Both Canelo Alvarez and Oscar De La Hoya refused to look past WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders’ name being touted on a pre-fight media call.
The pair were speaking to promote September 17th’s showdown at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas when Alvarez challenges for Smith’s WBO World Title.
Much has been made of the proposed Canelo v Golovkin super-fight, but the Mexican insists he’s fully focused on Liam Smith first and foremost.
“I can't keep fighting this fight thinking about Golovkin. I'm preparing for Liam Smith. That's what's important to me. My train of thought is not to see what's down the line. I've got to get ready for the fight. This is a real fight.”
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya echoed Canelo’s thoughts and mind-set.
“Yes, that's correct. This is a tough fight with Liam Smith. It's not a walk-over fight. It's a tough fight. And first things first, we've got to get past him and then we'll deal with future fights. But as of right now, everything is geared to fighting against Liam Smith and being successful.”
Canelo and Golovkin have loosely agreed to lock horns next year, should both continue their winning streaks. The 26 year old had a message for the Kazakh KO King: “I'm not the one that has to prepare for Golovkin. He better prepare for me!”
The flame haired Mexican recently hinted he could move up in weight after his next fight which could help the transition into a fully-fledged Middleweight.
De La Hoya reassured fans the GGG fight will happen, when the time is right.
“He is the star fighter in boxing, and people want him to fight the very best. And he has always fought the very best. And fighting a Golovkin is going to be no exception. He's going to fight him, but when he's ready to move up to 160.”
The winner of Canelo v Smith has been touted for a potential fight with WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders. The Golden Boy admitted: “There is a possibility [for Saunders] but right now the focus 100% is on Liam Smith.”
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