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Canelo Alvarez: Gennadiy Golovkin means nothing to me, he fought a nobody and is fighting another one

Canelo chats with Fight Hub during his press conference announcing his Nov. 2 fight with Sergey Kovalev.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez takes some time to chat with Marcos Villegas of Fight Hub TV to discuss his upcoming fight with Sergey Kovalev and explains why he chose this fight instead of a third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin. Check it out...

Canelo on what he makes of the size differential between Kovalev and himself now that they’ve been face-to-face:

“Nothing, really. I’ve fought fighters taller than me, stronger than me, but being taller I don’t think much about it. I have the ability to figure this out and then have a great preparation for the fight. I know this is a big risk for me, a big challenge, but we’re ready.”

On when he first started thinking about potentially fighting Kovalev:

“Before the fight with Jacobs a rumor came out that they’re talking about the fight and I didn’t think it was a bad idea to have a fight at 175 with Kovalev, one of the best in the division. After the fight with Jacobs we began to look towards the fight and it’s here.”

On what he sees in Kovalev that gives him confidence he can win:

“It’s a risk, there’s always a risk and in boxing you can’t calculate risks. One punch can change everything and more in a weight that’s not yours. But we saw a fight that could be a good one for the fans, a good fight for us, and for us to make history as a team.”

On if he thinks Kovalev is still the same fighter he was in his prime or if he too thinks he’s vulnerable downstairs:

“For me, I’m a natural body puncher and I punch well to the body, and they say that bothers him so we’re going to see.”

On if he took this fight over a third Golovkin fight because he really dislikes Golovkin that much:

“Look, I’m taking risks, important risks in my career, and for me Golovkin means nothing right now. He just fought a nobody practically, and is about to fight another practical nobody. So he doesn’t represent a challenge for me at this point. I already beat him two times and I’m taking these risks because I want to make history in my career. I already fought him twice, he doesn’t represent anything to me at this point.”

On the reports of his strained relationship with Golden Boy:

“It’s always difficult but we’re working through it and we’re here.”

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