Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is set to defend his titles on Saturday, April 23. The latest boxing news implies that he is already looking ahead for his next fight and calls out World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The 34-year-old Kazakhstani champion gave an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Monday and issued a challenge to Alvarez. “GGG” has been looking to fight “Canelo” and calls him a businessman for picking his opponents and not facing the best in the world.
“I understand this decision is maybe 20% Canelo’s and 80% Golden Boy (Promotions). It’s business, but it’s not respectful of boxing. Everyone says Canelo is a great champion, the idol of Mexico. The idol for what? For boxing? No. Or as a businessman? Right now, he looks like a businessman,” Golovkin said.
The Mexican’s camp comes up with reasons such as “Alvarez is not a true middleweight” and difficulty in negotiations for not fighting Golovkin.
“Canelo is not a middleweight. If Gennady really wants to make the fight, maybe we can talk about some catch-weight where Gennady comes down and Canelo goes up, but he’s truly a 154-pounder. If Canelo is giving up weight, Gennady should, too,” Golden Boy Promotion executive Eric Gomez said.
Boxing news at the moment is centered on Golovkin and Alvarez since they are going to be defending their titles as heavy favorites against viable challengers. Golovkin will face undefeated American boxer Dominic Wade while Alvarez will fight British welterweight Amir Khan, who’s moving up two weight divisions.
Many fans want to see both champions go at it in the ring and determine the best middleweight boxer in the world. One of them is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who wants the GGG vs. Canelo to happen at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, per Boxing News 24.
However, other venues such as MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Madison Square Garden in New York are other possibilities if the fight ever happens. WBC will strip Alvarez from his title 15 days after his expected win over Khan on May 7 if does not negotiate a fight Golovkin.
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