In less than a day’s time, Canelo Alvarez is all set to make his comeback inside the ring as he takes on John Ryder in a twelve-round boxing bout. This highly anticipated super middleweight matchup will take place at the Akron Stadium in Canelo’s hometown Guadalajara, Mexico.
Saul is finally returning to Mexico after twelve long year’s and it is needless to say that the atmosphere in the stadium will likely be electric as he steps inside the ring. As we lead up to this fight, Canelo spent some time and answered some questions from a group of interviewers. During this virtual interview, Canelo spoke about his loss against Dmitry Bivol that took place last year.
The Mexican champion claimed that he is much better than Bivol and explained the reason why he wants to fight him in a rematch. “I think I’m better than him. That’s it. If you see the first five rounds, six rounds, I’m dominating the fight. But then I get tired, probably because I [didn’t] train like a hundred percent. But I think I’m better than him and that’s it.”
Canelo also added that he wants to fight Bivol at 175lbs and does not like the idea of the Russian light-heavyweight dropping down a weight class to compete, “You know, I want the same terms, the same everything as the last fight. Right now, I’m focused a hundred percent on John Ryder because, you know, it’s boxing and you never know. But Bivol, I [want] to have the rematch with Bivol [on] the same terms.”
Canelo Alvarez reveals the potential reason why he lost to Dmitry Bivol
Canelo Alvarez was on an incredible winning run until he collided against Dmitry Bivol last year. The Mexican boxer went out of his comfort zone to fight the Russian at 175 lbs in an attempt to become the WBA super light heavyweight champion. However, Bivol shocked the entire world as he outclassed Canelo and won the fight via unanimous decision.
One year has passed since the major upset of Alvarez. In a recent interview, Canelo revealed that his lingering left wrist injury was probably the reason behind his loss. The Mexican champion was unable to train to his fullest strength due to the injury and he believes that it played a major role in how the fight played out.
“I think in the training camp for the fight with Bivol. I didn’t train one hundred percent, the sparring, and everything. You know, at the end of the day, it is what it is. It happened. But right now, you know, I’m a hundred percent able to train a hundred percent. And that motivates me a lot,” added the Mexican.
As of now, Canelo is focused on his upcoming fight against Ryder. But after this fight, we might see the Mexican champion pushing for the Bivol rematch as he wants to settle the score.