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Golovkin on fighting Canelo at 155: 'Why not 140? The middleweight division is 160'

Gennady Golovkin doesn't sound interested in giving in to Canelo Alvarez's demands.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Gennady Golovkin has his next fight lined up for April 23, when he'll face Dominic Wade at The Forum in Inglewood, California, live on HBO. Hopes that he would face Canelo Alvarez in the spring were dashed, and an attempt to make a fight with WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders also came up short.

Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) told FightHub's Marcos Villegas that he isn't overlooking Wade (18-0, 12 KO), saying that he respects Wade for being ready to actually get into the ring as the IBF mandatory.

Asked if he was disappointed that he's not fighting Canelo Alvarez or Saunders, Golovkin said, "Not a lot. Right now, I understand -- I have time. I feel great. My age doesn't matter. I feel great."

Golovkin, 33, also was asked possibly fighting Canelo Alvarez at a 155-pound catchweight, but shot that idea down.

"Why 155? Why not 140? This is not middleweight belt. My focus is on the middleweight division. I need all the belts in the middleweight division. This is not respectful to boxing or to the people. Right now, he's a champion in the middleweight division. Middleweight division is 160."

Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez also recently said they're not interested in fighting Canelo at 155, saying that the deal in place with the WBC is for a 160-pound title fight.

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