By Ryan Burton
BIG BEAR, CALIF. - Canelo Alvarez has made it abundantly clear that he is not interested in facing Gennadiy "Triple G" Golovkin in his next fight. Alvarez will return to the ring on September 14th with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev mentioned as a leading candidate to be his next opponent.
There certainly isn't any love lost between Alvarez and Golovkin. The two world class middleweights squared off twice with their first fight ending in a split draw and the second ending with Alvarez winning a close unanimous decision.
The animosity peaked in the lead up to the rematch - which was postponed after Alvarez failed a test for PEDs. Alvarez would later enroll in year round VADA testing.
Another part of the animosity was brought on by Abel Sanchez who was training Golovkin at the time. Sanchez dared Alvarez to fight "Mexican Style" and "not run like he did in the first fight." Alvarez took those comments to heart and stayed in the pocket for most of the rematch.
Sanchez believes that those taunts are a major reason why Canelo is reluctant to face Golovkin a third time.
“I think that we have said - we as in when I was with Gennadiy - our team said a lot of things that maybe he is taking personal but that is the game and how you build things up. I hope that they fight again. They had good fights the first two times,” Sanchez told BoxingScene.com.
Sanchez also admits that there are a lot of attractive fights for Alvarez and that is another reason that Triple G isn't high on Canelo's priority list.
“If that is the case Canelo has a lot of avenues he can go down where he doesn’t really need Gennadiy but he is taking a big leap in Kovalev and a big leap in say Callum Smith. Those are tough fights but he is a young man who wants to be tested," said Sanchez.
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