Saul Alvarez has admitted he is ready to take on undefeated middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin in his next fight, after brutally knocking out Amir Khan in his title defence in Las Vegas this past Saturday.
The Mexican finally confirmed that it was time to face his toughest challenge in the 160lbs division, and come up against the Kazakh, who is looking to unify the middleweight division, having already taken the WBA and IBF titles.
Khan, who admitted he would face Golovkin had he won the bout, and his trainer Virgil Hunter have both goaded the 25-year-old to face the KO specialist. Khan, meanwhile, was also keen to stress that he will fight anybody, and the Mexican to do the same.
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"I am one of those fighters who will step into the ring with anyone," Khan told Sky Sports.
"I think it's now the time for Canelo to step in there with Triple G because everyone has been waiting for that fight."
Stop hiding Alvarez
While Hunter told HBO, as reported by Sky Sports:
"Amir took the risk, he gave up everything, no concessions, now it's time for him [Alvarez] to stop hiding behind little stuff, OK? Amir set the tone - fighters should fight each other."
Alvarez was in no mood to put up with the comments made by either his opponent or Hunter. Speaking this week, he insisted he will not shy away from Golovkin, and is ready to put his belt on the line:
The Mexican, also speaking to HBO, said:
"I invited him to come to the ring...I invited him because in Mexico we don't **** around, we don't fight for rings and things like that.
"I don't fear anyone. He can come to Vegas, I don't fear anyone in this sport. Like I said at my last fight, right now I will put my gloves on again and fight him."
Battle of the best
Golovkin has won all 35 of his bouts in his ten-year professional career to date - 32 by knock out - and Alvarez is one man who is capable of asking the questions of the 34-year-old.
Meanwhile, Golovkin took to Twitter to welcome a bout with Alvarez, tweeting:
As for Khan, the Bolton-born fighter set to move back to his more natural welterweight division, but has ruled himself out of a bout against kell Brook. David Haye, meanwhile, took to social media to credit Khan for his willingness to fight anyone.