Gennady Golovkin is not thinking about retiring in view of Canelo Alvarez’s rematch

Gennady Golovkin is not thinking about retiring in view of Canelo Alvarez’s rematch

The two rivals meet for the third time in Las Vegas this weekend (AP)

The two rivals meet for the third time in Las Vegas this weekend (AP)

Gennady Golovkin intends to continue boxing regardless of whether he wins or loses against Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Very few fighters have gone on to compete at an elite level in their fifth decade, but Golovkin, who turned 40 in April, is heading for one of his career-defining contests at the T-Mobile Arena.

The only imperfections in his legendary 44-match career came against Alvarez – a draw in September 2017 and a minor points loss 12 months later – and the Kazakh now has a chance to set the record straight.

But the two-time unified world middleweight champion, whose 20 straight division title defenses before his defeat to Alvarez equaled Bernard Hopkins’ record, doubts this weekend will be a swan song.

“I would like to fight in my home country Kazakhstan,” Golovkin said. “You will see me in the ring (again), most likely I will continue.”

Golovkin is leaving the 160-pound division where he has boxed since his amateur days in an effort to avenge the one loss on his ledger and in the process dethrone Alvarez as the undisputed middleweight champion.

Alvarez has vowed to send Golovkin into retirement as the two, former sparring partners once, swapped verbal beards ahead of their trilogy showdown.

“What he says, how he behaves just shows who he really is, not a boxer but as a person,” Golovkin said. “When you see it and feel it, you want to turn your face away and ignore it.

“He stops being interesting, instead of tuning in, you stop tuning in. What I feel from his behavior is just indifference. I am a reasonable person, I have no toxicity in me, nothing hits me ”.

Although there are few signs of the animosity subsiding, Golovkin is proud of his rivalry with Alvarez. Even though he is the underdog, this bout has been highly anticipated for years.

“It is an extraordinary achievement to have a trilogy, to be 40 and have the biggest boxing match, currently,” Golovkin added.

You will see me in the ring (again), most likely I will continue

Gennady Golovkin

“The trilogies are incredible. Let’s see how they bring to light the best we have in boxing, that’s why boxing is so exciting and why fights like this make history. People remember it for a long, long time. “

While Alvarez was beaten by Dmitry Bivol in a light heavyweight foray in May, Golovkin won all four fights from defeat to his foe, most recently defeating Ryota Murata by stoppage in April.

Many felt that Golovkin had won the first match against Alvarez only for the declaration of a controversial tie, with Judge Adalaide Byrd’s score 118-110 in favor of the Mexican causing great controversy.

Alvarez raised his hand in much less controversial contexts the second time around, although it’s clear that both results are still irritating in Golovkin’s camp.

“I notified the robbery division of the Las Vegas Police Department that I was on site at the T-Mobile Arena,” Golovkin’s coach Johnathon Banks said. “We hope they can prevent a third theft by the judges.”

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