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‘I can beat him easily – he’s NOT better than me!’: Canelo Alvarez has one eye on Dmitry Bivol’s rematch as the Mexican blames the weight class for the defeat, but must first be ‘one of the greatest of all time’ Beating Gennady Golovkin AGAIN
- Canelo Alvarez has claimed he can beat Dmitry Bivol if the duo ever fight again
- Bivol only gave the Mexican his second defeat in his career in May
- Canelo blamed weight class for loss, saying he’s better than Bivol
- A rematch could be arranged by Bivol and in November against Gilberto Ramirez
- The Mexican will fight Gennady Golovkin first in a trilogy fight this weekend
Canelo Alvarez has maintained that Dmitry Bivol is “no better” than him, despite the Russian beating the 32-year-old when the two fought in May.
Bivol won unanimously to give Alvarez just the second loss of his career, a decision the Mexican immediately disagreed with before expressing his wish for a rematch.
Speak with Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube ChannelAlvarez blamed the weight class for his defeat, despite insisting he is in his best form and can beat Bivol ‘easily’.
The fight was in the light-heavyweight, which meant Canelo had to leave his more suited super middleweight.
Canelo Alvarez has said he could beat Dmitry Bivol ‘easily’ if the two had a rematch
Bivol (left) defeated Canelo by unanimous decision in a fight in May, with no scheduled rematch
“You take the risks, pick the best fights out there, maybe one day you’ll lose,” he said. “But I’m happy to take on these kinds of fights because they make me feel good. I think my legacy is on the rise with this kind of fight and I’m learning a lot.
“I’m not ashamed of that, because I trust that I’m great. I keep doing it.
“I was in my prime when I lost to Bivol. Not in my weight class, but I think I can beat him easily. But things happen.
“I won the first five or six rounds, but then I got tired, that’s what happened, but he’s no better than me.”
Bivol instead takes on undefeated Mexican Gilberto Ramírez in the UAE in November
Alvarez’s only other defeat came in 2013 at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, a defeat Alvarez blamed on inexperience. He doesn’t have that excuse for the loss to Bovil.
“With Floyd, I didn’t have the experience to take on those kinds of challenges,” he said. “I’m at my best with Bivol.
“Unfortunately I had a lot of stuff in my training camp and it is what it is, I lost but I think I’ll get my chance in the near future.”
Despite pushing for a rematch, Alvarez will face Gennady Golovkin for the third time this weekend.
The Mexican is the only fighter to have beaten the 40-year-old in 44 fights and said he thought the rivalry was over.
Canelo faces rival Gennady Golovkin (right) in the duo’s third fight this weekend
Canelo defeated the Russian in their second fight in 2017 after a draw in their first fight a year earlier
Golovkin has only lost one fight in his career, but is now almost 40 years old
“I think we had two good fights,” he said. “People want the three fights.
“For me, at the end of the second fight, that was the end of the fights with Golovkin. It is enough. But people want to know who is the best.
“He always says I’m not a good champion, I’m an embarrassment to my country, but when he’s in front of me, he doesn’t say anything. That’s why I’m angry.
“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, have good experience and I’m in my prime. That’s going to be the difference.
“I think it’s going to be a good fight, but my goal is to finish the fight before the 12 rounds. Nobody likes to lose, but losing is not an option for me.’