News | Feb 29 2016

Canelo Alvarez insists fighting Gennady Golovkin this year is ‘very probable’

But the weight would need to be settled, while Amir Khan is first on the agenda for Canelo Alvarez, hears John Dennen
Canelo Alvarez
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SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ, the WBC middleweight champion and one of boxing’s biggest stars, insists a fight Kazakh destroyer Gennady Golovkin is inevitable.

“It could be made this year, it’s very probable. It depends on the negotiations. When there’s a big fight like this the negotiating parts are tough. It’s a mega-fight and it’s tough to make these negotiations. But I’m ready. I’m ready to fight whenever. I’m here to fight the best and that’s what I want,” he said.

One of the sticking points in those negotiations could be whether they can agree the weight to fight at. Alvarez has been fighting below the middleweight limit, despite being the WBC champion, at 155lbs. “We’ll see, it’s on the negotiations. That fight has to happen. I’m a fighter that’s given away many concessions throughout my career. I’ve sacrificed so much from my side to be able to make fights that when that time comes, I’m not going to give any concession. But is the fight going to happen? Definitely it’s going to happen,” Canelo said. “That fight’s going to happen without a doubt. It’s going to happen. But you know there’s a lot of misconceptions about that fight as well. Those fights, megafights, they take time and everybody comments about them. The fight’s going to happen definitely.