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Drozd allowed the rematch between Bivol and Álvarez with the Russian flag and anthem

Drozd allowed the rematch for the WBA belt between Bivol and Álvarez with the Russian flag and anthem

The former WBC world boxing champion called the last fight a “great fight” and noted that Saúl Álvarez was absolutely helpless in the fight against Russian Dmitry Bivol. If there is a revenge, then with the Russian flag and anthem, says Grigory Drozd.

Dmitry Bivol (Photo: Global Look Press)

The rematch between the Russian Dmitry Bivol and the Mexican Saúl Álvarez must take place on Bivol’s terms, with the Russian flag and anthem. This was announced to RBC Sport by former WBC World Boxing Champion (2014-2016) and sports official Grigory Drozd.

“The big battle before the big party. Dima is just great, she didn’t give Álvarez a chance. I was a little surprised at how defenseless Alvarez looked in this fight. First of all, Dima built a very good defense, Álvarez only had a couple of shots on goal, the rest were missed or with the gloves. Dima showed boxing of the highest class, he is an invincible champion by right. Even if there is revenge, only on Dima’s terms, with a flag, an anthem. But in this rematch, Alvarez will have few opportunities,” said Drozd.

Taktarov called Bivol “Improved Rocky” after winning the championship fight

Bivol defeated Álvarez on May 8 in Las Vegas and defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight (up to 79.38 kg) title. The Russian won Álvarez by unanimous decision. All three judges gave Bivol the win – 115:113, 115:113, 115:113.

Álvarez is the absolute world champion in the second middleweight (up to 76.2 kg). At stake in this fight was only Bivol’s belt.

Bivol defended his WBA Super Champion title last December by defeating his compatriot Umar Salamov in Yekaterinburg. In total, the 31-year-old boxer has 20 wins from 20 fights in the professional ring.


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