Heavy-hitting Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin has dismissed WBO World Champion Billy Joe Saunders as a “clown”.
On September 16th, the Kazakh KO king defends his WBC, IBF and WBA ‘Super’ World Titles against Saul Alvarez in the fight of the year, live on Pay-Per-View.
The winner of the mouth-watering showdown will then turn their attentions towards Saunders, who holds the final jewel in the Middleweight crown.
“Of course I want all [the] belts. This is my goal, to hold all of the belts in the Middleweight division,” Golovkin told iFL TV after Monday’s press conference.
Triple G was pretty blunt in his assessment of Billy Joe, who became World Champion in December 2015: “Everyone knows him, he is not serious. He’s a clown!”
Earlier this year, Saunders was close to agreeing to a unification fight with Golovkin, however talks broke down and the September megafight was confirmed in May.
“Everybody wants to watch this fight,” argued GGG. “Everybody has waited for this fight! I think this is the biggest fight in boxing right now. A big drama show is coming!
“I know him, he knows me. We respect both. He’s a huge fighter, I’m the Champion. This is an amazing time for boxing.”
Golovkin is doubtful that the hype and interest in his fight with Canelo will be affected by Floyd Mayweather’s return to the ring three weeks earlier, when he faces UFC star Conor McGregor.
“Everybody understands that my fight with Canelo is a true fight, a boxing fight,” he said. “It is not a TV show or a funny show.”
Saunders was due to defend his belt against Avtandil Khurtsidze but the bout was cancelled due to a legal case. The show still goes ahead with young talents Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois in action. Tickets are available here.
Watch the full interview below: