Alvarez insisted on the inclusion of a rematch clause prior to agreeing to fight Bivol, and declared he intended to trigger the conditions to secure a rematch. However, Bivol is unsure there will be a second instalment of their budding rivalry. 

“I have a clause in my contract, according to which I am obliged to give Alvarez a rematch,” Bivol admitted. “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.”

Alvarez is also being tipped to pursue a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin after the Kazakh defeated Ryota Murata in their super-middleweight unification clash last month.