Canelo Alvarez Gives Hint That 3rd Gennadiy Golovkin Fight Could Happen

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Canelo Alvarez has made it clear that he doesn’t want to fight Gennadiy Golovlin a third time. He’s said in recent weeks (over and over again) that Golovkin doesn’t represent a challenge to him and that he has no interest in meeting him again. But on Thursday, Alvarez slightly muddied the waters during an international conference call when he slightly opened the door on a fight that would complete their trilogy.

“For me, that fight presents no challenge to me right now,” Alvarez told reporters as he prepares for next month’s fight with Sergey Kovalev. “We fought two times, 24 rounds. I beat him, so he represents no challenge. However, what he does represent is some good business, so if they offer me something really good, maybe the third fight can happen. But for me, no, because he represents no challenge for me.”

Ah, so Alvarez is basically saying that if he gets enough money to face Golovkin again, that match is a possibility. Which really is not all that surprising, especially considering Alvarez is well aware how much Golovkin struggled last week vs. Sergei Derevyanchenko. Yes, Golovkin got a close unanimous decision win (I scored it 114-113 for Derevyanchenko), but he was briefly hurt by his opponent’s body punches and barely survived to score the victory.

Maybe Alvarez doesn’t want to give Golovkin the enormous payday that would come with a third meeting and he’s almost certainly still upset that Golovkin ripped him continuously when Alvarez failed a drug test before their second fight. But big money is still big money, even if Alvarez—who is in the middle of a $365 million deal with DAZN—already has big money.

I asked Alvarez on the conference call if he felt a sense of pressure from DAZN. Clearly, the streaming service wants (or needs) a third Alvarez-Golovkin bout to keep its base of subscribers happy and to attract even more fans , and even though Alvarez will face a tough obstacle when he moves up to 175 pounds to face Kovalev, DAZN has been clear all along: It wants Alvarez-Golovkin III. Do you think, I asked Alvarez, that DAZN should have a say in which opponents you pick?

“More than any pressure, what was happening is the [Kovalev] fight was getting complicated because there were other interests involved,” Alvarez said. “But pressure on me? No. I always know what I want, and what I want is what I'm doing now. They may have wanted the Triple G fight, but as I said before, he represents no challenge for me, so I didn't feel any pressure.”

Another boxer who he said doesn’t represent a challenge to him? Undefeated middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade.

“The truth is he hasn't fought with anyone, hasn't fought against anyone, and he's also boring, very boring,” Alvarez said. “Maybe he's a good fighter, but he's a boring fighter, and at the end of the day, when there's a boring fight, people are going to blame me. I like fights where there's action, where people can enjoy a good show. That's very important for me. But also he doesn't represent a challenge for me, as well, because he hasn't fought against anybody.”

After watching Golovkin last Saturday, maybe Alvarez feels a little more confident that boxing him again would be easier than the first two times, when the pair had a controversial draw in the first bout and a controversial Alvarez win in the second.

“Obviously for me, Derevyanchenko won the fight,” Alvarez said. “It was a fight where he really looked well. It was his fight. Regarding Triple G, we all know, everyone knows, it's unnecessary to say more, but he looked slow, and I think I gave everyone the pathway to see how to hurt him, which is the body, and that's what we saw.”

Alvarez is a tremendous body puncher. Maybe he thinks he can possibly knock out Golovkin this time around and seal closed the argument that Golovkin can beat him. Knowing he could make big money again on top of that, Alvarez seems to be reconsidering after all.

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Canelo Alvarez has made it clear that he doesn’t want to fight Gennadiy Golovlin a third time. He’s said in recent weeks (over and over again) that Golovkin doesn’t represent a challenge to him and that he has no interest in meeting him again. But on Thursday, Alvarez slightly muddied the waters during an international conference call when he slightly opened the door on a fight that would complete their trilogy.

“For me, that fight presents no challenge to me right now,” Alvarez told reporters as he prepares for next month’s fight with Sergey Kovalev. “We fought two times, 24 rounds. I beat him, so he represents no challenge. However, what he does represent is some good business, so if they offer me something really good, maybe the third fight can happen. But for me, no, because he represents no challenge for me.”

Ah, so Alvarez is basically saying that if he gets enough money to face Golovkin again, that match is a possibility. Which really is not all that surprising, especially considering Alvarez is well aware how much Golovkin struggled last week vs. Sergei Derevyanchenko. Yes, Golovkin got a close unanimous decision win (I scored it 114-113 for Derevyanchenko), but he was briefly hurt by his opponent’s body punches and barely survived to score the victory.

Maybe Alvarez doesn’t want to give Golovkin the enormous payday that would come with a third meeting and he’s almost certainly still upset that Golovkin ripped him continuously when Alvarez failed a drug test before their second fight. But big money is still big money, even if Alvarez—who is in the middle of a $365 million deal with DAZN—already has big money.

I asked Alvarez on the conference call if he felt a sense of pressure from DAZN. Clearly, the streaming service wants (or needs) a third Alvarez-Golovkin bout to keep its base of subscribers happy and to attract even more fans , and even though Alvarez will face a tough obstacle when he moves up to 175 pounds to face Kovalev, DAZN has been clear all along: It wants Alvarez-Golovkin III. Do you think, I asked Alvarez, that DAZN should have a say in which opponents you pick?

“More than any pressure, what was happening is the [Kovalev] fight was getting complicated because there were other interests involved,” Alvarez said. “But pressure on me? No. I always know what I want, and what I want is what I'm doing now. They may have wanted the Triple G fight, but as I said before, he represents no challenge for me, so I didn't feel any pressure.”

Another boxer who he said doesn’t represent a challenge to him? Undefeated middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade.

“The truth is he hasn't fought with anyone, hasn't fought against anyone, and he's also boring, very boring,” Alvarez said. “Maybe he's a good fighter, but he's a boring fighter, and at the end of the day, when there's a boring fight, people are going to blame me. I like fights where there's action, where people can enjoy a good show. That's very important for me. But also he doesn't represent a challenge for me, as well, because he hasn't fought against anybody.”

After watching Golovkin last Saturday, maybe Alvarez feels a little more confident that boxing him again would be easier than the first two times, when the pair had a controversial draw in the first bout and a controversial Alvarez win in the second.

“Obviously for me, Derevyanchenko won the fight,” Alvarez said. “It was a fight where he really looked well. It was his fight. Regarding Triple G, we all know, everyone knows, it's unnecessary to say more, but he looked slow, and I think I gave everyone the pathway to see how to hurt him, which is the body, and that's what we saw.”

Alvarez is a tremendous body puncher. Maybe he thinks he can possibly knock out Golovkin this time around and seal closed the argument that Golovkin can beat him. Knowing he could make big money again on top of that, Alvarez seems to be reconsidering after all.

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