Golovkin refuses to drop weight for Alvarez

Gennady Golovkin insists he will refuse to lose weight in order to set up a fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Golovkin and Alvarez are considered two of the biggest stars in the sport and have regularly been tipped to have a massive bout this year, especially if they win their upcoming fights.

WBA and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin faces mandatory challanger Dominic Wade this weekend, while Alvarez will put his WBC title on the line against Amir Khan on May 7.

Alvarez has previously suggested he would fight Golovkin at a 155lbs catchweight, but when the Kazakh was asked by Sky Sports whether he would be prepared to drop 4lbs, he replied: “No. He is a champion at middleweight, at 160lbs, but at 154lbs? 155lbs or 167lbs? It’s terrible.

“I am ready to fight anybody but Canelo isn’t ready. I’ll bring my belt – that’s my style.

“It may be a little disappointing because it’s not respectful for boxing or to boxing fans. Show me who is number one. Show me who’s the best.”

Rather than look ahead to a potential fight with Alvarez, the undefeated 34-year-old paid respect to his upcoming opponent Wade, who is also yet to taste defeat.

“He’s a great boxer, seriously,” Golovkin said. “He has good experience and I don’t think it’s an easy fight for us.

“But we will have a good time!”

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