By Keith Idec
Oscar De La Hoya feels Gennady Golovkin has done more than enough talking.
It’s time, Canelo Alvarez’s promoter said, for Golovkin to channel his anger toward trying to knock out Alvarez in their middleweight championship rematch September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
De La Hoya explained his take on Golovkin’s extreme criticism of Alvarez in recent months during a video interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, which was posted Monday.
“Look, I understand Triple-G coming strong at Canelo and doubting him and talking negatively about him,” De La Hoya said. “It’s all part of the game. … Look, if an opponent of mine, when I was fighting – at least I had the decency not to really talk bad about [Fernando] Vargas. I mean, what I did, I didn’t talk bad about him. I just knocked him out in our fight [in September 2002]. So look, if there’s anything negative that you have to say, say it inside the ring and try and knock out Canelo.
“Because I’ll tell you one thing, Kevin, Canelo is so pissed off that he’s not gonna talk anymore. He’s already held a press conference and apologized to everyone, and he did it sincerely. He’s gonna go in there and, believe me, September 15th he’s gonna go and try and knock out Triple-G. And I’m sure and I hope that Triple-G just tries to do the same thing. And therefore, we’re gonna have an amazing fight.”
The 27-year-old Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) held a press conference April 3 at Golden Boy Promotions’ headquarters in Los Angeles to announce he had withdrawn from his May 5 rematch against Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs). The Mexican superstar had been advised that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would extend his temporary suspension at its monthly meeting two weeks later in Las Vegas.
The NSAC suspended Alvarez for six months for testing positive twice for clenbuterol in February. Alvarez claims contaminated meat consumed in Mexico caused him to test positive.
An angry Golovkin doesn’t believe Alvarez’s excuse and has repeatedly referred to the former middleweight and junior middleweight champion as “a cheater.” If nothing else, this controversy has generated more interest in their rematch than their first fight, which resulted in a controversial draw September 16 at T-Mobile Arena.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.