Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has opened up for the first time about his shock loss against WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, hinting he ‘couldn’t train like usual’ for the fight.
The boxing superstar failed in his attempt to become a two-time champion at 175lbs with all three judges scoring the contest 115-113 after 12 rounds. Most observers had Bivol winning by a wider margin, however.
Canelo opted against pursuing an immediate rematch with the Russian and will instead partake in a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin on September 17 in Las Vegas.
The Mexican boxer has suggested that there was an issue with his training camp heading into his fight with Bivol but insisted he will not use that as an excuse for his first defeat since 2013.
“I lost because I lost, not for golf or nothing. I was golfing three years ago, and I won the undisputed [super middleweight] championship, so that’s not the reason,” Canelo told Fight Hub.
“There’s another reason, but I don’t want to say anything and make any excuses. I lost and that’s it. I got tired and that’s it. I couldn’t train like usual, but it is what it is. I lost but I’m going to get my chance again.”
The 31-year-old revealed that when he does fight Bivol again, it will be at light-heavyweight, shutting down talk of a rematch taking place at his preferred weight of 168lbs.
“It’s not eating a vegan diet or nothing about that, it’s other things,” Cancelo said. It’s not that [overtraining], it’s other things. I don’t want to say anything. I don’t want excuses. I want to fight in his division,” Canelo said.
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“It’s not that [overtraining], it’s other things. I don’t want to say anything. I don’t want excuses. I want to fight in his division.”
In the meantime, Bivol is likely to travel to the UK to take on undefeated British Olympian Joshua Buatsi, who picked up a 12-round decision win over his compatriot, Craig Richards in May.