‘I can beat him easily – he’s NOT better than me!’: Canelo Alvarez has eye on Dmitry Bivol as Mexican blames weight class for loss, but first has to beat ‘one of the greatest ever’ again Gennady Golovkin
- Canelo Alvarez has claimed he can beat Dmitry Bivol if the duo fight again
- Bivol handed the Mexican just the second loss of his career in May
- Canelo blamed the weight class for the loss and said he is better than Bivol
- A rematch could be arranged for Bivol to face Gilberto Ramirez in November
- The Mexican will first fight Gennady Golovkin in a trilogy fight this weekend
Canelo Alvarez has insisted that Dmitry Bivol is not “better” than him, despite the Russian defeating the 32-year-old when the two fought in May.
Bivol won by unanimous decision to hand Alvarez just the second loss of his career, a decision the Mexican immediately took issue with before expressing his desire for a rematch.
Speaking on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, Alvarez blamed the weight class for his loss, although he insisted he is in his prime and can “easily” beat Bivol.
The fight was at light-heavyweight, which meant Canelo had to move up from his more suitable super-middleweight.
Canelo Alvarez said he could beat Dmitry Bivol “easily” if the two had a rematch
Bivol (left) beat Canelo by unanimous decision during their May bout, with no rematch scheduled
“You take the risks, you pick the best races out there, you might miss a day,” he said. “But I’m happy to get these kinds of fights because they make me feel good. I think my legacy goes up with this kind of racing and I learn a lot.
“I’m not ashamed of it, because I trust myself to be great. I will continue to do so.
“I was in my prime when I lost to Bivol. Not in my weight class, but I think I can easily beat him. But things happen.
“I won the first five or six rounds, but then I got tired, that’s what happened, but he’s not better than me.”
Bivol will face undefeated Mexican Gilberto Ramírez in November in the UAE
Alvarez’s only other loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in 2013, a loss Alvarez blamed on inexperience. For the loss to Bovil, he doesn’t have that excuse.
“With Floyd, I didn’t have the experience to face that kind of challenge,” he said. “With Bivol, I am in my prime.
“Unfortunately I had a lot going on in my training camp and that’s how it is, I missed out, but I think I’ll get my chance in the near future.”
Despite the push for a rematch, Alvarez will face Gennady Golovkin for the third time this weekend.
The Mexican is the only fighter to beat the 40-year-old in 44 fights and said he thought the rivalry was over.
Canelo is set to face rival Gennady Golovkin (R) this weekend in the duo’s third fight
Canelo beat the Russian in their second fight in 2017 after a draw in their first fight a year ago
Golovkin has only lost one fight in his career, but is now nearing retirement at 40
“I think we had two really good games,” he said. “People want the three games.
“For me in my mind, at the end of the second fight, that was the end of the fights with Golovkin. It’s enough. But people want to know who is the best.
He always says I’m not a good champion, I’m ashamed of my country, but when he’s in front of me he doesn’t say anything. That’s why I’m mad.
“He’s a good, tough, strong fighter. One of the greatest of all time. Our styles are perfect for a good fight. I think I’m more mature, stronger, I have good experience and I’m in my prime. That will be the difference.
“I think it will be a good fight, but my goal is to finish the fight before 12 rounds. Nobody likes to lose, but losing is not an option for me.’