Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin Will Happen, Says Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins assured boxing fans that there will be a Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin showdown in the near future. The former unified middleweight champion doesn’t expect the negotiation process to drag too long.Advertisement
Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo’s handler, has reached out to Golovkin’s K2 Promotions for the potential mega-fight. Both camps are still ironing the details of the fight purse. The bout has a tentative date of September 2017.
“It will be the super, super fight in a long time for Triple G, who is now in his mid-30s, and Canelo who still hasn’t reached 27. There is still time for it to happen sooner than later,” Hopkins told Boxing Scene. “It will happen and I will tell the world that it won’t take as long as Mayweather and Pacquiao.”
The Executioner’s statement is particularly noteworthy. Aside from being an active boxer, he is also a minority partner for Golden Boy Promotions.
Hopkins believes Golovkin’s age won’t be a huge factor in the fight. The Kazakhstani boxer, who will be turning 35 next year, is undefeated in 36 total fights. He currently holds the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBC and middleweight titles, according to BoxRec.
“He is always going to be dangerous no matter how old he is,” Hopkins explained. “Fighting Triple G is like fighting through land mines, because if you don’t see something and then you step on one of them and it’s over with.”
Bleacher Report noted that Golovkin and Canelo both need the fight to happen. The Kazakhstani boxer would further boost his legacy by outlasting a marquee opponent.
On the other hand, Canelo must prove to the world that he isn’t all talk. He has gone on record saying he is not running away from Golovkin, but boxing analysts think otherwise.
Earlier this year, the Mexican fighter vacated his WBC middleweight belt to avoid a mandatory title defense against Golovkin. In a press release shared to Boxing Junkie, Canelo stated that he doesn’t want to be strained by “artificial deadlines.”