“175 Is Not His Weight and He Looked Very Slow” – Former Opponent Suggests Canelo Alvarez Should Have Dmitry Bivol Rematch at 168

Published 05/15/2022, 2:00 PM EDT

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The boxing fans witnessed one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport when Canelo Alvarez lost against Dmitry Bivol by a decision. Alvarez looks forward to a rematch to regain his glory. In the same vein, Alvarez’s former opponent shared some of his suggestions over the rematch. 

In a recent interview on FightHype, the interviewer Lance Pugmire discussed some informative topics regarding boxing with the former world champion, Sergey Kovalev, who once faced Alvarez in the ring in a light heavyweight bout. 


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While discussing various topics, Pugmire asked Kovalev about his views on the rematch between Alvarez and Bivol.

Kovalev mended his honest opinion on Alvarez. He said, “I think so, he will approve the, his… rematch in 168.”

‘Krusher’ Kovalev added, “Because 175 is not his weight and he looked very slow. He ( Alvarez) looked very slow because he’s very heavy. He’s too heavy, you know, no… speeding. He’s tired already after… around … round number 3.”

According to Kovalev, Alvarez faced difficulties when he moved to a higher weight class to challenge Bivol.

Kovalev analyzed The Mexican superstar’s gameplay. Therefore, he suggested Alvarez to fight in the super middleweight category, where he dominated his opponents. 

Canelo Alvarez showing blistering skills at 168

The Mexican superstar has dominated four different weight classes and won various championships in it. Significantly, he amazed the fans with his astonishing skill-set in the super middleweight division. 

He defeated the likes of Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim, Billy Joe Saunders, and Caleb Plant to become the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world. 


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Well, with such a significant record to Alvarez’s name, it is definite that he has a sheer dominance in the super middleweight division.

It will be interesting to see Alvarez fight Bivol in the super middleweight division where he is the undisputed champion.


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Do you think Alvarez will come down to his previous weight class? Or he will challenge Bivol in the existing one? Let us know your views in the comments below. 



Mohit More

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Mohit More is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate of the International Institute of Sports Management, he is a sports enthusiast and has played boxing, cricket, and basketball at various levels. Mohit is a staunch follower of Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin.