Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn takes the time to speak to reporters about Canelo Alvarez’s unanimous decision loss to Dmitry Bivol over the weekend and whether or not that indicates he’s really not made for this weight class. Here are some excerpts of what Hearn had to say below.
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“It’s easy to say afterwards, isn’t it. But nobody said it was a bridge too far ahead. There’s a lot of people in boxing who thought it was going to be a really tough fight, and some even picked Dmitry Bivol, but we can’t sit here now and say “a bridge too far” because if we would have had this conversation (before the fight), we would have said “oh, he’s a big favorite”, which he was.
“We don’t know if it was a mix of a bit of fatigue from Saul, the weight – I don’t know – did he have a good camp? I don’t know. But let’s not take anything away from the genius of Dmitry Bivol. He was absolutely perfect. And I think after Craig Richards won and after Lenin Castillo won, you wouldn’t necessarily look at him thinking he had a performance like that in him against the #1 pound for pound.
“It’s like Saul wants to handicap himself to take on the toughest challenges, and sometimes that can backfire. So now we’ll have to sit down with Eddy (Reynoso) and say ‘do we want to turn on the rematch or do we want to move to ’68’ but I just don’t see him not wanting to avenge that loss.”