WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is going in a different direction when it comes to his pick for the upcoming mega-fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs).
The fight is scheduled to take place on September 16th as part of Mexican Independence Day weekend, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In the contest Golovkin will defend all four of his middleweight world titles, under the WBC, WBA, IBO and IBF.
HBO Pay-Per-View will produce and distribute the event.
A while back, Wilder was siding with Golovkin to overcome Canelo is the two boxers every faced each other - but he now believes that Canelo has the edge in the contest - likely after watching the most recent performances by both boxers.
"Man, you know, I like Triple G. I like what he do and stuff like that - but I also like Canelo though. I think I’m gonna go with Canelo. I probably wouldn’t have said that a year ago or something like that. I like Triple G, I like everything about him. He's a cool dude. I linked up with him many a time and seen him in different areas. He's just a nice guy and Canelo is too. But on this one I got to go with Canelo,” said Wilder to This is 50.
"I'm glad this fight is being made. It's good for the sport. I'm the type of guy where I can be happy for a fighter. I'm not that guy that if they win, I go in and pick out their flaws."
Golovkin had some struggles in his recent victories over Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs. Brook moved up by two weight divisions to challenge Golovkin last September in London. Brook was doing well until he suffered a fractured orbital bone. And in March, Jacobs ended Golovkin 23 fight knockouts streak by taking GGG the full twelve round distance in a competitive fight.