Gennady Golovkin denies Eddie Hearn’s claims he has 'bad blood' with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

  • Tom Ward

Gennady Golovkin has insisted there is ‘no bad blood’ between him and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, after recently calling him out for indecent behaviour.

That’s despite Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn claiming ‘they can’t stand each other’ amid reports ‘Triple GGG’ will fight the Mexican for a third time at some point later this year.

Canelo Alvarez, 31, has also accused Golovkin of talking ‘a lot of s***’ over the years as their rivalry continues to bubble away beneath the surface.

But Golovkin, who will face Ryoto Murata in a middleweight unification on April 9, insists he bears no grudges against Alvarez.

However, he did admit that they aren’t exactly the best of friends either.

The Kazakh, 39, told The Sun: “First of all, there’s no bad blood from my side, I’m not taking it personal. 

“But commenting on his approach, he says it’s personal, where has he been after our second fight? 

“For so long, why did he try to accumulate that bad blood?

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 18: Gennadiy Golovkin celebrates defeating Kamil Szeremeta in their IBF Middleweight title bout at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 18, 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

“That is kind of unprofessional, too low when a fighter describes his approach to a fight in that way.”

Canelo currently reigns supreme at the top of the super-middleweight division with wins over Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders, while Golovkin secured his first victory since 2019 last time out against Kamil Szeremeta.

The two rivals are reportedly in talks to meet in a trilogy fight in September following their pair of thrillers in 2017 and 2018.

Yet the Kazakh claims a deal is far from done despite reports suggesting otherwise.

He added: “It’s premature to have a discussion, there’s too many ‘ifs’. If one fighter beats the other fighter and so on. 

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“Let’s wait till May, let’s wait till our fights are behind us, then we can discuss and we’ll have a better understanding of what’s going on.

“Of course, I’m always excited to get back in the ring and it’s great that boxing is coming back. 

“The entire approach, the entire tradition of boxing is still alive.

“I’m also excited that I have enough strength to continue to demonstrate quality boxing to my fans. 

“So you’ll continue to see me in the ring.” 

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