Gennady Golovkin faces Vanes Martirosyan on Saturday, live on HBO, but given that he’s a 30-to-1 favorite to win, there’s not a ton of talk about that.
Instead, media are still asking him about Canelo Alvarez, the man he was supposed to face before Alvarez failed doping tests and was pulled from the fight. Specifically, there is already talk of that fight being rescheduled for September, when Alvarez will be eligible to fight again, a year after their first bout.
But Golovkin isn’t committing, and says there are other options — and that Canelo represents boxing’s biggest problem.
“Let’s not put all our eggs in one basket with Canelo. There are other good fighters, maybe not as good financially, but Canelo is not the only option. There are some other boxers who should be given a chance. Let’s ot only talk about Canelo. The way I see it Canelo is the largest problem we have in boxing. He’s a dirty fighter because he was caught doping and that’s why we shouldn’t spend too much time talking about him. He’s a problem we have in boxing.”
Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO) said again that he feels he won their first fight, which many believe. The fight went to a highly controversial draw.
Golovkin will be defending his WBA and WBC middleweight titles on Saturday against Martirosyan, but not his IBF belt, as the sanctioning body refused to approve the fight as a championship bout, but without stripping Gennady.
Do you think the September rematch will happen, or has this whole thing blown up?