Canelo Alvarez has acknowledged that coping with his sole defeat in the boxing ring in nearly a decade was a challenging experience.
The reigning undisputed champion in the 168-pound division faced a setback in May 2022, when he moved up to the light heavyweight category to challenge Dmitry Bivol, one of the division’s titleholders.
Alvarez suffered a unanimous loss after a grueling 12-round match, with all three judges scoring it 115-113 in favor of the Russian opponent.
This defeat came right after Alvarez had achieved the remarkable feat of unifying the super middleweight division by defeating Caleb Plant in November 2021.
“Obviously, nobody is prepared to lose, right?” Alvarez said told Showtime’s All Access series for Alvarez-Charlo.
“Obviously I was very hurt by the defeat but in the end, you have to accept it.
“And you also have to look at the circumstances in which I lost, moving up in weight and trying to continue making history. “You have to see how you lost and also accept it and take it like a man and move on. It doesn’t stop there.”
Prior to this, Alvarez had only experienced one other loss in his career, which occurred in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather.
The prospect of a rematch doesn’t seem likely in the near future, given that Alvarez recently inked a three-fight deal with Al Haymon‘s Premier Boxing Champions, while Bivol is aligned with Eddie Hearn‘s Matchroom Boxing.
Alvarez’s first fight under this new agreement is set to take place on September 30 against Jermell Charlo, the undisputed 154-pound champion, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.