Golovkin: “The Canelo Fight Isn’t Just For Me; I Want A Clean Sport!”

Is GGG Digging Up Canelo's Sketchy Past?

Gennady Golovkin touches on Canelo Alvarez's VADA scandal
Gennady Golovkin (L), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Gennady Golovkin Wants a Win for Clean Boxing in Canelo Trilogy


Technically speaking, undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KO’s) is a confirmed drug cheat. Some will say that this is too harsh a term. Yet, even his most loyal supporters must admit that Alvarez was flagged by VADA for having the banned substance Clenbuterol in his system prior to facing Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KO’s) in 2018. As a result, the popular redhead was suspended for six months.

The whole ordeal, which transpired back in 2018, was sandwiched between Canelo’s first two fights with current unified middleweight champion Golovkin. As one would expect, Golovkin, 40, was peeved about the matter then and now. This is relevant because the two have an impending third bout to fight this September 17. Unsurprisingly, when speaking to the media, GGG appeared to be rehashing what has to be an unsavory memory for his repeated foe.

“This is not just for me, I want to bring back boxing’s position! I want a clean sport! I’m just a huge boxing fan, come on guys!”

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Given their long standing rivalry, well established bad blood and the official flag for PED’s, there is little reason to doubt that this is what exactly GGG was referencing. Perhaps he was mentioning it because he earnestly wants to clean the sport up. Maybe he was aiming to simply get under Canelo’s skin.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how Canelo performs on September 17. Mentally and emotionally, the redhead will be under tremendous pressure to win. This is due to him coming off a thorough and unquestioned loss to WBA Super light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. Given his lofty stature in the sport, it would be impossible for Canelo to lose back-to-back bouts minus grave consequences to his professional reality.

Not only does he have to win though, to a large degree he has to look good in doing so. Therefore it will be revealing to see how Canelo handles himself in this upcoming affair. Let’s just hope that VADA doesn’t have to wave any more red flags around!

By: Bakari Simpson

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