Eddie Hearn reveals DM sent to Dmitry Bivol’s team nearly five years before stunning Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez victory

Eddie Hearn reveals DM sent to Dmitry Bivol’s team nearly five years before stunning Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez victory

It seems promoter Eddie Hearn sensed Dmitry Bivol was destined for big things long before his career-defining victory over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The Russian scored a unanimous decision victory over pound-for-pound great Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas to retain his WBA light-heavyweight title, but he was the betting underdog beforehand.

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The loss to Bivol was just the second time Canelo has lost in his career, and the first time since 2013

Hearn has shared a direct message (DM) he sent to Bivol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, almost five years ago suggesting he has been on the Matchroom Chairman’s for a while.

The DM simply read: “Hi Vadim, I would like to talk with you about Bivol..”

At the time, Bivol had an 11-0 record and had become an interim world champion in 2016, being elevated to full champion in 2017 following Andre Ward’s retirement and Badou Jack’s decision to vacate his position as champion.

Fast forward to 2022 and he took everyone by surprise by comprehensively outboxing Canelo over 12 rounds.

The Mexican had stated he wanted to try and become an undisputed champion in the light-heavyweight division having achieved the same feat at 168lbs, but was Bivol too big and too strong for him?


Hearn says that for all the analysing, nothing should be taken away from the winner.

“It’s easy to say after it, isn’t it? But no one was saying it’s a bridge too far before,” Hearn said of Canelo moving up in weight for the fight. 

“There’s a lot of people in boxing who thought this was going to be a really tough fight, and some even picked Dmitry Bivol [to win] but we can’t stand here now and say ‘bridge too far’ because if we had had this conversation [before the fight] we would’ve said ‘oh, he’s a huge favourite,’ which he was.

“We don’t know whether it was a mixture of a little bit of tiredness from Saul, the weight — I don’t know — did he have a good camp? I don’t know. 

Bivol landed almost double the amount of punches Canelo did and deserves all the plaudits for his performance

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