Eddie Hearn Confirms There Is A Rematch Clause In Place For Canelo Bivol 2 But Without Specific Terms
In the aftermath of Dmitry Bivol‘s masterful performance to retain his WBA Light Heavyweight title with a conclusive unanimous decision over 44-0 ‘Zurdo’, Gilberto Ramirez, Eddie Hearn confirmed to boxing media that there was a rematch clause in place for Canelo Bivol 2.
When asked to specify the nature of that rematch clause, Hearn stated that whilst they “Do have an agreement in place to look at the Canelo Alvarez fight”, however, it does not appear that the terms are already set and according to Hearn they would have to be “acceptable to Dmitry Bivol” for the fight to happen.
From the outside looking in, the terms of the rematch clause look to be subject to negotiations and not concrete at all, therefore Bivol could definitely look to face IBF, WBC, and WBO champion Artur Beterbiev next if both parties want to do so.
Hearn also suggested that they could explore Canelo Bivol 2 at 168 as Bivol’s goal is to become undisputed and this would be one way to achieve that.
Beterbiev would be taking part in Ramadan after his fight with Anthony Yarde and so an undisputed clash with Bivol wouldn’t be a possibility until the second half of the year anyway, likely in August/September. Bivol will likely have another fight in between, which could very likely be the rematch with Alvarez.
Should Canelo Bivol 2 not materialise, Bivol’s relationship with Matchroom/Hearn gives him the option to face either Callum Smith or Joshua Buatsi in the spring either in the UAE or the UK.