It appears promoter Eddie Hearn sensed Dmitry Bivol was destined for large issues lengthy earlier than his career-defining victory over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The Russian scored a unanimous choice victory over pound-for-pound nice Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas to retain his WBA light-heavyweight title, however he was the betting underdog beforehand.
Hearn has shared a direct message (DM) he despatched to Bivol’s supervisor, Vadim Kornilov, virtually 5 years in the past suggesting he has been on the Matchroom Chairman’s for some time.
The DM merely learn: “Hi Vadim, I would like to talk with you about Bivol..”
At the time, Bivol had an 11-0 document and had turn into an interim world champion in 2016, being elevated to full champion in 2017 following Andre Ward’s retirement and Badou Jack’s choice to vacate his place as champion.
Fast ahead to 2022 and he took everybody abruptly by comprehensively outboxing Canelo over 12 rounds.
The Mexican had acknowledged he wished to try to turn into an undisputed champion within the light-heavyweight division having achieved the identical feat at 168lbs, however was Bivol too massive and too robust for him?
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Hearn says that for all of the analysing, nothing must be taken away from the winner.
“It’s easy to say after it, isn’t it? But no one was saying it’s a bridge too far before,” Hearn mentioned of Canelo transferring up in weight for the combat.
“There’s lots of people in boxing who thought this was going to be a very powerful combat, and a few even picked Dmitry Bivol [to win] however we are able to’t stand right here now and say ‘bridge too far’ as a result of if we had had this dialog [before the fight] we might’ve mentioned ‘oh, he’s an enormous favorite,’ which he was.
“We don’t know whether or not it was a combination of just a little little bit of tiredness from Saul, the load — I don’t know — did he have a very good camp? I don’t know.
“But let’s not take away from the brilliance of Dmitry Bivol. He was completely punch good. And I feel coming off the Craig Richards win and coming off the Lenin Castillo win, you wouldn’t have a look at him essentially and suppose he had a efficiency like that in him towards the pound-for-pound no. 1.
“It’s like Saul needs to handicap himself to have the hardest challenges, and that generally can backfire.
“So now we’ll have to sit down with Eddy (Reynoso) and say ‘do we want to activate the rematch or do we want to move to 168Ibs but I just can’t see him not wanting to avenge that defeat.”
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