Saul “Canelo” Alvarez branded middleweight rival Gennady Golovkin a “hypocrite” on Sunday in continuation of their war of words ahead of next month’s eagerly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas.
World middleweight king Golovkin and Alvarez will take the ring at the T-Mobile Arena on 15 September, a year after their long-awaited first encounter ended in a controversial draw.
A planned rematch in May was cancelled when Alvarez failed a drug test, a development which infuriated Kazakh star Golovkin, who later accused his Mexican rival of doping.
Acrimony between the two camps has simmered ever since, and on Sunday both men traded verbal body blows in comments to reporters at an open workout in front of fans at Los Angeles’s Banc of California Stadium.
Alvarez, 28, said the bad blood between the duo made it unlikely that he would ever form a friendship with Golovkin once the fight was over.
“For me that would be very difficult,” Alvarez said.
“All of the things that have been said. For me, personally, it’s very difficult to leave that door open.”
Asked to comment on Golovkin’s frequent assertion that his trademark aggressive style had made him popular among Mexican boxing fans, Alvarez said: “It’s hypocritical. He’s a hypocrite. Maybe he uses it to get fans. If something tragic were to occur in Mexico, he wouldn’t be there.”
He however warned that Golovkin has not yet seen the best of him. “He doesn’t know what I have left to show,” he said.