Will Gennadiy Golovkin Retire After Canelo Alvarez Fight?
That’s still unclear as Gennadiy Golovkin is leaving the future of his career open.
When asked by Combat Compas if his trilogy fight with Canelo Alvarez would be his last, he said, “I wouldn’t say so.”
“I still have a lot of plans,” Golovkin continued.
“There is my home country of Kazakhstan, where I believe I need a fight. On one side, I can say that I retired some time ago when the pandemic began, the very active part of the career. But on the other hand, I still have some plans in the world of boxing.”
Golovkin, 40, has been hinting that his retirement is nearing, but continues to keep it vague.
Golovkin and Alvarez have had a bitter lead up to their third fight, which will take place on September 17 in Las Vegas, but the veteran fighter said he doesn’t take any of it to heart.
“To me, it’s nothing personal,” he added.
“It’s just another fight. You know that I’m nearing my retirement, I’m a world champion. So, indeed, we’ve been waiting for this fight for a long period of time. Now, it’s happening. So, it’s another fight, nothing personal.”
Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) fought Alvarez for the first time on September 16, 2017. A number of boxing fans argued that Golovkin had done enough to hand Alvarez a loss, but he was forced to settle for a split decision draw.
In the rematch, one year later, Golovkin suffered his first and only defeat of his career. Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) went on to win seven consecutives fights before losing for the second time in his career against light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.