Khan and Canelo stepped into the ring in May at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Khan moved up two weight classes for a shot at Canelo’s WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles. The match ended in the sixth round, when Canelo landed a brutal right hook that sent the British boxer to the deck.
Khan has since stated that he had no regrets about fighting a bigger opponent. He prides himself of taking on all challengers. He wants other big-name boxers, especially Canelo, to do the same.
In an interview with 7Days, Khan said he does not understand why Canelo is settling for small fish. A fight with Golovkin is must-see TV. It can help boost Canelo’s reputation even more as he might be the first boxer to put a blemish on Golovkin’s spotless record.
“I’m just upset he isn’t taking a chance and a big fight. He is only fighting smaller guys,” Khan lamented. “[Canelo] needs to take a risk like I did and fight GGG. I went up two divisions to fight him, he doesn’t even need to go up in weight to fight Golovkin but he won’t.”
Canelo made it clear that he fears no one in the sport. However, many doubted his word when he voluntarily relinquished his WBC middleweight title in May.
Washington Post indicated that the move allowed Canelo to avoid a preset fight against Golovkin, who was the mandatory WBC challenger at that time.
Golovkin ultimately inherited the vacated belt. He is currently the unified WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight champion. As for Canelo, he stressed that he is eager to fight Golovkin, but he does not want to be rushed into a fight with anyone.