Canelo Indicates Golovkin Trilogy Is Next, Then Bivol Rematch

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Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has indicated that he will likely move forward with a scheduled trilogy fight against Gennadiy Golovkin in the month of September.

Earlier this year, Canelo signed a two-fight agreement with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom and DAZN – with the first bout being a light heavyweight title fight against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol, which took place earlier this month – and then Canelo would make a defense of the undisputed super middleweight crown against Golovkin in September.

Bivol shocked the world when he outboxed Canelo over twelve rounds to secure a unanimous decision win.

Canelo has the ability to exercise an immediate rematch clause, but most observers expected him to face Golovkin next – and that appears to be his next move.

“Surely yes [about fighting Golovkin next]. We already had that contract, that agreement, 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. Unfortunately we lost, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try again. The important thing here is perseverance and we’re going to do it again,” said Canelo at a press conference, which took place on Monday to promote a business venture, according to ESPN Deportes.

“What is certain is that we are going to return in September. And in the coming days… today, tomorrow, the day after, we are going to announce the fight, we just have to wait a little bit.”

Canelo and Golovkin fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in 2017. A year later, Canelo captured fought his way to a close twelve round majority decision. Both fights took place at middleweight.

This time around, Golovkin – who holds the WBA, IBO, IBF middleweight titles – will head up to 168 to challenge Canelo for his undisputed crown.

During the media event, Canelo also responded to a recent statement from his former promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, who said the Mexican star’s last performance was hindered because he was too focused on playing golf.

“That has nothing to do with it. It is better to love another sport than other things,” Canelo said.

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