Canelo Alvarez: Next fight post Smith revealed
On Wednesday, August 31, Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions hosted a media workout in San Diego, California.
Although the current lineal Middleweight champion was treated with great respect by every representative in attendance, a great percentage of the inquiries presented were not about the Mexican native's September 17 opponent, Liam Smith, but concerning the current WBC/IBF/WBA 160 pound champ, Gennady Golovkin.
And while GBP and Alvarez are understandably perturbed over the consistent line of "GGG" questioning, the mature 26 year old superstar understands that a healthy dose of criticism from fans and reporters alike comes with fame and popularity within the industry.
Golden Boy adviser and Hall of Fame promoter Don "War a Week" Chargin claims this kind of sharp scrutiny is nothing new to the historic pastime.
"It's always been that way," Chargin professed on Wednesday night's edition of "War a Week Radio".
"When the time is right, he's going to accept the fight (Canelo vs Golovkin), and everyone will forget all about this."
"And the ones who are currently saying that Canelo is afraid to fight Golovkin, will be the same people who will be predicting a Canelo victory when the fight is finally announced next year. That's the way boxing fans and writers have always been."
"Everyone will see; Canelo will fight Golovkin next year as planned, and we'll have a great fight on our hands."
While most are assuming the upcoming HBO PPV main event to be a foregone conclusion, with Canelo expected to get the big victory over the current WBO 154 pound title holder, "The Don" of boxing insists that Alvarez and his team aren't taking this very important fight for granted.
"Some of my friends from England have told me that Smith is going to really be in this fight, and not to sell him short," says Don Chargin. "They insist that he's a real competitor. I don't think he'll beat Canelo, but I think he'll put forth a good, good performance."
"Chepo Reynoso has viewed many of Smith's fights in preparation for this bout, and they're very impressed with him. They've told me that this kid has a lot of ability. So Canelo and his team have a very good understanding as to what Smith can do in the ring, despite being terribly underrated by most."
And even though Canelo will be competing for a portion of the Junior Middleweight crown in just a few weeks, Mr. Chargin doesn't believe that Canelo will stick around the 154 pound division long enough to defend the title should he win on September 17.
According to the Hall of Fame matchmaker, the fight with Liam Smith will more than likely be his last at super welterweight.
"I think the winner of Rosado vs. Monroe may be Canelo Alvarez's next fight, and his first at 160 pounds."
"I believe Golovkin will be his second at the middleweight limit. I look forward to Canelo moving up after this fight. Within the next several months, it'll be time for Canelo to go up to 160 pounds."
The September 17 bout with Smith will be Canelo's first time competing within the 154 pound division limit since dropping a majority decision to former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. almost three years ago. Chargin states the gradual weight gain and the slow move upward has been deliberate and strategic.
The Don believes Canelo and Golden Boy's gradual approach to middleweight will pay dividends in the long run.
"You know, what really hurts a fighter is when he moves up in weight too quickly," the Don states with over sixty years of experience in the fight game.
"They get confused with their 'walking around' weight, and they fall into a trap, thinking that they can compete at that weight and be just as effective, ultimately forgetting that 'fight shape' is completely different from just staying fit in between fights."
"Although Canelo is still only 26 years old, and he's been smart with his weight, it's time for him to move up to 160 pounds after this fight. The added weight at this point in his career won't bother him, it'll help him."
Canelo vs. Smith will be distributed by HBO PPV on September 17th, and will also feature Rosado vs. Monroe in the co-main event of the evening.