Canelo Alvarez to activate rematch clause after Dmitry Bivol batters boxing star

Canelo Alvarez confirmed he will activate his rematch clause after boxing's pound-for-pound king was outpointed by Dmitry Bivol.

The undisputed super-middleweight champion suffered his first loss since 2013 and only the second of his career as he stepped up to light-heavyweight. He'd taken on more than he could chew in WBA (Super) champion Bivol, who was dominant in the unanimous decision victory.

After all three judges scored it 115-113 in the Russian's favour, Canelo announced his intention to immediately active the option of a rematch which had been included in his contract for the fight. Bivol, who is now 20-0, was also keen to run it back.

It puts the Mexican's plans for a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin, which had already been lined up as his next bout, on hold for now. "It can't end like this," Canelo said post-fight.

"I lost today and he won. No excuses. That's what happens in boxing, you win and lose. He's a great fighter.

“I’m very proud and competitive. I’ve gone up and fought at 175lbs, I’ve gone out of my comfort zone to fight at a weight that’s not mine, there’s no shame in that. I’m looking for challenges that others would be scared to take on because they might lose."

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Bivol apologised for ruining the set-up which had assumed Canelo would continue his winning streak in Las Vegas. "Eddie Hearn, sorry I broke your plans with Gennady Golovkin, maybe," he said.

"Thank you Canelo and his team. He's a great champion and I respect him. I respect all his team."

Hearn had already made it clear ahead of the bout that Canelo would be taking up the rematch option if he was beat, labelling it a "no-brainer"

The promoter said: “I’ll tell you now if Canelo Alvarez gets beat on Saturday, any rematch is absolutely huge because it would be a shock. If he gets beat, it would be in a thrilling fashion because he’s that good and that tough to beat.

“It’s a different type of rematch clause in this contract versus some others. But in any Canelo fight, if he gets beat, the money for the rematch is so big, it’s a no-brainer."

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