Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is eager for a rematch with WBA light heavyweight champion Dimitry Bivol after suffering a shock loss in their first fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Bivol picked up a unanimous decision victory – with all three judges scoring the fight 115-113 in his favor – to hand Canelo just the second loss of his career, nine years after his first at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canelo stressed after the fight that he wanted another shot at Bivol, with a rematch clause in the contract. He said, “Of course I do. It doesn’t end like this.” He then repeated this message on Twitter.
Translated from Spanish, Canelo’s post read: “Boxing is like that. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but always with your head held high.
“I stand with the great fight we offered the people. We will fight again and we will win again.”
Bivol, too, is keen to face Canelo again. ‘A revenge ? No problem. Let’s talk about a rematch,” he said.
“I took this fight because I just wanted the opportunity and I appreciate the opportunity. I’m ready for the rematch, I just want to make sure I win and I’m treated like a champion now. “
With both fighters enthusiastic, Bivol promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy told Sky Sports: “I would say the preparation process will take at least four to five months.
“And the location of the fight is still to be determined, but it will most likely be in the United States.”
Alvarez, who returned to the heaviest weight of his career to challenge for the 175-pound title, disagreed with the judges and said he thought he had lost four or five rounds at most.
“I definitely didn’t lose the fight,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “I think I was a bit tired towards the final rounds, but I felt good.”
With his win in Saturday’s bout, Bivol’s record improves to a perfect 20 out of 20 fights, while Canelo’s slips to 57-2-2.
Canelo has won at light heavyweight before, beating Sergey Kovalev by knockout to claim the WBO title in 2019, but Bivol proved too much for the Mexican fighter to defeat in his first encounter.