Eddie Hearn believes Canelo Alvarez’s career will be on the line when he fights Gennady Golovkin for a third time this September.
The trilogy fight between Alvarez and Golovkin will take place on September 17th, with the pair drawing the first time they fought in 2017, while the Mexican fighter won by majority decision the second time around.
While a win for Golovkin would see the pair tied at one win each against one another, the pressure on Alvarez has been ramped up after he lost to Dmitry Bivol in a world light heavyweight title fight earlier this month.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show and admitted that the future would look very uncertain for Alvarez is he loses a second consecutive fight.
Eddie Hearn on Canelo Alvarez.
“The mirage of Canelo being this unbeatable fighter doesn’t exist, the reality is coming off two losses almost puts your career in the balance,” Hearn said.
“We know that Canelo went up to 175, it was a big ask, but he was expected to win that fight… He has to win this fight, if he loses to GGG on September 17th, where do you go from there?
“Back-to-back defeats against two different fighters, this time with almost no excuse. The toughest thing for Canelo in this fight is to bounce back from that defeat, he was devastated to lose to Bivol.”
Estoy muy contento de brindarles las mejores peleas y esta no será la excepción. #CaneloGGG3 este 17 de Septiembre 👊🏻🇲🇽 Sede por confirmar.
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) May 24, 2022
A blockbuster bout awaits.
Alvarez is significantly younger than Golovkin, as he turns 32 in July while the Kazakhstani fighter turned 40 in April, although he proved he is still one of the best in the business with a TKO victory against Ryota Murata last month.
Golovkin has fought at middleweight for his entire professional career, although he will move up in weight to fight Alvarez for the third time, with the Mexican putting his super middleweight titles on the line.
Alvarez has said that super middleweight is where he feels most comfortable and he will presumably be glad to drop back to 168 pounds after an unsuccessful bout at light heavyweight.