Via Sean Jones: Canelo Alvarez says Gennadiy Golovkin’s trio battle on September 17 was “personal” for him due to what he has said about him in the past.
After two bouts with Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), Canelo says he wants to close their opponents chapter this year once and for all.
Unfortunately, a large number of boxing fans believe that Canelo lost both and then deliberately wait until Golovkin is old and turned 40 before finally agreeing to face him for a third time.
Sadly, there’s not much Canelo can say to change fans’ minds, as they’ve had plenty of time to go head-to-head with GGG since their last contest in 2018.
People want to know WHY, With all the money and huge demand from DAZN and fans for a third Golovkin clash, why hasn’t Canelo been up against him in the last four years?
For example, why would Canelo choose to fight for less money against Avni Yildirim, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, then go against Golovkin for more money in a match that boxing fans & DAZN want?
It’s hard not to consider it Canelo’s avoidance part in choosing NOT to fight Golovkin as of 2018. Instead, engage in fewer battles against weak 168 lb champions like Plant, Saunders, Rocky Fielding, and Callum Smith.
Casual fans don’t understand why Canelo is hitting lower-paid boxers instead of going into a much bigger paycheck match with Golovkin over the past four years.
Fans don’t understand Why does Canelo prefer to fight the underdogs? like Avni Yildirim, Jacobs, Saunders, Callum, Rocky Fielding, and Sergey Kovalev in a fight he could have earned more money against Golovkin.
Has Canelo actively dumped Golovkin for the past 4 years, waiting for him to age? I don’t know, but it sounds weird, doesn’t it?
Canelo says the Golovkin war was ‘personal’
“We have this deal, and they want this fight with Golovkin, so I said, ‘Why not? Everyone wants that fight, right? ‘” Canelo Alvarez said to media when asked why he was picked to face Golovkin after four since their last match in 2018.
“Perhaps a little late [for the Golovkin trilogy], maybe not. People still want to fight, so why not,” continued Canelo. “That’s right,” Canelo said when asked if it was a matter of ‘still personal’ for him with GGG.
“He talks a lot of things ***, he says a lot of things, but we’ll see,” Canelo said of why he wanted to fight Golovkin for the third time. “First things first, right? We need to win on May 7,” said Canelo.
The things Golovkin said that confused Canelo were the same things that fans have said over the past four years.
Golovkin believes he deserves to win both matches against Canelo, which is understandable given that he appeared to win both.
In addition, Golovkin was displeased to learn of a positive Canelo test result for the banned performance enhancer clenbuterol in the past.
If the shoe was on the other foot and GGG tested positive for clenbuterol, Canelo probably wouldn’t be thrilled to hear about it, would he?
What would Canelo say if Golovkin blamed the undifferentiated test for clenbuterol for eating tainted beef? Will Canelo believe it or say he’s trying to explain the positive test result by making an excuse?
If Golovkin had said things that upset Canelo, didn’t he have a reason? Canelo would probably be furious if he fought Golovkin twice, he seems to have beaten him both times and failed to win. Golovkin should NOT be angry about that?
Did Canelo want Golovkin to just shut up and take it without speaking his mind?
“I’m 100% focused on this match,” Alvarez said of his header shot against 175lb WBA champion Dmitry Bivol. “It’s not an easy fight, it’s been a tough fight for me, but I’m 100% in this fight, and we’re talking about that fight. [with Golovkin].
“I hope so too.” Canelo said when asked if he thinks Golovkin will win his next bout against WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata on April 9.
Canelo want Golovkin to beat WBA 160-lb champion Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) or does he hope he loses so there’s no need to fight him on September 17?
Bivol’s WBA title will be on line
“It will be for the title,” Canelo said when asked if the match against Bivol would be for the WBA lightweight title on May 7. “I didn’t know what was going to happen or what had happened. I just prepared myself for the title, and that’s it,” Canelo said when asked if the World Boxing Association would sanction the match against Bivol.
“Don’t ask me about political things. I don’t know anything about it, and I don’t. I just wanted to prepare myself, and we’ll see,” Canelo said of whether the WBA would sanction his match against the 175lb Bivol champion.
“Not really, but I love being in the ring,” Canelo said when asked if he was a better fighter when he was busier. “I am at my peak, and I feel more confident in everything and stronger.
“I don’t know if it’s because I’m more active, but I feel like I’m at my peak.
“That’s a good idea for us, but I really want to be undisputed at 175,“Canelo said when asked if his goal is to be the undisputed champion in light heavyweight.
So far, the World Boxing Association has not said whether it will sanction the Canelo vs. Bivol for their 175 lb title or not. Unless the WBA issues a statement saying they won’t get what’s needed for their battle, it won’t be available.
Too bad Canelo didn’t enter a more dangerous bout with IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (17-0.17 KOs) on May 7 instead of the supposedly easier bout with Bivol.
With Beterbiev turning 37 years old, if Canelo doesn’t fight him soon, boxing fans will believe he purposely waited until he was old to enter that fight.
Canelo is expected to battle Jermall Charlo and David Benavidez in 2023, meaning he won’t be around to fight Beterbiev until 2024 at the earliest.
At that point, Beterbiev would be 39 years old and probably shot to pieces, ready to be defeated by Canelo just like Golovkin was now. If Canelo intentionally waited for Beterbiev to age before fighting him, it would be pathetic.
Canelo still wants Makabu in cruiser class
“Very serious,” Canelo said when asked how serious he is lately about wanting to be promoted to cruiser to challenge WBC champion Ilunga Makabu for a chance at his 5th world title.
Why on earth is Canelo still interested in fighting WBC cruiser class champion Makabu?
After the considerable backlash Canelo and his manager, Eddy Reynoso, received from the boxing world when they first floated the idea of fighting 34-year-old Makabu, why does he still care? That particular opponent?
Instead of fighting Makabu, Canelo and Reynoso should aim for the IBF class of cruisers Mairis Briedis or WBO . champion Lawrence Okolie. Fans will applaud Canelo if he plays against either of those champions, as they are highly rated.
“We can wait for that, but for me, this war [Bivol] makes more sense right now. But in the future, we will do it for sure“Canelo has made it clear that he will be promoted to cruiser to challenge Makabu for his WBC title.
“They made it clear in the statement they issued yesterday, so we’re going to follow the guidelines from them,” promoter Eddie Hearn said when asked if the WBA would sanction the Canelo vs. Bivol for their light heavyweight title or not.
“It is not that we dodge questions, but we are here to talk about the war on May 7 and they have issued instructions and we will follow them,” Hearn continued to make clear that he He wanted to focus more on the Canelo-Bivol fight than whether the WBA would sanction it as a title fight.