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Eddie Hearn admits that Canelo Alvarez may have seen better days

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Eddie Hearn

Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 58-2-2 (39) will have to prove he’s still got it when he takes on John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder 32-5 (18) at Estadio Akron in Zapopan, Jalisco in Mexico on May 6.

That’s the opinion of promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.

“May 6 will tell us a lot about Canelo,” Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “Although Ryder is a massive underdog, he will give it [100%].

“I know him very well. He will give it everything.

“If Saul’s not on it, if Saul’s not quite right, if Saul hasn’t quite got the hunger, even if he wins, he may not do it convincingly against John Ryder.

“If he doesn’t do that, then you have to start looking at potential regression.”

Alvarez jumped up to light heavyweight one year ago to challenge WBA champion Dmitry Bivol 21-0 (11). He lost the bout on points 115-113 on all three judges’ scorecards, but the bout seemed wider than that.

Alvarez has been adamant that he wants a second crack at Bivol, with the Russian reportedly prepared to drop down to the 168-pound weight class to make the bout happen.

“If he goes out and looks great against John Ryder then all of a sudden, he goes into the Bivol fight with confidence,” Hearn continued.

“But he’s adamant. I honestly could say to Saul and I could sit Eddy Reynoso down and go, ‘Listen, I think this is a bad idea (to fight Bivol), you boxed him once at 175 and he won pretty comfortably…’. They’ll just tell me to be quiet and just make the fight.

“They’re desperate for the chance at revenge.”

Bivol’s manager Vadim Kornilov is not convinced the rematch will happen after Alvarez was dominated the first time round.

“I do believe that Eddie, the fans and DAZN want the rematch,” Kornilov told The Ring. “There is no doubt this fight is attractive, as this is a fight Canelo clearly lost by majority of the rounds.

“I am sure Canelo personally wants revenge as well. At the same time, I don’t think Canelo’s team wants this fight and everything will be done to try to avoid this rematch and I don’t blame them.

“Canelo said in the press that he only lost by a couple of rounds in the fight, then he said he wanted to fight Dmitry next in May and now he’s all in.

“At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words.”

Alvarez, 32, insists he wants payback.

“Everybody knows I want that rematch with Bivol,” Alvarez said to TMZ Sports. “That’s my goal this year. We’ll see, but that’s my goal this year.”

In a separate interview with Little Giant Boxing, Kornilov said he doesn’t see the point of a rematch between his boxer and Alvarez.

“To be honest, I don’t really understand why Bivol would want to do it. I mean Bivol already beat him,” he said.

“He’s not as motivated [as before]. It’s not really that big of a challenge.”