- Canelo Alvarez displayed his bulky physique as he makes his return to the 175-pound division
- Eddie Hearn said Alvarez and his team has rejected a catchweight bout against Dmitry Bivol
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is set for his light heavyweight comeback as he takes on WBA champion Dmitry Bivol at on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He last fought at light heavyweight against Sergey Kovalev in 2019 but his bulked-up physique suggests that he’s ready to face the big boys once again.
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When Alvarez signed a two-fight deal with DAZN, it was revealed that he will be fighting Bivol. Lifting the lid on the subject, the Mexican superstar that he came up with the decision because Bivol is “bigger” than him and is better than other 175-pounders out there.
“He’s a champion. For me, it’s the beginning of making history,” Alvarez told reporters of Bivol. “He’s a good champion too. That’s why I picked him, he’s a good fighter. He has something to offer. He’s bigger than me and he’s a good fighter. I like that. He’s a better fighter than these guys.”
Alvarez’s promoter and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn recently revealed that he could’ve arranged a catchweight bout and the multi-division champ could’ve agreed on it. However, Hearn said that Alvarez and his team didn’t like the idea and insisted to have the fight at 175 pounds.
“Canelo could’ve had a catchweight real easy. Bivol would’ve accepted anything 171-lbs+,” Hearn said at DAZN Boxing Show.
“Canelo and Eddy [Reynoso] said, ‘No catchweight. If this is for the 175-lb world title, that’s the way it’s going to be.’ And rehydration clause doesn’t exist,” he divulged.
After Bivol, Alvarez will return to middleweight again to trade blows with his ultimate nemesis Gennadiy Golovkin in a highly-anticipated trilogy fight.