Gennady Golovkin has stated his desire to shake hands with Canelo Alvarez after their meeting on September 15 despite temperatures remaining frosty between the pair during the build-up.
The middleweight king is preparing to put his three versions of the 160 pound crown on the line against the Mexican superstar in a contest that will happen four months late due to a failed drug test on the part of Canelo.
Golovkin was forced to quickly rearrange a Cinco de Mayo contest following Canelo’s six month suspension but says it will be water under the bridge after the second fight.
“Of course we were all disappointed. I was disappointed and the fans were disappointed that this first May 5th bout didn’t happen, but right now everybody is happy that we all agreed to have this next fight on September 15. So both us and our fans should be happy,” said Golovkin.
“First of all, I respect the fighters of the level of Canelo, and the fact that they screwed up, it was not my decision to disqualify him, and I think it was a team failure, but it doesn’t matter right now. It doesn’t matter right now. It’s important that we’re going to have a fight.
“Respect is respect. We have different mentality. We have different understanding of what respect is. I think Canelo team, by doing what they did, and they lost some respect from their fans. But it’s not important.
“I do have respect to all the fighters, all the athletes, all the champions who fight at this level, and I think at the very end, we will find a way to shake each other’s hand, regardless what the outcome, regardless what we think before the fight. As two men, we should be able to stand against each other and shake each other’s hand at the end.
“On why he ended up fighting Vanes Martirosyan, whom he defeated easily in the early rounds, he added: “Well, because I like to be active, I like this box, I like this sport, and I like the fans. You know, the fans wanted me to fight, and why shouldn’t I?
“Why shouldn’t I fight, particularly on such an important day, May the 5th,” stated GGG.
Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events.
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