Dmitry Bivol is still waiting to be paid following his shock victory over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
And he admits that he does not know when the money will arrive in his bank account.
The Russian upset the odds to beat the Mexican superstar pretty much punch for punch for large parts of their Las Vegas clash before being awarded the victory by a two-round margin.
But Bivol, who reportedly agreed a £4m fight purse, has revealed he is yet to receive the fee due to sanctions imposed on Russia following the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Bivol told the TASS news agency: “I was willing to earn a lot less just to get this fight.
“I needed this fight, it was the No.1 task. I think it’s very difficult [to be paid]. I haven’t faced this challenge yet because it hasn’t arrived yet.
“We are still thinking about how to do it. We didn’t think ahead because the situation is changing rapidly. I didn’t even think about it and said to my manager: Vadim [Kornilov], come on, this will be your headache’.”
Canelo Alvarez, 31, has a rematch clause in his contract and hinted that he could trigger it to fight Bivol next.
Dmitry Bivol beat Canelo Alvarez pretty much punch for punch
But the unbeaten 175lb champ isn’t sure if there will be a sequel as he insisted that the thought hasn’t even crossed his mind as of right now.
Bivol added: “I have a clause in my contract, according to which I am obliged to give Alvarez a rematch.
“We did not prescribe the conditions in advance, and this is good, I don’t even think about future plans now.
“Before each fight, I tune in and think that this is my last fight. Yes, there are some vague plans, but I am always in the mood as if this is the last fight.”
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes both boxers, believes there are only two options out there for Canelo – including a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin.
During a recent appearance on The DAZN Boxing Show, he said: “There’s two clear options now. One is to have the undisputed fight at 168, the trilogy with Gennady Golovkin, and then rematch Dmitry Bivol, because let me tell you, there is no way he is not rematching Dmitry Bivol. Or you go straight into the Dmitry Bivol fight.
“You go back to the GGG fight, before the Bivol fight when we were talking about Canelo-GGG it was, like, ‘That’s an easy fight for Canelo now,’ and you feel like if Canelo Alvarez would’ve beaten Bivol, he would’ve been a huge favorite going into that fight.
“Now, remarkably, there are question marks over Canelo Alvarez. ‘Could GGG beat him in the trilogy?’ That fight becomes a bit more competitive.
“This week is moving week for us to sit down with Saul and Eddy Reynoso and say, ‘What do we want to do?’
“Personally, I’m happy with either. The GGG fight is still probably the biggest fight in boxing. The Bivol fight is so dangerous, so tricky – Canelo would go into the Bivol fight an underdog for the first time in his career.”
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