Canelo holds off on Bivol rematch for GGG trilogy

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Seems, it is establishment for Canelo Alvarez regardless of an surprising defeat in opposition to Dmitry Bivol. Boxing’s high star indicated on the post-fight information convention that he would train his rematch clause for a return bout with Bivol in September, however on Monday, he reversed course.

“We already had that contract [with Gennadiy Golovkin], that settlement, so we’ve to proceed what we began, and I believe these are the 2 greatest fights in boxing, the battle with Golovkin and the rematch with Bivol,” Alvarez mentioned Monday at his golf invitational in Naucalpan, Mexico. “Sadly, we misplaced, however that does not imply I am not going to strive once more.

“The vital factor right here is perseverance and we’ll do it once more. What is definite is that we’re going to return in September. And within the coming days … we’re going to announce the battle.”

When Alvarez signed a multi-fight take care of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in February, it included a Sept. 17 battle with GGG. Alvarez was a 4-1 favourite to defeat Bivol in a 175-pound title problem, however he dropped a unanimous determination. The 31-year-old Mexican had 30 days to resolve between two choices on Sept. 17, sources inform ESPN: a rematch with Bivol or a 3rd with Golovkin.

Now that Alvarez has made his selection, he’ll return to 168 kilos, the place he is the undisputed champion, and defend all 4 tremendous middleweight titles vs. Golovkin on Mexican Independence Day weekend. The situation hasn’t been finalized, per sources, however the first two bouts befell in Las Vegas, and every generated over $20 million in gate receipts.

Even within the aftermath of the loss, Canelo-GGG 3 is maybe the most important industrial battle in all of boxing. The September 2017 conflict for the unified middleweight championship led to a controversial break up draw. The rematch, one 12 months later, was narrowly received by Alvarez by way of majority determination.

The third bout might be contested at 168 kilos and double as Golovkin’s debut, at 40 years outdated, as a full-fledged tremendous middleweight.

Golovkin, a unified middleweight titleholder, has been making the 160-pound restrict since he received an Olympic silver medal in 2004. The additional eight kilos may benefit Golovkin, Hearn mentioned, and he believes the loss to Bivol makes the battle even larger.

“I’m comfy figuring out I received these fights,” Golovkin, ESPN’s No. 2 middleweight, advised ESPN in March. “I don’t look again on the selections. … I believed I received the primary two, so successful the third one could be the identical to me.”

Each matchups have been thrilling motion fights contested on the highest stage. Loads of unhealthy blood stays, too, after Alvarez examined constructive for the banned substance clenbuterol forward of the deliberate Might 2018 rematch. He was suspended six months, regardless of his declare that the adversarial discovering was the results of tainted meat consumed in Mexico, and the rematch was rescheduled for September 2018 — however not earlier than Golovkin hurled loads of insults at Alvarez.

Mentioned Alvarez: “[Golovkin] at all times say one thing about me; he at all times speaking about me. That is why [it’s personal].”

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