Undisputed world tremendous middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez of Mexico will battle undefeated Russian Dmitry Bivol for his World Boxing Affiliation light-heavyweight title on Could 7, Alvarez confirmed Friday.
“It’s taking place! #CaneloBivol I’ll battle this upcoming Could seventh towards Dmitry Bivol,” Alvarez tweeted.
Alvarez claimed the undisputed title within the 168-pound division final November by stopping American Caleb Plant within the 11th spherical, bettering to 57-1 with two drawn and 39 knockouts together with his eighth win in a row.
Now the 31-year-old Mexican icon will soar to the 175-pound division to tackle 31-year-old Bivol, who’s 19-Zero with 11 knockouts.
It will likely be the Russian’s fourth protection of the crown he obtained in 2019.
ESPN, citing unnamed sources, stated Alvarez has signed a two-fight deal that will see him face Kazakhstan’s Gennadiy Golovkin for the third time on September 17 at 168 kilos.
Golovkin, the Worldwide Boxing Federation middleweight (160-pound) champion, is 41-1-1 with 36 knockouts and has already fought to a draw with Alvarez in 2017 and misplaced to the Mexican star in 2018 by majority determination.
The report stated Golovkin, 39, is finalizing phrases on an April title unification battle in Japan towards World Boxing Affiliation champion Ryota Murata (16-2 with 13 knockouts) and solely after a victory there would he battle Alvarez.
A 3rd Alvarez-Golovkin bout figures to be an enormous pay-per-view moneyspinner simply because the prior two bouts had been.