By Rick Reeno
A few days ago, middleweight rivals Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) took part in a split-location press conference - that was streamed on Facebook.
Canelo has refused to take part in a joint press conference or any pre-fight functions with the media.
In a rematch, Golovkin will defend his IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight titles against Canelo on September 15th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
According to Golovkin, the Mexican superstar is doing everything possible to avoid the scenario of having to deal with answering questions that pertain to his failed drug tests or the tough negotiations to finalize the rematch.
Caneolo tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol back in February.
He's long claimed that his positive tests were a direct result of eating contaminated meat while training in Mexico.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed him a six month suspension, but he's capable of fighting again by August 17th.
Golovkin, however, is not buying Canelo's claims.
Instead of staying quiet, he accused the Mexican boxer of using performance enhancing drugs.
Canelo sees no reason to go face to face with Golovkin in a pre-fight setting, he just wants to do as much damage as possible when he meets the unified champion in the ring.
"He talks a lot right now that it doesn't make any sense [to face me before the fight], but it does make sense to stand face to face," Golovkin said.
"He understands the situation right now. He doesn't want to feel that pressure right now, because people are not stupid.
"He would be faced with some uncomfortable questions... people would be asking him questions and he doesn't have enough courage to look the truth in the face and face these unpleasant questions."
In September of 2017, Canelo and Golovkin fought to a controversial twelve round split draw.