Eddie Hearn Predicts Canelo Will Have Difficulty Facing Bivol. Eddie Hearn voices concern about what Canelo Alvarez will face next week when he climbs to 175 lb to challenge WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on May 7. Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) and his coach/manager Eddy Reynoso felt they knew what they were getting into by choosing Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) as their next opponent. However, if they were wrong. Canelo could be involved in a firefight that would be disastrous. Canelo doesn’t need to take this fight against 31-year-old Bivol, as he can hold on to 168 lb and retain four of his belts. Some boxing fans believe Canelo is caught between a rock and a hard place at 168 lb.
If the Mexican star survives at super-middleweight, he will be in the unpleasant position of having to face the winner of the May 21 bout between David Benavidez and David Lemieux next. It is widely believed Canelo doesn’t want the part of Benavidez because he is too big, too young, and too strong. Also, Benavidez’s punch output is too high for Canelo. With Canelo going up to 175 to fight Bivol, he didn’t have to worry about getting hurt.
“Obviously, the Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy is up there, an undeniable potential fight at 175 pounds. That guy can really do what he wants. He has to win next week.” Eddie Hearn told Fight Hub TV about Canelo Alvarez’s options if he passes Dmitry Bivol next week on May 7. “I will tell you this Bivol fight is a very, very tough fight,” continued Hearn of Canelo’s next opponent.
Golovkin will be the Next Opponent for Canelo at 168
“Dmitry Bivol is fresh; he’s young, he’s big, he hits hard, he has amazing feet. It was a very good match between two elite fighters. Canelo was very difficult to beat. I really believe we’ll be getting a thriller next week in Vegas,” Hearn said of the Canelo vs. Bivol fight.
“I thought it was a good performance,” said Hearn of Golovkin’s rematch against WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata on April 9. “Gennadiy always starts slowly but also remembers two things. Number one, he hasn’t boxed for over four hundred days. Number two, he went to that guy’s backyard to fight him. He had a slow start, he was beaten a bit, and he went into gear, knocked the guy down, and unified the division. Is Gennadiy as fresh as it used to be? Maybe not, but he’s very dangerous. I think he’d be perfect for going up to 168 pounds since he’s made 160 for most of his life. I think it will be very interesting if Canelo Alvarez can beat Bivol next week to make a trilogy fight at 168. ” Hearn said, “Yes,” when asked if the Canelo vs Golovkin III fight would take place at 168.