Canelo says Golovkin’s opposition, not weight, is delaying their fight
LAS VEGAS – Is the weight worth the wait?
That’s the question that is on everyone’s mind when it comes to a potential fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. The dispute regarding what weight the highly anticipated fight will be at has caused a major snag in potential negotiations. In the interim, Canelo will square off with Amir Khan on Saturday as he headlines the first major fight at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena.
But that fight will be at a catchweight of 155 pounds despite Canelo being the holder of The Ring, WBC and lineal middleweight titles. What complicates things further is the fact that Canelo is known to blow up to the size of a light heavyweight on fight night.
But if you ask boxing’s current pay-per-view star, it’s all about comfort.
“I’m a 154 pounder and that’s where I feel comfortable,” Canelo said. He also recognizes that he’s been crowned as boxing’s biggest attraction. And because of his “A-side” status, he is able to dictate the rules of engagement. It’s a lesson that he learned from Floyd Mayweather Jr. and he refuses to concede anything that would harm his position. After all, when you want a crack at the star and wish to become a marquee attraction, you have to earn it. And, in Canelo’s opinion, Golovkin has yet to earn it.
“I’ve fought the best,” Canelo said when asked about Golovkin. “I’ve never been afraid of anyone. My record speaks for itself. You look at my last 10 opponents compared to his last 10 opponents and you guys can see it. There’s no reason to be afraid of him.”
Despite Triple G owning a perfect record of 35-0 (32 knockouts) with an ongoing streak of 22 consecutive stoppages, Canelo does have a bit of a point. The 25 year old’s previous 10 opponents include a litany of last names that are recognizable: Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, Alfredo Angulo, Mayweather, Austin Trout, Josesito Lopez, Shane Mosley, Kermit Cintron and Alfonso Gomez. Meanwhile, you’ll be hard pressed to find a fighter on Golovkin’s resume that even a boxing fan can recognize.
Bernard Hopkins echoed his fighter’s sentiments by calling back to the time he cut down to 158 pounds to face Oscar De La Hoya with the understanding that a couple pounds would go a long way to enhancing his profile.
“It’s not too premature to fight [Golovkin],” Hopkins said. “Both sides have to come to a reasonable, common weight that both are comfortable at. Who’s the star? The superstar fighting on Cinco de Mayo carries the numbers and is the guy.”
But Canelo didn’t discuss the weight issue as much as he did with the issue that GGG isn’t deserving because of his resume.
“If it were about business and money we would have done (a fight with Golovkin) already because the fans want to see it,” Canelo said. “But it’s not about that. He needs to work his way up and earn that shot.”
RingTV.com asked Canelo who Golovkin would have to fight in order to get his attention and the prideful Mexican preferred to explain the kind of opponent he shouldn’t fight rather than offer any names.
“He would have to fight someone who has the skills to test him,” Alvarez said. “He has all these knockouts but who has he fought? A lot of guys that stand in front of him and just let him knock them out.”
Although both sides agree the fight will eventually happen, it will be interesting to see who blinks first when it comes to negotiations.