Who’s afraid of Gennady Golovkin? Saul “Canelo” Alvarez denied that he is ducking the unbeaten middleweight champion, reiterating that he thinks he is the better fighter.
Alvarez, who owns a 47-1-1 record with 33 knockout victories, fired back at critics who are saying that he is avoiding a showdown with Golovkin. Canelo said that he has no reason to be afraid of the Kazakh knockout artist because has all the tools to hand Golovkin the first defeat of his career.
Golovkin has a daunting 35-0 record with 32 knockout victories in his career. Alvarez said that he has high respect for the 34-year-old because of his accomplishment but that does not mean he is afraid of losing to him.
“I am very confident in my skills and knowledge and I feel confident that I can beat Golovkin,” Alvarez told Seen Sport Magazine. “I respect him as a fighter and what he has been able to accomplish but that does not faze me.”
Alvarez was supposed to make a mandatory defense of the World Boxing Council middleweight title later this year against Golovkin. Based on the mandate from WBC, Canelo should face Golovkin if he wants to keep the title.
However, instead of agreeing to face Golovkin, Alvarez opted to relinquish the title. The 26-year-old decided to face Liam Smith in his next fight on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Texas. This led to criticism, questioning his desire to face big-name fighters.
Reacting to the negative feedback, Alvarez insisted that no one can force him to face Golovkin. The Mexican boxing superstar reiterated that he is indeed willing to face Golovkin but not this year.
“The critics out there are going to use their power to try and make the fight, with good comments or bad comments, or criticizing me for the fight not coming across,” Alvarez said via BoxingScene. “Big fights like this take time, negotiations take time, there are things behind the negotiation table that we need to get together.”