ANGELES: Canelo Álvarez is hurting after his first loss in almost a decade, and he’s nonetheless offended about all the pieces that’s occurred throughout 5 years of combating and arguing with Gennady Golovkin.
Álvarez says he’s decided to channel all of these dangerous emotions right into a spectacular knockout win over Golovkin once they full their rivalry trilogy on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.
The Mexican celebrity declared his third combat with Golovkin to be a grudge match Friday as they started selling their showdown with a information convention in Hollywood. Álvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) was overwhelmed in beautiful vogue by gentle heavyweight Dmitry Bivol seven weeks in the past, however he assured he’ll “positively” punch the 40-year-old Golovkin into retirement by stopping him for the primary time in his profession.
“(It is going to be) so candy,” Álvarez mentioned. “For me, it’s going to be very satisfying due to all the pieces that’s come round this combat.”
Álvarez’s private dislike of Golovkin appeared awfully real, even whereas Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) downplayed any private animus. The fighters stood nose-to-nose and immobile on stage in Hollywood for almost two full minutes earlier than a reasonably terse information convention.
Neither fighter can deny their rivalry has included years of trash speak, significantly after Canelo’s failed drug check in 2018, previous the one lack of Golovkin’s profession.
“He all the time pretends to be a pleasant man in entrance of individuals, however he’s a (jerk),” Álvarez mentioned. “That’s what he’s. I don’t faux to be good. That is who I’m. I don’t faux to be one other individual, and he’s all the time pretending in entrance of you, ‘Oh, I’m a pleasant man.’ He’s not.”
They’ve additionally met in two extremely shut fights that stand among the many finest moments of each fighters’ careers. The primary bout in 2017 was dominated a break up draw, whereas Álvarez gained the rematch by a slender majority determination.
Golovkin sought a 3rd combat a lot sooner than Álvarez. The coronavirus pandemic performed a job in Álvarez’s determination to attend 4 years for the rubber match, however he additionally admits he waited partly as a result of he merely doesn’t like Golovkin.
Golovkin dismisses Álvarez’s daring statements a couple of knockout as combat posturing.
“If it’s so private for him, my query is why was he laying aside the (third combat) for therefore lengthy?” Golovkin requested by his interpreter. “If it’s private, you must ask him why.”
Álvarez says it’s as a result of he was busy rounding up all 4 tremendous middleweight title belts in 2021 — but it surely’s additionally due to Golovkin’s trash speak, significantly in languages apart from English. Álvarez wasn’t particular about what feedback set him off.
Golovkin reacted to his 2018 loss to Canelo with attribute cool, but he has fought solely 4 instances within the ensuing 4 years whereas he sought the possibility for redemption and the large payday supplied by a 3rd combat with Álvarez. Golovkin took 2021 off earlier than returning to the ring final April with a ninth-round stoppage of Ryota Murata.
“From an emotional standpoint, I’ve fully cooled down,” Golovkin claimed. “I consider it’s simply one other combat. However I used to be nonetheless combating, and he was collaborating in golf tournaments. That’s one thing he ought to do, however leaping round in weight lessons, I don’t know.”
Golovkin’s remark was veiled shade at Álvarez, whose near-daily golf behavior grew to become a well-liked factor in charge for his shocking loss to Bivol final month. Álvarez mentioned he completely gained’t cease taking part in golf, however he intends to enhance the conditioning that left him visibly wearier because the combat with Bivol went on.
“He all the time talks about I’m scared, I’m working away,” Álvarez mentioned. “(He says) I’m not combating the perfect guys on the market, (whereas) he’s combating these Class D fighters. He’s speaking a variety of issues about me, in order that’s why it’s particular to me.”
Golovkin will transfer as much as tremendous middleweight for the primary time in his profession for the third bout with Álvarez, who holds all 4 main championship belts at 168 kilos. Golovkin was the long-reigning kingpin of the middleweight division earlier than his loss to Álvarez, however he has since reclaimed two of the belts.
Each fighters dwell in Southern California. They’ll meet once more on Monday in New York.