Los Angeles - Gennady Golovkin ramped up his war of words
with middleweight rival Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Tuesday, vowing to
"punish" the Mexican slugger in their upcoming Las Vegas rematch.
Unbeaten world middleweight king Golovkin will face off with
Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 15, a year after their first
encounter ended in a hotly contested draw.
A rematch planned for May was later cancelled when Alvarez
failed a drug test, blaming contaminated meat in his native Mexico after
testing positive for the stimulant clenbuterol.
Relations between the two camps have been marked by
animosity ever since Alvarez's failed test, with Golovkin accusing his rival of
being a drugs cheat.
Alvarez's trainer Chepo Reynoso raised the temperature for
the rematch this week after describing Golovkin as a "donkey" who
would be easy to beat.
"Golovkin is a donkey who doesn't think," Reynoso
"He doesn't have a thought in his head. He's a man that
comes forward throwing the same punches. There's not much that we need to
Asked to comment on Reynoso's remarks in a conference call
with reporters on Tuesday, Golovkin accused Alvarez of "lacking
"I don't even want to go to that level. It just shows a
lack of class, low class, lack of upbringing, lack of intelligence," he
"It just shows how they behave. I've never said
anything so low about anybody."
The barbs from the Alvarez camp have left Golovkin more
determined than ever to retain his titles.
"I want to punish him for all the bad things him and
his team have done," Golovkin said. "I want to put him down to
Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez meanwhile denied his fighter
was "angry" or risked losing his composure.
"He's not angry," Sanchez said. "He's got a
purpose in the gym and he's got a purpose of what he wants to do inside the
"Canelo's done some things that he feels he needs to
pay for, and he'll do that in the ring. In the gym, it's just another day
training in the gym."