By: Hans Themistos
Unprecedented numbers of Canelo Alvarez fans flooded the Las Vegas area. The reason for their presence is simple, as Alvarez is expected to return to the ring later tonight to face WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
But while Alvarez’s staunch supporters came out strong, Jake Paul is confident the pound-for-pound star’s next trip to the ring will be a box office failure.
“Dmitri Bivol?” asked Paul. “Nobody wants to see this fight.”
Regardless of Paul being apathetic towards Bivol’s upcoming showdown against Alvarez, the Russian native thinks he has what it takes to solve one of boxing’s most confusing puzzles.
After failing to enter the ring for his entire 2020 calendar year, Bivol has bounced back nicely in 2021. First up for the light heavyweight title roster was a tougher-than-expected test against Craig Richards. While he would eventually earn the unanimous decision victory, Richards fought Bivol to a draw.
At the end of Bivol’s year, he looked remarkably better against Umar Salamov, as he picked up the lopsided unanimous decision victory. With the 31-year-old producing a spotless record through 19 professional fights, Paul shrugs as he downplays the Russian native’s overall drawing power.
Ultimately, Paul is convinced that Alvarez has two well-known and more distinguished fighters who are more worthy of his time in the ring.
“Fight (David) Benavidez, stop dodging Benavidez, stop dodging (Jermall) Charlo.”
As Paul escapes, Benavidez and Charlo have been offered to Alvarez in a two-fight deal made by first-time boxing champ Al Haymon. Benavidez, and Charlo for that matter, urged the pound-for-pound star to face them inside the ring. But, despite their constant pleas and regardless of Paul’s retribution, Alvarez chose not to face either foe.
Although initially apoplectic by his decision, Charlo and Benavidez moved on.
In Benavidez’s case, the former two-time super middleweight champion will face David Lemieux on May 21, with the winner receiving the WBC interim crown. As for Charlo, although he has stated many times that he will eagerly and quickly accept Alvarez’s weight demands and face him at 168 pounds, for now he will remain in the middleweight division. where he will try to defend his precious WBC. title against Maciej Sulecki on June 18.