Golden Boy Boxer Stresses on Getting Title Shot Against Canelo Alvarez’s Conqueror Dmitry Bivol: “Canelo Didn’t Commit to the Rematch, So Now I’m Curious…”

Published 06/21/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
SAN DIEGO, CA – MARCH 02: Boxer Dmitry Bivol looks on during the press conference announcing the May 7th Canelo Alvarez v Dmitry Bivol fight at the Sheraton Hotel on March 2, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/Getty Images) ***Local Caption***

After throttling pound-for-pound, Canelo Alvarez, the WBA light heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol, has become one of the biggest draws in boxing. The champ has several opponents in a row to face next, but the recent announcement by another undefeated Mexican star, Gilberto Ramirez, has added more thrill to the ongoing turmoil of the light heavyweight division.

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The 31-year-old is coming out of an impressive win against Dominic Boesel. He stopped the latter in the fourth round and defended his position as a WBA mandatory challenger. Though the champ has earned numerous accolades and established a phenomenal record of 44-0 with 30 victories by Knockout, he could not leave his impression on the boxing world as he did not get a shot against any world-class boxer. This is the reason that Ramirez is aggressively pushing to get a shot against the new hero of boxing, Bivol.

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He said, “I appreciate the WBA and believe the right process will be followed. I’m confused about Bivol ducking me. I earned the WBA mandatory challenger position in the ring, not once, but twice. He’s been talking about fighting me for the last two years. It’s time.”

Furthermore, Ramirez added, “I am not surprised by Bob’s comments. Bivol can’t just demand what he wants to Top Rank. It just doesn’t work that way. Canelo didn’t commit to the rematch, so now I’m curious what other excuses he (Bivol) might make to avoid me.”

Notably, the Top Rank’s Bob Arum wanted Bivol to face Ramirez.

What’s next for Dmitry Bivol?

Dmitry Bivol’s eyes were set on the rematch with Canelo Alvarez. Since the undisputed super-middleweight champion has diverted his route to face his old rival, Gennady Golovkin. This has drastically changed the focus of Bivol, who is now looking to take a shot against the unified light heavyweight champion, Artur Beterbiev.

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YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA DECEMBER 12, 2021: Boxer Dmitry Bivol (C) wins a bout against boxer Umar Salamov for the WBA Super light heavyweight title as part of the RCC Boxing Promotions event at the Uralets cultural and entertainment centre. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

The undefeated Beterbiev is the biggest name in the light heavyweight division. Their clash for the undisputed title will certainly produce a spectacular showdown.

However, ahead of this probable bout, the certainty of Bivol facing Ramirez is coming closer.

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What do you make of Ramirez’s comment about Bivol? Do drop in your opinions in the comments below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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