As it turned out, that was the status quo for Canelo Alvarez despite a surprise defeat to Dmitry Bivol. The boxing top star indicated in his post-match press conference that he would fulfill his rematch clause for a return bout against Bivol in September, but on Monday he reversed course. Go.
“We already have that contract [with Gennadiy Golovkin]that deal, so we have to continue what we started, and I think those are the two biggest fights in boxing, the fight with Golovkin and the rematch with Bivol,” Alvarez said on Tuesday. Two at his golf course in Naucalpan, Mexico.” Unfortunately. , we lost, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try again.
“The important thing here is persistence and we will do it again. What is certain is that we will return in September. And in the coming days … we will announce the fight. .”
When Alvarez signed a multi-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in February, it included a September 17 fight with GGG. Alvarez was the one to beat Bivol 4-1 in a 175-pound belt fight, but he dropped a unanimous decision. The 31-year-old Mexican has 30 days to decide between two options on September 17, sources told ESPN: a rematch with Bivol or a third with Golovkin.
Now that Alvarez has made his pick, he’s back to 168 pounds, where he’s the undisputed champion and defends all four super-middleweight titles against Golovkin over Independence Day weekend Mexico. According to sources, the venue is yet to be finalized, but the first two games took place in Las Vegas and each generated more than $20 million in earnings at the gate.
Even after the loss, the Canelo-GGG 3 was perhaps the biggest commercial bout in the whole of boxing. The clash in September 2017 for the unified middleweight championship ended in a controversial draw. The rematch took place a year later, Alvarez narrowly won.
The third fight will be at 168 pounds and double the debut of Golovkin, aged 40, as an official super middleweight.
Golovkin, a unified middleweight champion boxer, has hit the 160-pound limit since he won an Olympic silver medal in 2004. The extra eight pounds could benefit Golovkin, Hearn said, and he believes the fight losing to Bivol made the fight even bigger.
“I’m very comfortable knowing I won those games,” Golovkin, ESPN’s No. 2 middleweight, told ESPN in March. “I don’t look back on decisions. … I think I won the first two games, so winning the third game would be like me.”
Both matches are thrilling action matches contested at the highest level. The bad blood remained, after Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol ahead of a rematch scheduled for May 2018. He was suspended for six months, although he claimed that the adverse finding was results of tainted meat consumption in Mexico and the rematch was rescheduled for September 2018 – but not before Golovkin hurled many insults at Alvarez.
Alvarez said: “[Golovkin] always say something about me; he’s always talking about me. That’s why [it’s personal]. “