Boxing: Canelo moves up weight to fight Dmitry Bivol for light heavyweight belt

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez (left) will fight the undefeated Russian Dmitry Bivol on May 7, 2022. PHOTOS: CANELO/INSTAGRAM, BIVOL_D/INSTAGRAM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Undisputed world super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez of Mexico will fight undefeated Russian Dmitry Bivol for his World Boxing Association light-heavyweight title on May 7, Alvarez confirmed on Friday (Feb 25).

"It's happening! #CaneloBivol I will fight this upcoming May 7th against Dmitry Bivol," Alvarez tweeted.

Alvarez claimed the undisputed title in the 168-pound (76kg) division last November by stopping American Caleb Plant in the 11th round, improving to 57-1 with two drawn and 39 knockouts with his eighth win in a row.

Now, the 31-year-old Mexican icon will jump to the 175-pound division to take on 31-year-old Bivol, who is 19-0 with 11 knockouts.

It will be the Russian's fourth defence of the crown he received in 2019.

ESPN, citing unnamed sources, also said Alvarez signed a two-fight deal that would see him face Kazakhstan's Gennadiy Golovkin for the third time on Sept 17 at 168 pounds.

Golovkin, the International Boxing Federation middleweight (160-pound) champion, is 41-1-1 with 36 knockouts and has already fought to a draw with Alvarez in 2017 and lost to the Mexican star in 2018 by majority decision.

The report said Golovkin, 39, is finalising terms on an April title unification fight in Japan against World Boxing Association champion Ryota Murata (16-2 with 13 knockouts) and only after a victory there would he fight Alvarez. A third Alvarez-Golovkin bout figures to be a huge pay-per-view money spinner just as the prior two bouts were.

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