In 2015, the hegemon of the heavyweight Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko, as a favorite, lost the WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles to Briton Tyson Fury. Then there was a failed attempt to take advantage of the revenge clause prescribed in the contract. The Ukrainian said: “Defeat is not an option.”
Mexican undisputed super middleweight champion Saul Canelo Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) reacted in the same way to his May defeat to Russian light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) playing for Kyrgyzstan.
Ahead of Canelo is the defense of all belts in the super middleweight division against the antagonist from Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) – the fight will take place next week in Las Vegas (USA). Presumably, if he wins, the Mexican will insist on a rematch with Bivol.
On the eve of the fight with Golovkin, the Mexican
spoke In the words of Klitschko: “Defeat is not an option. But I took risky fights, fights with the best of the best, the toughest fights available. If you go this way, then sooner or later you will definitely lose. But I’m glad I chose this path. After all, this is the only way to create a real legacy. I have nothing to be ashamed of. After all, I test myself against the backdrop of the strongest. And I will continue in the same spirit.”
Canelo states that “There were a lot of different moments in training camp leading up to the Bivol fight. I lost, but I’m going to take a second chance. I lost, although I was at the peak of my career. Yes, it’s not my weight. But I believe that I can beat him playfully. It just all happened. I’ve come to terms with it. I took it as a new experience. I won the opening rounds, but then I got tired. This is what happened. No, he’s no better than me.”
The fight against Golovkin is the third face-to-face fight of the antagonists. In 2017, a draw was recorded, and 12 months later, Canelo won. The Mexican plans to meet again with Bivol.
In the meantime, the WBC showed the “addict” claw belt for the fight Canelo vs Golovkin 3. Alvarez’s compatriot believes that Saul will knock out GGG. Golovkin himself said that “it will come to a knockout.”