Oscar De La Hoya is confident a rematch between star fighter Canelo Alvarez and middleweight king Gennady Golovkin goes ahead in September.
The pair missed out on a scheduled Cinco de Mayo return due to adverse findings in Canelo drug tests prior to training camp and Golovkin was forced to re-work his plans.
‘GGG’ will now face Vanes Martirosyan in California on the same date, whilst Canelo was handed a six-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The Mexican is set to see his ban lifted in mid-August, and according to De La Hoya, will face-off with Golovkin in September (15th).
Speaking to TMZ Sports regarding a flood of criticism aimed at Canelo since the controversy, De La Hoya believes the two-weight world champion will prove he’s not a cheat.
“Canelo is getting really the short end of the stick here because obviously he’s a popular fighter and a lot of people are gonna hate on him,” Oscar told TMZ. “But he’s been one of the cleanest fighters I’ve known. He’s passed numerous of tests, and you know … it was very unfortunate.
“To me, it’s bulls**t. Once they fight in September, I’ll tell you one thing — Canelo’s gonna freaking wail on him (Golovkin),” he added.
Golovkin has to come through Martirosyan, as expected next week at the StubHub Center before the Kazakh can once again focus on Canelo, who may well find himself a bigger underdog after being out of the ring for a year without a fight.
Knee surgery also means Canelo will be unable to train for at least a few weeks, whilst Golovkin stays active with his imminent sell-out in Carson.
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