Undefeated middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin is calling out one of the sport’s stars: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
With a fight set for this weekend against Dominic Wade, the 34-year-old tells the L.A. Times that his sights are set on Canelo next. Hen even goes as far as to say Canelo is not a true middleweight.
“I’m a middleweight. So let’s settle who’s the best middleweight. Canelo? He’s a big idol … is he really a junior-middleweight? Come on, guys. Let’s fight. You don’t want the fight, I understand, you’re 100% a businessman. So go fight Manny Pacquiao. But I wait, I’ve been waiting … let’s go fight.”
Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) wants to unify the middleweight division. The Mexico-based WBC has ruled that Alvarez has 15 days after his expected victory over Khan to begin negotiations with Golovkin or the belt will be stripped and given to Golovkin.
That was the same case after the Alvarez-Cotto fight, but Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya struck a deal to extend the arrangement.
Golovkin also speculates that a loss to him would badly hurt Canelo’s career, and for that reason, Golden Boy doesn’t want to make the fight happen any time soon.
“I understand this decision is maybe 20% Canelo’s and 80% [his promoter], Golden Boy. 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.”