can be ready to fight Canelo Sept. 18 but needs to know if cutting to 168 pounds ‘sooner rather than later,’ ” said Pugmire.
Taking weight off to get down to 168 reportedly isn’t an ordeal for Bivol, who isn’t someone that packs on a lot of weight in between fights. If Canelo prefers to fight at 168, Bivol can accommodate his wishes.
Bivol recently emerged from a year and a half layoff to defeat challenger Craig Richards by a closer than anticipated 12 round unanimous decision last May.
That was one of Bivol’s least impressive performances of his career, as he looked ring rusty, hesitant to let his hands go, and overly cautious.