Current WBC and WBA middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin has a big fight ahead of him on September 15. During this past weekend, ‘GGG’ took some time out of training and visited Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 226…
Although the first fight between Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) ended in a draw, it didn’t take away from the anticipation of their rematch.
Currently scheduled to box again on September 16, the rivalry has produced plenty of drama since their first meeting. Canelo failed a drug test in the aftermath of their first clash, a bout which, due to the scoring, was already controversial enough.
Escaping with a slapped wrist for what he claimed to be ‘tainted meat,’ Canelo was cleared to fight Golovkin again in September. The two recently held a press conference thousands of miles apart as they allegedly could not be in the same room together.
Gennady Golovkin…UFC Star?
Speaking during the action-packed UFC 226 pay-per-view, ‘GGG’ discussed Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather and the potential of joining the UFC sometime soon:
“I had a good experience from the first fight,” said Golovkin. “Right now, [I] just want to a little bit [sic] change my performance. I know what I need for my second fight. Right now, we have a different situation. Different emotions, different business deal, just everything. Right now it’s a very interesting and very dangerous situation for us,”
“I feel this energy. Everybody likes (Conor McGregor). He is a very good athlete, a professional fighter. The last fight with Floyd, he went into boxing, this was difficult for him, but he looked good. I think if Mayweather would come to the UFC, it would be a very different story.”
“I Like so many fighters, many champions-men and women, I can’t say (who is my favorite) because everybody is different. I am enjoying my life, I like sport, this is a true sport. Conor, Khabib, these guys are a different level, not like everybody.”
Here’s what happened when Megan Olivi asked GGG if he wanted to fight in the UFC:
“Absolutely, why not? It’s a sport, I am a professional athlete. So many people have good experiences from fighting, you know? Right now I’m going to the arena to enjoy (UFC 226)”
Interesting stuff from Golovkin who is yet to taste defeat in the boxing world. His controversial draw against Canelo was the only time in 39 fights that ‘GGG’ didn’t come away with the win.
After the drug test failure by Canelo and issues arising from it, Golovkin said he was not really bothered about the second match being postponed:
“This is the biggest fight for boxing, I’m very excited for this fight. Nobody knows if there will be a trilogy fight. This is the biggest day for Mexicans, September 16th, Mexican independence day, and I’m just very excited people will be watching our fight.”