Mexican fighter, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, insists that pressure from critics will not rush him into a showdown with WBC/IBO/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin.
Golovkin was named the mandatory contender for Canelo's WBC title earlier this year, but after being given a short timeframe to finalise a fight, Canelo vacated the title rather than cave in to the pressure of having a fight on someone else's terms.
The two fighters are both set to have bouts this September with Golovkin defending his titles against undefeated Kell Brook, and the Mexican superstar set to meet Liam Smith for the WBO junior middleweight title in Texas.
Golovkin and Canelo have a verbal agreement to fight in September 2017 but the latter has made it clear he will not be pressured into accepting any fight.
"The critics out there are going to use their power to try and make the fight, with good comments or bad comments, or criticising me for the fight not coming across." said Canelo.
"Big fights like this take time, negotiations take time, there are things behind the negotiation table that we need to get together and come across,
"Especially with the WBC organisation, they wanted to put in a timeline and their rules and input into the negotiation – this is a negotiation between promoters and fighters, not with the WBC, they can’t dictate and try and pressure me into this fight as soon as possible when I had other things to take care of in my personal life.
"The WBC wanted to put pressure on me, making timelines, I’m not going to let anybody pressure me – I’m a fighter and I had issues I needed to sort out first."
"Why does the WBC have to put on a timeline? There’s no reason for them to dictate anything in the negotiations for a fight or a fighter, there’s the belt but my personal issues were in court, we were in court for 24 days and first things first.
"But it’s going to happen, it’s a fight that has to happen, I want it to happen, the world wants it to happen. It’s just a matter of when it’s going to happen, it will happen soon and sooner rather than later."
Canelo does not fear losing fans at all and feels the majority of his fans will stick by him.
"My fans are going to support me through thick and thin, 100 per cent they’ll always support me. There’s a group of fans that are criticising me but my fans are there – that group of fans criticising me don’t concern me," Canelo said.