Speaking to the media in California, Golovkin admitted that he no longer is thinking about Alvarez. Alvarez was supposed to fight Golovkin on May 5 before Alvarez stepped away from the fight before being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Golovkin will now defend his unified middleweight titles against Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub Center on HBO.
"I no longer think about Canelo. I am only focused on this fight. I just want to fight Vanes. I remember him from the 2004 Olympics... In 2004, I thought Vanes was the best boxer on the U.S. Olympic team," Golovkin said.
Despite Golovkin's comments, there is still the potential for a rematch between the two middleweight superstars. When asked about wanting to fight Alvarez again, Golovkin did say he would want a rematch. Golden Boy Promotions recently said the plan is to have Alvarez fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend in mid-September. Alvarez's six-month suspension for testing positive twice for clenbuterol back in February is scheduled to end on August 17.
"Do I want to have the rematch in September? We'll see. It's a different deal. The boxing business is crazy. I'll fight Canelo again," Golovkin said.
The WBC, whose middleweight title is just of several that Golovkin will defend on May 5, has openly supported the rematch taking place later in the year. With Golovkin making a voluntary title defense on May 5, the prospect of Golovkin holding all three of his major world titles by the time the highly-anticipated rematch takes becomes a little trickier. Golovkin already has two mandatory challengers in Sergiy Derevyanchenko, the IBF's mandatory challenger, and Jermall Charlo, the WBC's mandatory challenger.