Now that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has proven his point, beating Amir Khan with a vicious sixth round knockout, the 25-year old Spanish champ is now shifting his focus on undefeated middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Alvarez hopes that Golovkin would accept his offer for an unification bout that will also put at stake the Kazakhstani’s unblemished record of 35 wins and zero loss. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who represents Alvarez, told ESPN that they could meet with Golovkin’s camp and make the necessary adjustments just to make the fight a reality.
“Those negotiations will happen behind closed doors, and when we come to an agreement, we will let everyone know. That’s the fight to make. [Sunday] I will make the call. I will start negotiating, and I really hope we can make an agreement. If that’s the fight Canelo wants, I will get some well-deserved rest and when I wake up start making some phone calls,” De La Hoya said.
Should Alvarez fail to grant Golovkin the mandatory fight, he would be stripped of his title as per guidelines set by the WBC. Thus, De La Hoya must make the fight happen though some observers say that the Golden Boy is not so keen in booking the fight but with the result Saturday night, things might change for the boxer turned promoter.
He insisted that weight will not become an issue once Golovkin accepts the fight and De La Hoya is making sure that the fight venue will be able to cater more fight fans such as the one that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has.
“There’s not going to be any issues. No weight issues,” Alvarez said. “We’ll go with an offer and see if the fight can get made. I have a team, obviously, but for me there’s no issue. I’ll fight him at 160. Now, we’ll sit down as a team and discuss it,” De La Hoya explained.
Chris Mannix of The Vertical stated that the Alvarez-Golovkin fight has been a long overdue fight that fans wanted to see. Alvarez for his part stated that he fears no one and added that he came into the sport not just to play but to win titles as well. He even taunts Golovkin to prove his worth now and take the fight against him so that they could settle their issues once and for all.
“Like we say in Mexico, ‘We don’t [expletive] around’. I don’t fear anyone. We don’t come to play in this sport; I fear no one in this sport…right now I will put on the gloves again,” Alvarez added.
On the other hand, Golovkin was the first of the two fighters to call out for the fight to happen. It would be remembered that immediately after the win over Dominic Wade last April 23; Golovkin wants the fight with Alvarez to happen as soon as possible.
“I feel great. I’m here now, and I’m here to stay. I’m not going anywhere. Give me my belt, give me my belt! Let’s fight,” Golovkin stated, clearly sending the message to Alvarez.
The 34-year old fighter stressed that he is ready and believes that he can knock out Alvarez and unify all titles under his waist. Golovkin even stipulated that when he beat Alvarez, he would go after Floyd Mayweather, who has been enjoying his retirement promoting his own set of boxers.
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