September 5, 2018
September 5, 2018
Gennady Golovkin

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WBA and WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has a cold threat for Canelo Alvarez.

“I want to punish him. I want to have a fight and punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done, so basically to put them … to size him down and to put him and his team in their place,” the Kazakh said. “Nobody knows how it’s going to end, what’s going to be the result. But nobody is going to congratulate anybody, that’s for sure.”

The Mexican has been hard for Golovkin to pin down. The first fight took too long to happen. Golovkin notes, “Not even five years ago, even two years ago, we couldn’t get them to fight us. They were avoiding the fight every way possible. If you remember, they even gave up one of the belts, the WBC belt, they gave it up, to avoid us.”

When they boxed in September 2017, Golovkin found Alvarez frustrating in the ring. He condemns Canelo for moving too much and not having the toe-to-toe battle the Mexican had promised. “What happened on our last fight, he was really avoiding fighting close to me. I think that’s exactly what happened, but what he’s trying to say right now, it just proves that he’s not keeping his word. He’s trying to deceive people again, and being dishonest. But it doesn’t matter what he said. Let him say whatever he wants,” Golovkin said.

Their first fight ended in a controversial draw and then, further infuriating the Kazakh, their rematch had to be postponed after Alvarez failed a drug test for traces of clenbuterol. Golovkin believes he can finally settle the score on September 15 at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“We will continue to implement our winning strategy in this fight, as well. As far as judges, we can’t influence the judges. We can only hope that the judges will be more fair, more adequate and more competent than the last time,” Golovkin said.

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“For me personally, although this fight happened at a later stage of my career, this is a most interesting fight. This is a most interesting fight because we have an interesting opponent because we have an interesting situation, and it’s a most important fight in my life right now, and also it’s the most important fight for boxing [as a] sport right now,” he continued.

“My training camp is great. I feel very good. My body, my speed, my power, everything is coming back, I feel like I am 25 years old.”