Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez is making ready for his transfer as much as gentle heavyweight to problem for a world title in a fourth weight division, however he did take day trip to observe rival Gennadiy Golovkin’s latest combat and got here away unimpressed.
Golovkin gained a disputed unanimous determination over Sergiy Derevyanchenko — 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113 — this previous Saturday night time at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York to assert a vacant middleweight world title that had been stripped from Alvarez for not finalizing a cope with obligatory challenger Derevyanchenko.
Many thought Derevyanchenko deserved to have his hand raised on the finish of the action-packed contender for combat of the yr, together with Alvarez.
“We noticed it. Clearly for me, Derevyanchenko gained the combat,” Alvarez mentioned by means of an interpreter on Thursday throughout a teleconference with boxing reporters, primarily to debate his problem in opposition to gentle heavyweight world titlist Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 2 (DAZN) on the MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas.
“It was a combat the place (Derevyanchenko) actually appeared nicely,” Alvarez mentioned. “It was his combat. Concerning Triple G, everyone knows, everybody is aware of, it is pointless to say extra, however he appeared sluggish, and I believe I gave everybody the pathway to see how one can harm him, which is (to) the physique, and that is what we noticed.”
Alvarez is 1-Zero-1 in two closely disputed mega fights with Golovkin, who’s now his bitter rival after a pleasant promotion of their first combat that resulted in a attract 2017 that the majority thought Golovkin gained. Alvarez gained the rematch by majority determination in 2018 in a combat that was delayed whereas Alvarez served a six-month suspension for testing constructive for a banned substance.
Golovkin has desperately needed a 3rd showdown as has DAZN, the broadcaster with which every man has a nine-figure deal. However Alvarez mentioned he’s merely not all for going over that floor once more.
“I mentioned it earlier than the combat, and I will repeat it,” Alvarez mentioned. “For me that combat presents no problem to me proper now. We fought two instances, 24 rounds. I beat him, so he represents no problem.
“Nonetheless, what he does signify is a few good enterprise, so if they provide me one thing actually good, perhaps the third combat can occur. However for me, no, as a result of he represents no problem for me.”
Alvarez is heading into the third combat of his 11-fight, five-year, $365 million cope with DAZN, which signed Golovkin within the hopes of getting the third combat. However to this point Alvarez has denied DAZN and Golovkin the combat.
“I all the time know what I need, and what I need is what I am doing now,” Alvarez mentioned. “They could have needed the Triple G combat, however as I mentioned earlier than, he represents no problem for me, so I did not really feel any strain (to make the third combat).”
As an alternative, Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs) mentioned he’s centered on the a lot greater Kovalev (34-Three-1, 28 KOs), who could also be previous his greatest days however stays a formidable opponent and a devastating puncher with a title belt that Alvarez desires.
Alvarez didn’t demand a catch weight for the bout, as a substitute agreeing to a contract weight of the 175-pound division restrict. Alvarez, the naturally smaller man, mentioned he plans to return in on the division restrict, not lighter as many might need anticipated.
“I shall be on weight at 175 kilos. That is what I will weigh, 175 kilos,” mentioned Alvarez, who has by no means weighed greater than the 167¼ kilos he weighed for his secondary tremendous middleweight title victory over Rocky Fielding in December. “God prepared, that is what we’re engaged on.”
Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, mentioned the truth that Alvarez didn’t attempt to drive Kovalev to return in underneath the division restrict — which he may have demanded because the A-side of the combat — is a testomony to his need to make historical past, no strings hooked up.
“It reveals who he’s,” De La Hoya mentioned, including that Alvarez by no means requested for him to attempt to get three-time gentle heavyweight titlist Kovalev to just accept a catch weight. “It reveals his character. It reveals what he desires to perform within the sport, and that is to make historical past and to someday be thought-about the perfect within the enterprise.”
Alvarez has gained titles at junior middleweight, middleweight and tremendous middleweight, the place he holds a secondary belt. However he mentioned he’s not sure which division he’ll field in following the combat with Kovalev. If he wins he would maintain belts at 160, 168 and 175 and will look to defend any of them.
“We’re centered on 100% on this combat. Afterward we’ll see what follows,” Alvarez mentioned.
However one opponent Alvarez mentioned he has no real interest in dealing with is Demetrius Andrade in a middleweight title unification combat.
“The reality is he hasn’t fought with anybody, hasn’t fought in opposition to anybody, and he is additionally boring, very boring,” Alvarez mentioned of the slick-boxing left-hander from Windfall, Rhode Island. “Perhaps he is a very good fighter, however he is a boring fighter, and on the finish of the day, when there is a boring combat, individuals are going in charge me. I like fights the place there’s motion, the place folks can get pleasure from a very good present. That is crucial for me. But additionally he does not signify a problem for me, as nicely, as a result of he hasn’t fought in opposition to anyone.”
Andrade (28-Zero, 17 KOs), who has made two dominating middleweight title defenses, gained a world title at junior middleweight and represented the USA within the 2008 Olympics, has been averted by prime opponents for years.
He has needed to combat Alvarez or Golovkin and when he heard about Alvarez’s feedback, he went off on social media.
“Canelo, cease speaking out ya ass,” he wrote. “If u do not consider I am a problem u would have unified w/ me in September for undisputed! … You may’t duck eternally. Put ya huge boy gloves on and combat me!”