It appears that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is going to settle things with his greatest rival before rematching Dmitry Bivol. Alvarez told ESPN he plans to honor his previous agreement to rematch Gennadiy Golovkin in a September trilogy bout before attempting to avenge his recent loss to Bivol.
Earlier in the year, Alvarez signed a two-fight deal with DAZN, with the first fight against Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title and the second a third meeting with Golovkin. After Bivol upset Alvarez on May 7, turning in a stellar performance in outboxing the man who entered the fight as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, it appeared Alvarez would choose to rematch Bivol rather than take on Golovkin.
It appears that is not the case, as Alvarez stated the fight with Golovkin would take place first while speaking at his golf invitational on Monday. The bout is expected to be for Alvarez’s four world titles at super middleweight.
“We already had that contract [with Golovkin], 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,” Alvarez said at a press conference, which took place on Monday to promote a business venture, according to ESPN Deportes. “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. What is certain is that we are going to return in September. And in the coming days … we are going to announce the fight.”
Alvarez’s previous two fights with Golovkin both ended in controversy. Their first meeting in September 2017 was a close fight that many felt Golovkin had done enough to win. Golovkin was given one scorecard 115-113, another was a 114-114 draw, and somehow, Alvarez was awarded the third on a wide 118-110 card that in no way reflected the reality of the fight.
After the split draw, the pair rematched the following September. Again, the fight was very competitive, and again, many observers felt that Golovkin had done enough to deserve a narrow decision victory. This time, however, Alvarez was given the majority decision win, taking two cards by scores of 115-113 with the third even at 114-114.
Fans have clamored for a third fight for years but Alvarez instead unified three belts at middleweight, won the WBO light heavyweight championship against Sergey Kovalev and unified all four belts at super middleweight.
Since the loss to Alvarez in the rematch, Golovkin has won four straight, including unifying the IBF and WBA world championships at middleweight.