There has been discussion lately about the rematch between Dmitry Bivol and Canelo Alvarez. Last year, Alvarez moved to the light heavyweight division in an attempt to become the WBA (Super) world champion. Bivol was seen as the outsider by many, but it turned out that the odds were not in favor of the Russian boxer.
Eddie Hearn is trying his best in order to make the best of four-devision champ in 2023. “The situation is that talks with myself and Eddy Reynoso are underway right now to plan out his 2023,” Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show host Akin ‘Ak’ Reyes.
“He’s already stated publicly that he would like that like-comeback fight after the injury. He’d like to come back in May. There’s a very good chance it could be John Ryder. He's mandatory to the WBO championship.
He’s the interim champion there at 168 pounds. Eddy Reynoso has made it very clear to me. He wants the rematch with Dmitry Bivol”.
The Uncertainty about the Category
“The discussion really is, does that take place at 175 or 168,” noted Hearn.
“Canelo doesn’t really want to lose his belts at 168. A lot will depend on the rulings from the government (bodies). If I know Canelo Alvarez, he’ll want that fight at 175. said Hearn. “It's not unfair for Canelo Alvarez to go to 175, he’s done it before,” pointed out Hearn.
“He would not call it unfair. He lost and that’s the situation. But I feel like Canelo and Bivol at 168 would enable Bivol to become undisputed at 168 pounds. If he was able to be triumphant, he could move and fight Beterbiev for the undisputed at 175.
“If he were to lose to Canelo Avalrez, he could still fight Beterbiev for the undisputed championship at 175. When you’re talking about chasing greatness… Dmitry Bivol is all about that. He has the chance to face Canelo for the undisputed championship at 168 then face Beterbiev for the undisputed championship at 175. Hearn said.