Canelo Alvarez is reportedly close to agreeing to a 2-fight deal with DAZN and Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to face Dmitry Bivol on May 17th at light heavyweight and Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy match on September 17. Canelo’s deal is still not done yet, but it’s close.
Going up to 175 to challenge unbeaten WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on May 7th will be risky for Canelo, as the Russian fighter is still young at 31 and seemingly in his prime.
When Canelo fought at 175 in 2019, he fought then 36-year-old WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, who was faded a mere shell of the fighter he’d been seven years earlier.
David Benavídez spoke about the fight and said that the man born in Guadalajara has a great fight, but that the Russian has several shortcomings that he can take advantage of.
“Bivol is a good fighter, I am excited to see the fight. I’ve sparred with him before and I can say he hits pretty hard too,” the former world champion told Fight Hype. He added: “I think what will be different about this fight is that Canelo already got used in his last fights to fighting taller people. Bivol is pretty effective, he knows how to get those forehands right, you can’t cover like you normally do.”
However, David Benavidez commented on a defect that can give Canelo Álvarez a great advantage if he decides to face him on May 7. “To be honest, he’s good at 1-2, but he doesn’t have much beyond that. Canelo is a guy who knows how to evade very well, he moves a lot and you have to attack him with body shots and I think Bivol is not that good with that, “he explained.
It should be remembered that Matchroom Boxing offered the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Super Middleweight World Champion two fights for 2022. The first was against Dmitry Bivol and the second against Gennady Golovkin, which would end the trilogy between the Kazakh and Guadalajara.