Dmitry Bivol ‘centered on different plans’ after failing to safe rematch towards Canelo


Dmitry Bivol. Photograph by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Simply since you beat the person, doesn’t imply you turn into the person.

Lengthy-time WBA mild heavyweight ruler Dmitry Bivol is discovering simply that. After a profession finest win over Canelo Alvarez (UD 12) final Could, he has fought as soon as, simply dominating Gilberto Ramirez (UD 12) in November.

The 32-year-old had hoped that will result in a rematch with boxing largest star. Nevertheless, regardless of conversations for a mooted September showdown, the combat hasn’t come about and appears additional away than ever, leaving Bivol searching for one thing else significant.

“It was solely near occurring within the press per Canelo and his crew,” Bivol (21-0, 11 knockouts) advised The Ring by means of supervisor Vadim Kornilov.

“We’ve been centered on different plans for some time now. Simply coordinating that with my crew and can have some data quickly. I do know that we have been speaking in regards to the combat towards [Jaime] Munguia for a while a few months in the past, however it appeared like they modified their thoughts later. That was just a little little bit of a waste of time as we didn’t produce other choices deliberate at the moment.”

Kornilov feels the speak of his fighter going through Canelo, was simply that, to avoid wasting face after being overwhelmed final yr.

Dmitry Bivol lands a left on Canelo Alvarez – Photograph by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

“To be sincere, I’m not certain what Canelo requested for, we noticed within the press that he stated that he wished the rematch on the identical phrases as the primary combat, which clearly wouldn’t work,” stated Kornilov. “Canelo by no means wished the combat, they know that Bivol shall be much more assured and there’s a good likelihood that Bivol can cease Canelo this time.”

With the Canelo combat up in smoke with information that the Mexican celebrity has signed a three-fight cope with PBC, Kornilov hopes to safe a combat with IBF, WBC and WBA titleholder Artur Beterbiev, which might determine who’s the undisputed mild heavyweight champion.

“We’ve been centered on attempting to make the [Artur] Beterbiev combat for a while,” revealed Kornilov.

“Now it will likely be the winner of Beterbiev vs. [Callum] Smith. Now now we have to attend till after the Beterbiev vs. Smith combat to speak additional on this. I’m very assured that Dmitriy shall be a unified world champion within the close to future.”

Nevertheless, Kornilov believes that the mouth-watering proposition might not occur as a result of WBC’s stance on Russian fighters, leaving Bivol with out a viable dance accomplice for his or her projected return someday in September or October.

“Matchroom and the remainder of our promotional crew have been very shut in negotiating the Bivol vs. Beterbiev combat within the Center East,” defined Kornilov. “However I’m listening to within the press that Beterbiev’s promoter is speaking about wanting [David] Benavidez and Canelo for Beterbiev and they’re towards the Bivol Battle.

“This simply proves additional that the Beterbiev aspect by no means wished the combat both, similar to Canelo, they’re taking a look at some other attainable choices and attempting to keep away from Bivol. Inarguably, Dmitry is likely one of the most skillful boxers on the earth immediately, who has perhaps misplaced 5-10 rounds in all of his 21 fights as a professional.

“Who would need to combat him until they must?”


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