Golovkin confirms undisputed Saunders option should Canelo investigation prove guilt

Golovkin v Saunders 22/03/2018

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Gennady Golovkin has confirmed he will unify the middleweight division against Billy Joe Saunders should Canelo Alvarez be found guilty of doping.

Despite their May 5th rematch being made official a few weeks back, Canelo is currently subject of an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the finding of Clenbuterol in his system.

Maintaining his innocence due to contaminated meat in Mexico, Canelo is hopeful the contest will go ahead as planned at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Should the NSAC rule against Canelo, Golovkin will then offer Saunders a massive undisputed encounter, which the Briton is expected to accept.

“If the fight can’t happen, the next step for me is Saunders,” Golovkin told The Daily Mail. “It is my dream to get all the world championship belts.”

On the Canelo situation, he added: “I still hope the fight happens. It is the biggest fight in boxing right now and I would like to be on that level once again.

“But it is for the (Commission) to decide if he was positive or negative.”

At a press gathering recently, Golovkin had been quite blunt about Canelo’s possible participation in their contest.

“Again with Mexican meat? Come on. I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. … Canelo is cheating,” said Golovkin at his camp base in Big Bear.

“They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.

“It was pretty obvious when (his) muscles were all (enlarged before the first fight) … and with the traces of injections, which were visible.

“I can talk about Oscar De La Hoya, too. He is also not clean. He’s dirty.

“Ask any doctor. Let him explain what those (muscles) are. It’s better even to use the lie detector.

“Then there wouldn’t be any silly questions about meat or fruits or chocolate,” he added.

When Golden Boy originally released their statement on the matter, Canelo had protested his innocence in the matter.

“I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me.

“I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail,” he said.

Since then, Canelo has added expletive-laden videos into the mix to keep the promotional fires burning in anticipation of the bout going ahead.