Canelo: Golovkin fight has to happen, just not sure when
WBC middleweight title holder Canelo Alvarez remains unable to give a definitive answer to the question of when a fight with IBO, IBF and WBA king Gennady Golovkin is going to take place.
Alvarez cautiously answered questions at a recent media engagement with promoter Oscar De La Hoya, although both refused to commit to a possible unification with Golovkin after facing Amir Khan this weekend.
“That fight’s going to happen. It’s going to have to happen. The fight is eventually going to happen,” promised Canelo.
“It’s in my future plans. It’s definitely in my future plans. I want to have that fight. I want to give that to the fans. I’m just not sure when.
“Right now I’m focused on Amir Khan. That’s my fight. I want to fight three times this year. That’s my goal. That’s my plan. But anything can happen in this fight with Amir Khan. So sometimes you have a plan and it changes, so I’m focused 100 percent on Amir Khan and we’ll see right after that.”
De La Hoya added: “Well, look, obviously it’s a fight that, you know, the question is not if, but when. That’s a fight that as a promoter, it’s a fight that I want to see; that the world wants to see, but as a promoter, I want it to be the biggest event in the history of this sport to attract fans and to bring back the fans that we lost when people witnessed Manny Pacquiao versus Mayweather.
“So my question every single day is: How can I accomplish that? And in order to accomplish that, there’s a famous saying in boxing, that one certain promoter once said — and you know what that is. But this fight has to happen at the perfect moment, at the perfect time, and I think we’re getting close.
“You never know. In this sport, you never know. And look, Canelo is a competitor. We’re all competitors here. You just never know. So first thing’s first; he has to take care, and we have to get through Amir Khan, and then we’ll sit down and we’ll see what happens.”
Golovkin is hopeful of landing Canelo or WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders this fall as the Kazakh puncher pushes towards holding all the belts in the division before a possible move up to 168 pounds.
Should Canelo come through Khan in Las Vegas on Saturday night, the World Boxing Council are set to give the Mexican only 15 days to arrange a meeting with ‘GGG’ – although the general consensus is that the 25 year-old will plead with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for more time.