What was rumored two weeks ago has now been officially confirmed. According to many, the best boxer in the world, Saul Canelo Alvarez, has signed a contract with DAZN, and Matchroom Boxing will be the promoter's house that will represent him in the next two matches.
According to information from ESPN's Mike Coppinger at the time, this is a deal worth at least $ 85 million. Even then, it was known who Canelo would fight with during those two matches, and that information was confirmed.
The Mexican will try out against Dmitry Bivol (19-0-0) in the first match. He is a WBA light heavyweight champion and currently undefeated boxer. Canelo has already won the light heavyweight title once. It was the WBO belt he reached in 2019, defeating Sergey Kovalev.
Bivol will be a real challenge for Canelo. The Russian will have a 12-centimeter advantage in height and four in arm span. According to Boxrec, Bivol is the third light heavyweight in the world, just behind Beterbie and Callum Smith.
Canelo and Bivol will be settled on May 7 (fifth month) this year. '' I am very happy with this fight against Bivol. It’s another big challenge for me and my career. Especially because I am going to a higher weight category and I will fight against an exceptional light heavyweight world champion like Bivol, '' Canelo told the media, while Bivol also spoke very quickly.
'' I've always wanted to fight the best. I believe that the rest of my goals will begin to materialize starting on May 7. "
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin
If Canelo manages to defeat him, another big match awaits him. Namely, his second opponent under the new contract will be an old acquaintance Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1).
The Kazakh and Canelo fought in 2017 and 2018. The first fight ended in a draw, and Canelo celebrated in the return match by a majority decision of the referees. We watched very close matches both times, and Golovkin thinks he was better in both.
However, in order for Golovkin and Canelo to fight, the Mexican needs to defeat Bivol, while Golovkin will have to beat Ryot Murat in the middleweight belt match. If all goes according to plan, Canelo and Golovkin will play their third match on September 17 (ninth month).
Mike Coppinger tweeted that Canelo and his coach/manager Eddy Reynoso are interested in a third match under the auspices of Matchroom. That fight would be done in the twelfth month, and a contract for three fights with the DAZN would be worth $ 160 million.