As far as Gennady Golovkin is concerned, the sentencing handed down to Canelo Alvarez for failing a drug test wasn’t enough.
But the reigning WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight champion defends his titles against Alvarez with The Ring belt also up for grabs this Saturday night live on pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Back in 2017, the two fought to a draw and a rematch was immediately brought to the table. They were set to square off this past May, but Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended for six months.
“I want to punish him,” Golovkin said during a recent conference call (thanks to BoxingScene.com for the quotes). “I want to have a fight and punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done – to size him down and put them in their place.”
Instead of getting Alvarez, Golovkin took his frustrations out on Vanes Martirosyan this past May, finishing him in the second round. The knockout was the 34th of his career and his first since finishing Kell Brook in 2016.
Abel Sanchez, the trainer for GGG, made sure to let everyone know his fighter will be calm and confident – not fighting on pure emotion – come this weekend.
“He’s not angry,” Sanchez said later during the conference call. “He’s got a purpose in the gym and he’s got a purpose of what he wants to do inside the ring. Canelo’s done some things that he feels he needs to pay for, and he’ll do that in the ring. In the gym, it’s just another day training in the gym. He’s the same guy that he was before.
“He trains hard. Just his mentality for this fight seems to be very, very focused on trying to punish Canelo, as he was when he fought [Curtis] Stevens. If you recall, when he fought Stevens, he was like that, too. He has the same mentality.”
In the eyes of many, GGG is already the top boxer in the world pound-for-pound. He claimed silver at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens after securing gold on the international scene as an amateur.
Once he turned pro, the winning never stopped for the 36-year-old in 2006. Golovkin has also proven to be a draw, generating 1.3 million buys for the Alvarez fight and half-a-million for the Brook bout two years ago.
This weekend, with nothing but a handful of major college football games to compete with, should be another strong showing for GGG and Alvarez on pay-per-view.