By Miguel Rivera
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), is hoping his boxer makes a huge statement on September 15th.
Canelo will face IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) in a rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In the first bout, which took place in September 2017, the bout ended in a controversial twelve round split draw.
De La Hoya expects a lot of fireworks in the fight - because the two boxers do not like each other at the moment.
"Right now, they do not respect each other. For me, when two fighters are not giving any respect, it means that we are going to see a great fight," said De La Hoya to ESPN Deportes.
"It's going to be a difficult fight, which we hope will be a continuation of the first and due to that, obviously, people will enjoy it a lot."
Golovkin has publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with how Canelo and his team handled the first bout - claiming that Canelo "ran" and refused to engage in a "Mexican style" of fighting.
To prevent any doubt about the outcome, De La Hoya says a knockout ending is necessary
"It was a very close fight, very exciting. What happens is that people were not happy with the decision. But, for me, Canelo won by one or two points max," said De La Hoya.
"I hope that this September 15th, Canelo will come out with a lot of energy, throwing a lot of punches, combinations and looks to knock out Golovkin. That's what he has to do: knock him out. We know that Golovkin is going to come forward, he's going to throw a lot of punches. So Canelo has to be in there with more desire, more energy to try to counteract it."