Canelo on fighting GGG: ‘The last fight gave us the blueprint for this rematch’

It took some time for the rematch to come together, but now we are weeks away from the highly anticipated rematch between middleweights Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) The fight will take place on Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Due to Alvarez testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, Alvarez was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which caused Canelo-GGG II, scheduled for May 5 to be canceled. The last time these two were in the ring together, it ended in a controversial draw back in 2017. A fight many felt Golovkin won.

However, Canelo is very confident coming into this fight. Alvarez believes he now has the right plan to beat Golovkin in the rematch.

“The last fight gave us the blueprint for this rematch. We don’t necessarily have to change the strategy; we just have to add to what we did,” Alvarez said. “We have to throw more punches in every round. We need to do that to remove any doubts about the victory. For that, we will work on our conditioning. That’s what we needed a little more of in the first fight in order to be able to throw punches constantly in each round.
“I’ve fought with very difficult fighters who are very difficult to land shots on and difficult to fight. I’ve fought with strong fighters as well. He’s a strong fighter. He’s a dangerous fighter. He is one of the toughest fighters I’ve faced. This is one of those fights where I’ll be the most prepared of my career.”

At points in the first fight, Canelo tasted Golovkin’s power and seemed to handle it reasonably well. The Mexican native believes Triple-G’s power will not be a big issue this time around.

“I knew who Golovkin was from the beginning. He’s been at 160 pounds for pretty much his entire career,” Alvarez said. ‘I’ve always said that when I move up to middleweight, I would fight the best. He’s supposed to be the best, and I felt very good in the first fight. His power is nothing out of this world.” 

No one has come up with a plan to beat the undefeated Golovkin thus far, but it’s very evident, based on what happened in the first fight, that if this fight is close that Alvarez could get the benefit of the doubt. Something to keep in mind as the fight draws near.

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