By Barry Holbrook: Eddie Hearn says he likes the idea of Canelo Alvarez next facing Gennadiy Golovkin and then reuniting with Dmitry Bivol after that.
However, he says Canelo and his trainer/manager Eddy Reynoso think they can beat Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) in the rematch, so they can choose to go that way.
Indeed, with the judges scoring last Saturday’s Canelo-Bivol fight with an identical score of 115-113, you should make the case for Canelo winning the rematch if he makes any minor changes to his game.
It makes sense for Canelo to fight Golovkin (42-1-1, 41 KOs) in September because if he doesn’t, someone else could take down the aging champion.
What we saw in 40-year-old Golovkin’s last fight against Ryota Murata is a fighter who would be at risk against any of the top five contenders in the 160-pound weight class.
If Canelo decides to fight Bivol in an immediate rematch in September, there’s a chance Golovkin will lose his next fight while waiting to face the Mexican star.
“Now you look like it’s an underdog going into this rematch,” Eddie Hearn told iFL TV about Canelo Alvarez if he chooses to face Dmitry Bivol in a rematch.
“So two straight losses [is quite possible]“Hearn continued. “He certainly realizes that 168 is his weight class, and he originally knew that. But he also wants to fight Dmitry Bivol, but I think the decision might be to fight Gennadiy Golovkin and then Dmitry Bivol,” Hearn said.
If Hearn can convince Canelo to fight Golovkin next September, he will be doing both fighters a big favor as they could both lose. Their trilogy fight won’t make as much sense if Canelo is beaten in back-to-back fights by Bivol.
Likewise, if Golovkin is beaten by Chris Eubank Jr., Jaime Munguia or Esquiva Falcao in his next fight, that would take away a lot of interest in a trilogy matchup with Canelo.
“Saul & Eddy [Reynoso], youhey believe they can beat Dmitry Bivoland if they believe they can beat it, there’s a good chance they’ll take on that challenge next time around,” Hearn said.
“Interesting comments from Dmitry Bivol, saying he could go to 168 and catch up [Canelo] for the undisputed.
“Dmitry Bivol has taken Canelo’s fight for greatness, but he also wants to unify the world championships, to be undisputed himself. Obviously, there is the Beterbiev fight, which is not available in the very near future. It could happen in December, the undisputed fight between these two [Beterbiev & Bivol].
“Also, he [Bivol] could move up to 168 and make the rematch for the undisputed. I also think Canelo wouldn’t want to fight him at 168. I’m going to catch him this week and plan what’s next.
“He’s still the biggest star in boxing and in America, but he got beaten by a good world champion who boxed perfectly that night,” Hearn said.