Warren announced that Billy Joe Saunders will defend his WBO middleweight title against an as-yet unconfirmed opponent in the Copper Box on a single night. Saunders, searching a way from peak fitness, required the chance to challenge either from the headline boxers to some fight. “I didn’t even recognise him, to be honest,Inches Álvarez stated later. “He’s reached come lower in weight first before he considers fighting certainly one of us. I’ve never really studied him however i can promise you this: with one hands tied behind my back and my eyes closed, I’d have the ability to beat him.”
Saunders might find that both Álvarez and Golovkin are preoccupied for some time yet. The Kazakh, who at 34 is eight years Álvarez’s senior, has already been keen to set up a rematch. “Maybe there will not be just one fight, maybe 2 or 3 fights,” he stated. “This is interesting. Why don’t you?Inches
Frank Warren, whose BoxNation will broadcast the Golovkin defence within the United kingdom, is at without doubt about that has the higher sporting merit. “This would be the fight of 2017,” he stated. “It’s not really a freakshow, it’s a genuine fight.”
Within the somewhat incongruous surrounds from the ballroom of the manchester hotel on the blistering summer’s mid-day Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin made their first scheduled public appearance meant for a lengthy-anticipated Vegas meeting for that world middleweight title on 16 September. They were the outlet skirmishes of the fight scarcely less important compared to primary event: for that attention and pay-per-view pounds of fans also being beguiled through the meeting between your Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor and also the freshly united nations-upon the market Floyd Mayweather, that takes place tat exactly the same venue, the T-Mobile Arena, hree days earlier.
Oscar En Hoya, Álvarez’s promoter, were built with a similar vision, that they stated found him inside a dream. “I strongly believe that Canelo and Golovkin could be a trilogy,” he stated. “We know without a doubt, guaranteed, this fight will provide, due to their styles. Gennady is really a hard puncher, he’s an excellent face, he comes forward, he’s tremendous skills, and thus does Canelo. Neither fighter understands how to move back. The fans will be treated to some wonderful fight.”
• Kazakh champion undefeated in 37 bouts, 33 of these by knockout
• Both fighters dismissive of Mayweather ‘business’ at same venue
Golovkin, who gives the battle an unblemished record of 37 professional wins, 33 of these by knock-out, was adamant the Mayweather fight is really a mere sideshow. “That’s not really a fight, it’s business,” the champion stated. “I think people understand. Will they desire a true fight, a boxing fight? That’s mine with Canelo. Or perhaps a big show, perhaps a funny show, a circus show? Conor isn’t any boxer. If you wish to see a show, watch that certain. If you wish to watch boxing, watch mine.”