Feature | Jul 04 2018

Canelo Alvarez: This time it’s personal

Hostility mounts between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin ahead of their September rematch, writes John Dennen
Canelo Alvarez
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FIGHTING spirit has come into question as Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin prepare for their rescheduled rematch on September 15.

Golovkin may be a Kazakh but he thinks many of Alvarez’s own Mexican fans will be supporting him and the style in which he fights. “I don’t believe all Mexico will be rooting for Canelo. I understand that [promoter] Oscar [De La Hoya] thinks that Canelo is the main locomotive behind this fight, but I think we’re both worthy of this fight,” he said.

Alvarez replied, “I’ve always had detractors, regardless of who I’m fighting. There’s always that side of the fans that are the detractors, but I have much more, many more, that love and support me. And now, that little respect that I had or that we had [for Golovkin], it’s been lost, and come September 15, it’s just him and I in the ring, whether I have the support or not. It’s just going to be him and I. And he’ll see.”