News | Aug 25 2016

Canelo Alvarez: ‘Golovkin better prepare for me’

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Alvarez dismiss critics clamoring for Golovkin fight
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GOLDEN Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya and his golden-goose, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, dismissed critics on Wednesday who have been vocal about the decision to push back a fight between Canelo and middleweight kingpin, Gennady Golovkin, until 2017.

“Well, it’s basically the team’s decision,” said De La Hoya. “I mean, Canelo knows his body. His trainers know his body, and the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter. The fact that he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight, and that’s not the case. He’s a 154-pounder and he’s going to go up to 160 when his body feels ready.

“People will always talk and will always want the very best when you are on top of the world, and that’s what Canelo is right now. He’s on top. He is the star fighter in boxing, and people want him to fight the very best. And he has always fought the very best. And fighting a Golovkin is going to be no exception. He’s going to fight him, but when he’s ready to move up to 160.”