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Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is maintaining that his rivalry with Gennadiy Golovkin is fully done.
The world’s two top middleweights had collided for the first time in the September of 2017 and had fought a high quality and entertaining contest that ended with a controversial split draw after the full 12 rounds.
Second fight took place at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on September 2018, In front of a sellout crowd of 21,965; the fight was again not without controversy as Álvarez defeated Golovkin via majority decision after 12 rounds.
DAZN, the streaming service which has exclusive deals with Golovkin and Canelo, tried their best to make a trilogy fight.
“When an athlete is at his great moment, there are always people who disagree with what you do or people who do not support you, but that is normal, it is part of the process of a successful person. I really do not place much importance [in negative things that are said about me] and I take it as motivation because sometimes people judge without knowing boxing, then, in the end, I take it from who it’s coming from,” Canelo told TUDN.
“For all of those things that were said about me by [Golovkin’s] coach [Abel Sanchez], I am very pleased to win the fight, because that is what gives you the power to shut his mouth and everyone else who spoke – which in the end is where it’s worth everything. [Golovkin] is going to keep talking about me, but that rivalry has already ended. For me, it doesn’t present any kind of challenge.
“[Kovalev is] a big challenge. In boxing, going up by two kilos is really a lot, so you can imagine that right now it’s a big challenge for me – but we also know that my abilities will have me ready for this and we are doing a great preparation and we know that we can achieve this fourth title, and I feel happy and motivated because it is a great fight – where I carry a lot of risks and that is what I like because that is what will make me enter history as a great.”