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 before training camp. Golovkin re-worked his plans.
‘GGG’ will now face Vanes Martirosyan in California on the same date, while the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed Canelo a six-month suspension.
According to De La Hoya, the Mexican will see his ban lifted in mid-August. Then he 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 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 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 going to 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 more significant underdog after being out of the ring for a year without a fight.
Knee surgery also means Canelo will not train for at least a few weeks, while Golovkin stays active with his imminent sell-out in Carson.
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