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 determination 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, nearly 5 years in the past suggesting he has been on the Matchroom Chairman’s for some time.
The DM merely learn: “Hello Vadim, I wish to discuss with you about Bivol..”
On the time, Bivol had an 11-0 file and had grow to be an interim world champion in 2016, being elevated to full champion in 2017 following Andre Ward’s retirement and Badou Jack’s determination to vacate his place as champion.
Quick ahead to 2022 and he took everybody abruptly by comprehensively outboxing Canelo over 12 rounds.
The Mexican had said he wished to attempt to grow to be 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 needs to be taken away from the winner.
“It’s straightforward to say after it, isn’t it? However nobody was saying it’s a bridge too far earlier than,” Hearn mentioned of Canelo shifting 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’d’ve mentioned ‘oh, he’s an enormous favorite,’ which he was.
“We don’t know whether or not it was a mix of somewhat little bit of tiredness from Saul, the burden — I don’t know — did he have an excellent camp? I don’t know.
“However 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 take a look at him essentially and suppose he had a efficiency like that in him in opposition to the pound-for-pound no. 1.
“It’s like Saul needs to handicap himself to have the hardest challenges, and that typically can backfire.
“So now we’ll have to take a seat down with Eddy (Reynoso) and say ‘can we need to activate the rematch or can we need to transfer to 168Ibs however I simply can’t see him not eager to avenge that defeat.”
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