KARACHI: Saul Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed super-middleweight champion, called his rivalry with Gennady Golovkin "personal".
On September 17, four years after Alvarez narrowly defeated Golovkin in their rematch after their initial bout had finished in a draw, they will square again.
Alvarez of Mexico reacted to Golovkin's claim that he had been avoiding him in an uncharacteristically ferocious manner.
"He's [Golovkin] talking a lot of things about me. That's why it's personal," Alvarez said, according to BBC Sports.
"He always talks about how I'm scared, I'm running away when I'm fighting the best guys out there, and he's fighting with Class D fighters," added the Mexican.
After losing the previous two fights at middleweight, Kazakhstan's Golovkin will take on Alvarez for the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring super-middleweight championships.
"He always pretends to be a nice guy, like in front of people. It is what it is. I don't pretend to be nice - this is the way I am. I don't pretend to be another person.
"He's always pretending in front of you and people, 'Oh, I'm a nice guy'. He's not," Alvarez further said.