Via Brian Webber: Canelo Alvarez said he had planned to fight an immediate rematch with Dmitry Bivol in September, but he had to enter the Gennadiy Golovkin competition instead because he had a contract to face him next.
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Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) revealed that he still might not face Bivol, as the rematch depends on whether he wins his next match against Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
Interestingly, Canelo has stated that he will not fight Ramirez if he wins because he does not want to fight the Mexican boxer. This means that Canelo will be able to move into risky fights against Bivol and Ramirez if things go right for him.
Some boxing fans and media members are skeptical that Canelo ever intended to rematch Bivol after the way he was beaten by him last May. The fact that Canelo conditions the rematch by saying that Bivol must beat Zurdo Ramirez is a signal to some that he doesn’t want to go into a second match with him.
“I really want the rematch [with Dmitry Bivol] in Septemberbut Eddie said we have a contract with Golovkin in September, and we need to make that fight,” said Canelo Alvarez on why he didn’t hit an immediate rematch with Dmitry Bivol .
Canelo was quite assertive during his meeting with the media, as snapped by a Yahoo reporter when he asked a question before he had time to answer the previous one about why he didn’t. fought an immediate rematch with Bivol instead of picking Golovkin.
“That’s why I’m here, and I’m happy. I really wanted to, but my team and I decided to fight Golovkin. I think we need to see what happens in that fight first,” Canelo said of Bivol’s November 5 battle against Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
“I want Zurdo Ramirez to win. We shall see. I’m 100% focused on this fight, and then we’ll see. I always feel the good vibes from the Mexican people when I step into the ring.
“I think Golovkin has been an excellent fighter. He did what he always did, and that is what has always been. I think he will find and do whatever he wants,” Canelo said.