Eddie Hearn has what he feels is the best career move for Canelo Alvarez, but it will be up to the Mexican superstar to decide if he wants to follow through with it.
Alvarez, the undisputed 168-pound champion, is coming off an upset loss earlier this month at the hands of Dmitry Bivol in their 12-round light heavyweight title bout for Bivol’s WBA 175-pound belt at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Bivol won on scorecards that read 115-113 across the board.
A rematch could potentially take place in the fall should Alvarez decide that he wants to activate the rematch clause in his contract. Alvarez is currently under contract with Hearn for the next two fights. Originally, Alvarez was expected to defeat Bivol so that it would pave the way for Alvarez to face Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy bout in the fall. Hearn made it clear in a recent interview that Canelo-Golovkin remains his personal preference.
“If I was advising him, or if he actually listened to what I thought – he would ask me my opinion. As I had said, we don’t make the decision – I would probably go Triple G-[Canelo Alvarez in the fall],” Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show.
Hearn has stated in another interview that he believes Alvarez’s loss actually makes his fight with Golovkin “bigger.” The two rivals drew in their first meeting at middleweight in 2017. Alvarez won the second one by majority decision in 2018.
If Alvarez does indeed decide to opt for Golovkin, Hearn said he has a backup plan for Bivol. It would, roughly speaking, consist of fighting against the winner of the light heavyweight contest by British contenders Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards or Callum Smith or Gilberto Ramirez. Bivol defeated Richards by unanimous decision last May. Smith is a client of Hearn, while Ramirez is backed by Golden Boy Promotions, which like Hearn, has a deal with the streaming platform DAZN.
Buatsi and Richards are set to face each other this Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.
“We would probably give Dmitry Bivol a big fight in September, October, whether that’s Buatsi-Richards winner, whether that’s Callum Smith, whether that’s Ramirez,” Hearn said.
Hearn made it clear that he believes Alvarez can do no wrong with either option.
“The two biggest fights in boxing are Canelo against Triple G and Canelo against Bivol rematch,” Hearn said. “Of course, [heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk] as well. But these are really the biggest fights in boxing.”