Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been warned that Dmitry Bivol is capable of achieving a more dominant victory in the return leg, which is likely to take place in America later this year.
Canelo suffered a shocking defeat by the Buffalo in their fight for the light heavyweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday night, and the Kyrgyz-born Russian secured the victory by unanimous decision.
Buffalo successfully defended his WBA crown and brought Alvarez only the second defeat of his career nine years after the first since Floyd Mayweather Jr.
All three judges recorded a 115-113 fight in favor of the Buffalo at the end of 12 rounds, and his record has now improved to 20 wins from 20 fights. Alvarez – who is widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world before the fight – falls to 57-2-2.
Buffalo promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy told Sky Sports: “We definitely saw one of Dmitry’s biggest fights, but to say it was the best would be to devalue his abilities and his ambitions.
“I believe his best is still ahead of us.”
Ryabinskiy also said he expects Buffalo to return to America for a return match with Canel.
“I would say the preparation process will take at least four to five months,” he said.
“And the place of the fight has yet to be decided, but it will most likely be in the United States.”
Both fighters want to fight in the ring again, and Alvarez answered the question if he wants a rematch: “Of course I do. This doesn’t end like this.”
He later repeated the message on Twitter with a post that, translated from Spanish, read: “I remain with the great fight we have offered to the people. We will fight again and we will win again.”
Buffalo also wants to face Canel once again. “Rematch? No problem,” he said. “I’m ready for a rematch, I just want to make sure I win and that they treat me like a champion now.”
Alvarez was the main favorite before the fight in the first fight, but rarely managed to find his way through Buffalo’s Defensive Guard and the Russian made good use of his shot to keep Alvarez on his heels, releasing bursts of blows to redden the man’s smaller face and persuade the judges to award him fight.
Asked if he felt he was now number 1 pound for pound in the world, Buffalo said, “To be honest, no. I just beat the guy who wanted my belt in my mind. And he was a super middleweight. And yes, he had is a light heavyweight belt. But I don’t feel like a king today. “
“If the rematch is going to happen, I just have to be sure that I will get what I deserve, because I don’t think that in any previous fight as a champion I got what I deserve.
“I’m glad I proved myself, I’m the best in my league and I keep this belt. He’s a great champion, I respect him and his whole team.
“If you don’t believe in yourself, what do you do? You don’t achieve anything. I believe and my team believed in me.”