Golovkin: Canelo is Not Smart, He's Scared, Golden Boy is Scared!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (35-0, 32KOs), holder of the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight championships, came out swinging when discussing his current career rival, Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KOs).

Both fighters are scheduled to see action in the next few weeks. Their respective promoters have a verbal agreement in place to match their fighters next September.

Canelo will return to the ring on September 17th, when he challenges Liam Smith for the WBO junior middleweight world title at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Golovkin is going to defend his belts one week earlier, on September 10th, against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London.


Canelo, who held the WBC middleweight title at the start of the year, was ordered by the World Boxing Council to face Golovkin. The two sides agreed to take one interim-fight and then collide in the fall.

The fall match never happened after Canelo vacated the title and announced that he was moving back to 154 to face Smith. The WBC would later name Golovkin as the full champion at 160.

Golovkin believes Canelo is scared to take the fight, and his promoter - Golden Boy Promotions - is scared to have their cash cow beaten. Even with the verbal agreement, Golovkin has no confidence in facing Canelo in September of next year.

“Canelo, he’s talking too much. He’s not smart, not respectful of people,” Golovkin said to the Los Angeles Times. “Everybody wants to watch this fight. He’s just scared. Canelo and [promoter] Golden Boy — everybody around Canelo — understands, and they’re all scared. He’s their Golden Child. If he’s finished, no money from him, no business.”

“He’s saying September’s the best date. Maybe he’ll fight [Antonio] Margarito, maybe [Manny] Pacquiao or blah, blah, blah before then. It’s too much talk from Canelo. He’s not serious. Everybody understands it. People understand that G’s ready and Canelo’s not. He’s under pressure.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 09-09-2016

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;17018029]Alvarez fought at 155lbs! A weight that was literally at the "154lbs + 1" weight of every junior middleweight fight that's not a title fight/eliminator. why do folks like you continue to recreate, in your own minds, Saul Alvarez fighting…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-09-2016

[QUOTE=richardt;17017507]"Near death"? You just owned yourself with that brainless statement! And Alvarez's last 5 fights were over 154! That makes him a middleweight! Live with it or take your Prozac if it hurts so much to hear that. On top…

Comment by richardt on 09-08-2016

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;17016764]Peter Quillin, Daniel Jacobs, Chris Eubank Jr, Andy Lee, Dominic Wade, Ievgen Kytrov, Tureano Johnso, and basically every other middleweight fighter currently rated in the top 20 would all be near death on the scale if they had to weigh-in…

Comment by Lester Tutor on 09-08-2016

So in theory, and hence "super theory," Golovkin can beat anybody from 154-168, has HERCULES power, is a "p4p badass," but didn't publicize that he wanted Alvarez at the 155 bluff. Golovkin is on record for wanting Pac or Floyd…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 09-08-2016

[QUOTE=Tomjas;17011632]Check your history as there have been a considerable number including many atgs What's more, Mundine won versions of the world title at SMW, MW and JMC in that order[/QUOTE] Anthony Mundine is an example that I did leave out;…

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