De La Hoya: Canelo Doesn’t Fear Golovkin

When rumors about a potential matchup between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr ramped up, boxing fans were rightfully agitated: If Canelo had been unwilling to move up to 160 lbs. to face Gennady Golovkin, why was he suddenly willing to fight Chavez at 165?

The implication of the Canelo-Chavez rumor is not hard to discern: The fight against Golovkin is not an issue because of the weight but rather because the threat GGG poses. Chavez at a 165-lb catchweight is not the same animal as Golovkin, making Golden Boy Promotions more willing to take the fight.

Canelo (48-1-1) has fought his last few bouts at the light-middleweight limit of 154, and even when he was the middleweight champion he made his fights at a catchweight of 155 pounds. He and his promoter have been criticized for this, as Canelo reportedly rehydrates over twenty pounds before stepping into the ring.

Yet, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya has said Canelo is not a full-fledged middleweight and needs time to build himself up to the 160 lb. Weight class. Even those who buy that excuse are scratching their heads at the news that Canelo’s team is willing to fight Chavez well north of 160.

“[That fight] is possible,” De La Hoya told ESPN Nation about a potential Cinco de Mayo matchup between Canelo and Chavez. “Both of them want it, it’s a matter of the weight.”

De La Hoya deflected the criticism over Canelo facing Chavez before Golovkin by restating that his star boxer will take on the middleweight champion before the year’s end.

“Canelo will fight three times,” De La Hoya said. “In May, September, and December. One of these, we hope it will be in September, will be against Gennady Golovkin. Canelo is not afraid to face GGG.”

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