The only two fights Gennady Golovkin has lost in his stellar career have come versus Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, but the Kazakh boxer has stated that he is not taking that as encouragement ahead of their long-awaited trilogy clash. In 2017, the longtime opponents battled to a controversial draw in the ring for the first time. In their rematch in 2018, Alvarez of Mexico won an even more debatable points decision that many analysts thought may have gone the other way.
In their trilogy fight on September 17 in Las Vegas, undisputed world super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2) and 40-year-old Golovkin (42-1-1) will square off again, although Golovkin believes his motivation to clash again is not fueled by previous defeats. He has not any grudge against the Mexican.
"I'm totally looking at the third fight as a brand-new fight from scratch," Golovkin told Reuters through an interpreter. "I don't draw any motivation from previous fights."
The Golovkin-Alvarez fight will be the first time the Kazakh fighter moves up to super middleweight to compete above 160 pounds. Golovkin is arguably the most dominant middleweight of his generation. Although Golovkin acknowledged he has not made many changes in his training since moving up to a larger weight class. But he does anticipate Alvarez, 32, to use a different approach than in their prior encounters.
Golovkin expressed his feeling:
"He's going to change a lot of things because this fight is taking place in a different weight division and his attitude will definitely change, so there will be a lot of surprises during this fight,"
The enormous Kazakh, who formerly recorded 20 successful title defenses, may be past his prime, but his lethal combination of technique, patience, and devastating force still makes him a menace. There have been whispers that Golovkin would quit early rather than later if he suffers a humiliating defeat in his upcoming match, but the Kazakh boxer insisted that the result alone would probably not have any influence on his decision.
"It's very difficult to point at just one particular factor that might influence my decision to end my career, unless something bad happens," he said. "But there are a lot of nuances, and they might play a role in making a decision to continue, but I am not going to spend a lot of time on those. We'll see how it goes."