Canelo wants to end rivalry with Golovkin with KO

NEW YORK (AP) — A draw in the first fight, then a majority decision in favor of Canelo Álvarez in the second.

So, how about a knockout in the third chapter to settle the fierce rivalry between the Mexican superstar and Gennady Golovkin once and for all?

“From the first round I go for the knockout. I know I’m going to risk a lot,” Álvarez said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I must. I strive for greatness.”

Golovkin bets Álvarez will be vulnerable as they complete their trilogy on September 17 in Las Vegas.

“I prefer not to think about knockdowns. That’s not the right approach,” he told the AP. “Boxing is a dangerous sport. Defend yourself well,” he said.

Álvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs) recorded his first loss in nearly nine years, a lopsided defeat when he gained weight in May to challenge light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

Golovkin, who will fight for the first time at 168 pounds, said he’s only seen the highlights of Bivol’s win, but believes Álvarez just wasn’t quite ready to fight at 175 pounds.

“I saw that Canelo didn’t show the best of him,” Golovkin said. “Probably he didn’t take that fight seriously, he didn’t mentally prepare for that fight. This one would be different.”

Álvarez admits that the loss “hurt me a lot.” He also said his preparation was not ideal but avoided going into details about what fatigued him in the later rounds.

“I have to move forward. I’m more dangerous now. I am angrier and I will use it to my advantage,” he said

And there’s all the animosity they’ve harbored since their first fight in September 2017.

It was featured during intense staredowns in Los Angeles and New York over the past week, including one at Yankee Stadium, where they threw ceremonial first pitches.

For Álvarez, this fight is “personal” to him as Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) kept firing him while looking for a third match-up after their match in September 2018.

Golovkin also shaded Álvarez for his golf hobby, which some blamed for his defeat in May.

“When you lose, everyone starts making excuses,” Álvarez said. “It’s because of this or if I golf too much. I was playing golf when I won the (super middleweight) title three years ago.”

Now he wants to knock out the 40-year-old from Kazakhstan for the first time and send him into retirement.

“I’m going to end his career,” he said.

Golovkin declined, saying that Álvarez took too many poses.

“It’s hard for me to say why he says all that,” he said. “I don’t think about him, I have forgotten him. He has lost touch with reality.”

What motivates him is completing the trilogy and joining others like Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier or Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran.

“Even rematches don’t always happen. It would be a historic event,” Golovkin said.

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