Canelo Alvarez Denies Dodging Mega-Fight Against Gennady Golovkin
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may well be widely regarded as the biggest name in the world of boxing since the retirements of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio, however the Mexican is being perceived by many as ducking his fiercest rival in the middleweight division.
In the build up to Alvarez’s fight with British champion Liam Smith, he has been accused by the unbeaten Gennady Golovkin of dodging a potential bout between the duo.
Canelo is set to fight WBO junior-middleweight champion Smith in just a matter of week’s time, in which he is the 1/10 on favourite with bookmakers Betway to continue his winning streak, and Golovkin believes that the Mexican may make him wait up to three years for a potential fight.
You can check out the online betting odds at Betway.com in their possible fights market, and should such a fight go ahead in the near future, it would undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated contest in recent years.
Canelo received widespread criticism when vacating his WBC middleweight title back in May of this year instead of facing Golovkin’s mandatory challenge.
As well as this, having called the Kazakhstani fighter into the ring following his knock-out victory over Amir Khan in order to challenge him, Canelo’s decision to instead fight Smith is all the more confusion to fight fans.
Canelo and his promoters have insisted that they wish to see such a contest, with the weight difference between the duo now not an issue. Canelo is well known to put on as much as 20 pounds on fight night.
Elsewhere in the division, having missed out on a big money bout with Golovkin himself recently, Chris Eubank Jr. is currently preparing for an upcoming bout with Tommy Langford, with his British middleweight title on the line.
Eubank Jr. is 1/16 on with Betway to overcome his compatriot, with many in the business tipping the 26-year-old to reach the very top in the coming years.
Meanwhile, Eubank Jr. has been offered the opportunity to participate in a WBA tournament, which would see him named as the organisation’s No 1 middleweight champion if he were successful.
Such an achievement would no doubt fast track the Brit to a world title shot, with Daniel Jacobs also in contention.[playbuzz-item url=”//www.playbuzz.com/rbrboxing10/canelo-alvarez-vs-liam-smith”]
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