As terrifying as he is in the ring, Gennady Golovkin is notably chipper and friendly outside of it, referring to his opponents as “good boys” and wearing an eternal smile. He can only be pushed so far, however, and Canelo Alvarez’ recent failed drug test for clenbuterol has him furious. And not just with the Mexican star, but also with Golden Boy Promotions and Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Yahoo has a good collection of his comments, plus links to other outlets with more complete transcripts.
• “The commission … they all put their heads down to avoid eye contact. I noticed it when I reviewed the fight again. These people are terrorists, they are killing the sport, not just me.” [Los Angeles Times]
• “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion.… Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is trying to pretend it’s not happening.” [Associated Press]
• “It was pretty obvious when [Alvarez’s] muscles were all [enlarged] … and with the traces of injections, which were visible. I can talk about Oscar De La Hoya, too. He is also not clean. He’s dirty.” [Associated Press]
•“Have a look at the video. He used some pills [before the first fight]. It was pretty obvious when his muscles were all with traces of injections. I’ve known it for a long time.” [USA Today]
Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, also accused Alvarez of using illegal hand wraps, which NSAC refuted.
Here’s more on those alleged track marks:
Via ESPN---Gennady Golovkin on Canelo Alvarez: He's cheating, but I still want to fight him— The 112 (@_THE112) March 21, 2018
Reveals the thought Canelo was cheating in the first fight.
He says Doctors had suspicions on Canelo and sent him pictures#CaneloGGG2#boxing pic.twitter.com/PDw4W3fEo4
I’m sure there are many among us who have felt similarly about NSAC, perhaps not in those exact terms but with similar fervor, and it’s not hard to understand “GGG’s” frustration. He was, in the eyes of the vast, vast majority of the boxing public, robbed of a career-defining win against an opponent who appears to be receiving blatantly preferential treatment.
Said opponent also refused to fight him for two years beforehand.
Alvarez, meanwhile, took to Instagram.
The two are set to go at it again on May 5, 2018, inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the same venue where they first slugged it out. No word yet as to the contents of the undercard. In the meantime, here’s Joe Rogan and Co. roasting Adalaide Byrd.