Canelo opens up on Golovkin fight cancellation, new-found animosity
Canelo Alvarez admits there’s a whole new feel around the build-up to his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Gennady Golovkin on September 15.
The pair trade blows again under a cloud following the collapse of a May 5 contest due to Canelo receiving a six-month doping ban.
Negotiations were precarious at times, although eventually made it over the line and Canelo is focused on his job of taking Golovkin’s titles in Las Vegas.
“The reason for the cancellation, we all talked about that. The main thing is the fight got here, the fight got done,” said Canelo.
“I did it for the fans. This is the fight you wanted to see and come September 15, I can assure you it will be a much better fight than what you would have seen in May.”
On the new ill feelings between both camps, Canelo added: “Absolutely, it’s changed, totally. They disrespected me for everything they have been saying, everything they have been doing, all their actions. Now it’s different. It’s personal.
“That’s probably their tactic. You know what, the sentiment that I have inside of me, it’s going to help me a lot, intelligently, to bring out what I have to do. I know what I have to do.
“I assure you we’ll see each other face-to-face before September 15. We already got the tour and we already got the promotion. It wasn’t necessary for this one. But I’ll see him very soon,” said the Mexican star.
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