Footage emerges of Canelo Alvarez’s trainer telling him he can’t knockout Dmitry Bivol before the final round, while the Russian is told ‘now is the time’ by his trainer
Fighters often look to their corner for guidance during a fight, but it seems the trainers of Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol had quite contrasting methods of motivation.
Canelo and Bivol clashed last weekend and it was the Russian who came out on top, putting in a punch perfect performance to defeat his Mexican rival and defend his WBA light heavyweight world title.
It was a frustrating night for Canelo, as he failed to really get a grip on the fight, being out-landed in every single round.
By the time the fight approached the championship rounds, it was clear to everyone at ringside and watching on TV, apart from apparently the judge’s who had some suspect scorecards, that Bivol was winning the fight comfortably.
To spur Bivol on and maintain his momentum going into the final few rounds, the Russian’s trainer is heard telling him: “Let’s go, it’s round ten, now is the time.”
In contrast, Canelo’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, took a different approach, as he seemed just as frustrated as his fighter.
“It’s the last f****** round!” Reynoso exclaimed. “Son, it’s the final round, show the best version of yourself here.
“Do things right. Two shots and move. He’s heavier than you and you can’t knock him out now.
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“Three f****** minutes, use them well OK. Use your head, man.”
Canelo went on to lose the final round on all three judge’s scorecards, which led to his defeat by unanimous decision.
This was only the second defeat of Canelo’s 61-fight career, having lost against Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013, but the Mexican is determined to redeem himself in a rematch.
“This doesn’t end in this way,” Canelo said at the post-fight press conference. “I’m a very competitive person, I’ve got many years ahead of me and I’m gonna come back stronger.
“We want the rematch and we want to do much better in the rematch.”
Bivol is also open to a second fight, but said that he wants to do it at Canelo’s more natural weight of 168 lbs with the undisputed super middleweight titles on the line.
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