The last time Canelo Alvarez looked Gennady Golovkin in the eyes face-to-face was six months ago.
Though the two both appeared at the beautiful new Banc of California Stadium in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, they again didn’t face off. This, in addition to their split-site press conference where they appeared via satellite. The next time they’ll be in the same room is fight week in Las Vegas. And both fighters are just fine with that arrangement.
“It’s something that I don’t really care for,” Alvarez said to gathered reporters. “At the end of the day, I’m gonna be meeting him in the ring. I’m not worried if I don’t see him.”
Most of the time, two guys share a ring together and any animosity they had goes out the window when the fight’s over. The cup runneth over for both Alvarez and Golovkin, and it’s hard to imagine them having a beer together.
“For me it’s very difficult personally, especially for all the things that’s been said, all of the offensive claims that’s been made about me,” Alvarez said about the two ever becoming friends. “So, for me personally, it would be very difficult to leave that door open.”
GGG has a slightly different take.
“If he comes back to real life, absolutely,” Golovkin said when predicting a future kinship between the two fighters. “If he stays a fake, it’s impossible — not for him, for me. Because you know I can’t. I can’t. This is life. I believe maybe not [in the] next couple months. Maybe [in a] couple years we go to a big boxing convention together. Why not? Nobody knows.”
They last met eye-to-eye when promoting the eventually-postponed rematch back in February at the LA LIVE in downtown LA. There has been a rollercoaster of bitterness and resentment ever since, though the two camps eventually came to terms on the Sept. 15 HBO pay-per-view rematch.
Canelo’s two positive tests for clenbuterol resulted in his suspension and forced the cancellation of the original rematch day in May. That has only helped breed additional contention, with both fighters believing they won the hotly-disputed draw in September 2017.
“I don’t feel angry, I don’t feel respect for these people, for his team,” Golovkin told reporters when asked about the friction towards Canelo. “Not only for Canelo. I know Canelo a long time. He’s still like a young guy. He listens to his promotions, he listens to his team. That’s his problem.”
Golovkin added: “Really he has big problem. He has scandal with doping. He still works with these people who bring this situation for him, this scandal. It’s very terrible for him, that’s my point. I feel very comfortable because I have my team. I respect my team. I respect my people. I respect people who support me. Because this is true guy. If you’re fake, of course you support Canelo. If you’re real guy, you support me. It’s like white and black — that’s it.”
Canelo has taken umbrage with the fact that Golovkin has tried to co-opt the term “Mexican style” when describing himself, while also taking shots at Alvarez for not being enough of a Mexican fighter.
“There’s no defining style of Mexican style,” Alvarez said. “There have been many fighters that have come from Mexican with different styles. So, no, I don’t think there’s a defined Mexican style. My style is mine, and I’m Mexican. That’s the most important part.”
Alvarez also called GGG’s using “Mexican style” as “hypocritical.”
“He’s a hypocrite,” Alvarez said. “Maybe he uses it to get him some fans, but he’s a hypocrite. If something tragic were to occur in Mexico, he wouldn’t be there.”
Golovkin’s team has been touting that the fight with Alvarez is his opportunity to break Bernard Hopkins’s middleweight championship defense record of 20. Let’s take into account that the first handful of defenses were of a regular WBA belt Golovkin held while Felix Sturm was the champion. Some will argue that Sturm didn’t want any part of Golovkin. Sure, but how many extra defenses would Marvin Hagler have if the guy with the belt had wanted to face him several years earlier?
That being said, an emphatic win over Canelo would at least bring more credence to GGG’s claim as one of the best middleweights of the modern era. Despite the animosity, Golovkin conceded that Alvarez is the best fighter he’s faced. He did so with a look in his eye that suggests he didn’t want to admit the point, but he was honest.
“Yes, that is true,” Golovkin said. “Because no, [this is a] different level. We have biggest fight for boxing. He’s not regular guy. Right now I’m very happy because I have this fight because this is a different level. I know he’s best fighter for my career. He’s a real, very good fighter, 100 percent.
Canelo’s team showed less respect for Golovkin’s ring skills when measuring him as an all-time fighter.
“He hasn’t learned anything especially since he hasn’t fought in a year,” Alvarez said when asked what his opponent could take from the first 12 rounds between the two. “We’re actually in the same place right now. He, fighting against a heavy bag like he did last time (KO of Vanes Martirosyan) isn’t considered a fight. At 35 years of age there’s nothing you can really teach this guy. What they have taught him is to run his mouth.”
Added Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso about Golovkin: “More than anything, what I saw was he’s a very awkward and slow fighter. Every time I see his fights, I see it more and more. Basically that he’s a very basic and common fighter.”
Usually, when two fighters don’t like each other as much as this, it turns into a great bout. Erik Morales against Marco Antonio Barrera is the first thing that comes to mind. If we get a fight that resembles anything like the three between those two Mexican warriors, we’re in for a treat Sept. 15.
Source: Mark Ortega