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Dmitry Bivol ready to go down in weight and fight Canelo Alvarez for all super-middleweight belts in rematch

DMITRY BIVOL is ready to go down in weight and fight Canelo Alvarez for all the super-middleweight belts in a rematch.

The Russian, 31, stunned boxing’s biggest star with a shock points win in Las Vegas, where he defended his WBA light-heavyweight title.

Canelo Alvarez was beaten by Dmitry Bivol

They had previously held talks to fight at the 168lb super-middleweight limit, where Canelo is undisputed king.

The Mexican has a rematch clause in his contract and hinted that he could exercise it to fight Bivol next.

But the unbeaten 175lb champ fancies turning the tables and moving down to try and dethrone Canelo of all four super-middleweight straps.

He told Fight Hub TV: “168 for all of belts? Of course it’s good. Yeah, it’s good. Why not? Yeah, I think yes. 

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“Maybe I could, I have to think about this. But 175, it’s no problem for me, I don’t feel a problem. It means maybe I can make 168.

“Before coronavirus I was 100 per cent sure I could make it, but coronavirus gives me more – I was sitting at home and raising my fat.”

Canelo, 31, had only once fought at light-heavyweight before, knocking out Sergey Kovalev, 39, in 2019.

But after his return to the division, he admitted the size could have been a bridge too far.

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Canelo said: “Maybe the weight was a slight issue that didn’t let me feel 100 per cent during the fight.”

Despite his admission, promoter Eddie Hearn believes a rematch remains likely.

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Hearn admitted: “It’s like Saul wants to handicap himself to have the toughest challenges, and that sometimes can backfire.

“So now we’ll have to sit down with Eddy [Reynoso] and say, ‘Do we want to activate the rematch or do we want to move to ‘68 but I just can’t see him not wanting to avenge that defeat.”


Dmitry Bivol celebrates his win over Canelo Alvarez

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