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Gennady Golovkin may move to 168lbs to fight Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie Hearn

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Eddie Hearn believes that the proposed trilogy fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin could still be made.

Canelo is currently fighting at 168lbs as he looks to become undisputed champion at the weight, most recently beating Callum Smith in December 2020. He is now due to take on his IBF mandatory challenger Avni Yildrim this weekend before moving onto WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in a fight expected to be confirmed for May 2021.

Promoter Hearn believes that with Canelo focused on his current division there is little scope for a fight to be set up imminently, but down the line it would require the 38-year-old Kazakhstani fighter to move up from 160lbs.

“I think that Canelo has made it clear that he wants to be undisputed champion at 168,” Hearn told DAZN’s Boxing with Chris Mannix.

“The Golovkin fight is one that will always be there. It’s one of the best fights in boxing. 

“Even before the Callum Smith fight it was clear that he had decided to win every fight in the 168lb division. He won’t be going back to 160, I don’t believe, so Gennady would need to come up to 168, which I think he would be willing to do.”

With Golovkin close to the end of his career, Hearn believes his 30-year-old Mexican fighter may not have long to set up the long-anticipated match-up.

“I don’t think that fight is by any means out of the equation but I think that Gennady is in a position in his career where he wants those big fights as soon as possible,” Hearn said.

 

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