Readying for his return, Golovkin seeks path back to Alvarez

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NEW YORK (AP) The giant banner behind him revealed not only a new nickname, but a new reality in boxing for Gennady Golovkin.

"The return of the people's champion," it read, touting Golovkin's June 8 match at Madison Square Garden that will be his first fight since dropping his rematch against Canelo Alvarez.

Golovkin came away from those fights with a loss and a draw, and the former holder of three belts has no more after a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses.