Golovkin wants Canelo vs. Trout winner; willing to move down to 154 to take fight
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (26-0, 23 KO’s) is ready to face the winner of the April 20th unification bout between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA champ Austin Trout, and he’s willing to move down to 154 to take the fight, according to Dan Rafael. Golovkin’s manager Tom Loeffler says Golovkin wants that fight and he also wants to face WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in a unification bout in 2013 if he’s open to accepting the fight.
Golovkin destroyed Nobuhiro Ishida in three rounds last Saturday night in Monte Carlo. Golovkin knocked Ishida out with a right hand in the 3rd that left him on the canvas unconscious briefly.
Trout would be willing to take a fight with Golovkin in a second if he gets past, but I seriously doubt that Canelo would accept a fight with Golovkin and I don’t think his promoters at Golden Boy would allow him to take that fight.
It would have to be one of those fights where Canelo pushed Golden Boy into saying yes to that fight. The problem here is Canelo and Golovkin sparred in the past according to rumors Golovkin pretty much had his way with Canelo during the session.
A Golovkin-Canelo fight would still be an interesting one even if Canelo loses to Trout. It would give boxing fans an interesting fight to see and it would put Canelo in a win-win situation because even if he loses the fight by a knockout to Golovkin, he would have the excuse that he was facing the #1 middleweight in the world. And if Canelo were to pull off an upset or make Golovkin struggle to win, he’d be looking good.
It’s a fight where Canelo could actually land some of his big power shots because Golovkin is there to be hit unlike Trout. Canelo won’t be landing much against Trout this month in their fight on April 20th due to Trout’s excellent defense. I expect Trout to give Canelo a boxing lesson in beating him by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision.
At the end of the day, I don’t see Canelo saying yes to a fight against Golovkin. It comes down to what Canelo wants and I don’t think he’d want to take a fight with a puncher like Golovkin because he does everything that Canelo can do in the ring but much, much better in my view. It would be too much of a dangerous fight for Canelo and he wouldn’t have his normal size advantage that he’s had in the past in his many fights against welterweights.
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