Gennady Golovkin Says He Doesn't Plan to Retire After Canelo Alvarez Trilogy Fight

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJune 30, 2022

Kazakhstan's Gennady Golovkin, Ukraine's Serhiy Derevianchenko, during a news conference at New York's Madison Square Garden, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. They formally announced their bout for the vacant IBF Middleweight title at the Garden on Saturday October 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
AP Photo/Richard Drew

Gennady Golovkin said he's not planning to retire from boxing after his trilogy fight against Canelo Alvarez in September.

"GGG," who turned 40 in April, told TMZ Sports in an interview released Thursday he'd even consider a fourth matchup against Alvarez.

"Not yet. I'm not ready yet," Golovkin said when asked about retirement. "... The business side [of continuing to fight], it's very interesting."

The Kazakhstani superstar has embarked on a long, decorated career. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and has compiled a 42-1-1 record as a professional, with the only loss and draw both coming against Alvarez.

A victory in their third meeting would level the head-to-head series at 1-1-1, which would likely lead to calls for a rubber match between the high-profile duo.

It's unlikely there would be nearly as much interest in a fourth bout if Alvarez wins again, but the Mexican superstar is coming off just his second career loss (57-2-2) against WBA super light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.

Golovkin addressed that defeat in an interview with Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole on Tuesday.

"Canelo has shown he learns from his mistakes," he said. "He's not the kind of fighter who will make the same mistake twice. But at the same time, [the Alvarez-Bivol fight] needs to be analyzed."

Golovkin has won four straight fights, including an April knockout of Ryota Murata to win the WBA super middleweight title, since his loss to Alvarez in September 2018.

It sets the stage for what should be another highly competitive showdown that will be a chance for both fighters to make a major statement.