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GGG Gets A WEE BIT SALTY At Media Asking Canelo Questions

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Gennadiy Golovkin sat with A side media and took queries on Wedmesday, at Madison Square Garden, before a presser to hype his Saturday tango against Sergiy Derevyanchenko, which will unspool on DAZN.

As per usual, GGG was polite, dialed in, direct…He spoke his native tongue and an interpreter offered an English rendition. And then, after about 20 minutes of queries, he showed a bit of ire. When asked about the C word, Canelo, the Kazahk’s temper flared mildly.

Do Canelo questions irk him, he was asked.  GGG said that the media asks too much about Canelo. “You asking about Canelo tells something about you as journalists, explore better options. Ask more interesting questions! I think it’s your problem, not mine.”

GGG called the Canelo fight with Sergey Kovalev his “only option.” And who will win that one? “I don’t know who is going to win, but I know Kovalev is gaining more from that fight than Canelo,” GGG responded, before he took aim at the pressmen for perseverating on the red head.

More tidbits:

–The 37 year old hitter said yes, he has meshed well with new trainer Johnathan Banks. We will all see what he’s learned on Saturday. “We tried a lot of different things…the more time we have, the more we can try,” he said…and the better he will be. Banks told media that he works in concert with the boxer, and gives him heavy respect and deference.

The fighter said he wouldn’t share what specifics he’d show Saturday, not would he promise a KO. “Let’s not make predictions,” he said, and promised a good show, a fan friendly.

–GGG was asked if he thought Derevyanchenko beat Jacobs…Close fight, but “I think SD looked better, and he won the fight.” It wasn’t the funnest tango to watch, he admitted. Hopefully this time Sergey will go more balls to the wall, and it could be helpful that he’s back with Andre Rozier.

—The Kazahk hitter, who lives in Cali, said that Matchroom and Eddie Hearn…

..are at the top of the pile and “it’s been an honor” for him to do business with Hearn (above in Amanda Westcott picture).

–Promoter Hearn said that he has a plan in his head, what comes after GGG fights Saturday…but he didn’t want to give a hint. Hearn said “you can’t take Sergey Derevyanchenko for granted.” This fight is a “banana skin,” the Brit said…and he’s not wanting to contribute to a slip.

—The boxer spoke on being up for traveling. “I’ve always been this way,” he said, and then he sat down in Vegas for a bit. But he’s keen on being a roadshow now, it seems. (The subtext was that he and his crew are not waiting on a Canelo date–they will get on Match and see what else is out there.) A fight in Japan against Ryoto Murata is something he deemed “very interesting.” The boxer noted that DAZN is making solid impact in Japan. “Of course I’d be willing to go to Japan,” he stated, explicitly. He said he sees Hearn doing the Dec. 7 deal in Saudi Arabia, so, basically, the stage is getting more global now, and DAZN has a firm hand in that.

—He was asked about going to 168. I would, but I like 160, it’s where I’m comfortable, he answered. Callum Smith, maybe? “If you want me to move to 168, make it interesting for me,” he said. Smith, I think, may not make that cut.

–He didn’t want to name a name, as to who he’d maybe like to fight after Saturday.

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