Golovkin: ‘I am not Julio César Chȧvez, Jr. and Canelo is no Danny Jacobs’

 Boxing’s No. 1 superhero and undefeated WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and lineal andRing magazine Middleweight World Champion and Mexican icon Canelo Alvarez are entering their epic showdown with each coming off very different performances.   On March 18, in front of a packed Madison Square Garden, Golovkin beat fellow world champion Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decision in a hard-fought battle.  It was Golovkin’s 18th consecutive title defense — two short of the record — since becoming world champion in 2010 and the first to go the distance.  That had media speculating that age was starting to become a factor for Golovkin, currently boxing’s longest-reigning world champion.  Two months later, on May 6 — at a catchweight of 164.5 pounds (the less-than-super super middleweight division?) — Alvarez won a lopsided unanimous decision over former middleweight champion Julio César Chȧvez, Jr., who barely threw a punch and did everything he could do to survive.  Not win.

Throughout training camp, Golovkin has been asked about the comparison between the two fights — the difficulty he had against Jacobs and the ease Alvarez had against Chȧvez.

“I am not Julio César Chȧvez, Jr. and Canelo is no Danny Jacobs.  There are no survivors in my fights,” said Golovkin.   “Boxing is a business.  If I look great against Jacobs…if I knocked him out,  I would not be getting this fight with Canelo now.  Jacobs was a very good fighter and gave me good learning experience going 12 rounds.  I have never done that before.  I felt amazing going 12 rounds for the first time.  Jacobs gives everyone problems.”

Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, concurs.

“Danny Jacobs is the second-best middleweight in boxing.  It was a tough fight because the two best in the middleweight division were fighting each other.  The matchup was as good in the ring as it was on paper,” said Sanchez.  “Jacobs also gamed the system by skipping the IBF’s mandatory fight day weigh-in where the fighters are only allowed to gain ten pounds from the previous day’s Official Weigh-In.  Gennady, as defending champion, honored the IBF’s rule and weighed-in the next morning.  Who knows how heavy Jacobs was the night of the fight?  But even with that advantage Gennady was able to win.  Jacobs was easily one weight division heavier than Gennady.  Not getting the knockout may have been a double blessing for us.  It showed that Gennady was capable of going twelve rounds with an elite fighter and it gave us the fight with Canelo.  If Gennady had knocked Jacobs out there is no way Golden Boy would have the confidence to put Canelo in with us this year.  Now let’s look at Canelo’s last fight.  Chȧvez hasn’t fought under 167 pounds in five years.  He was drained and barely threw a punch.  If that same Chavez fights Gennady, there is no question Gennady knocks him out.  Chȧvez was a sitting duck.  There is no debate on who had the better win against the better opponent.  Watching Canelo’s performance against Chȧvez gave us a lot of confidence too.”   .

Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) who has been middleweight champion since 2010, is eight days away from his 19th consecutive title defense – one short of the all-time record – against lineal and RingMagazine Middleweight World Champion and Mexican icon Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs).  Canelo vs. Golovkin is the long-awaited showdown to determine supremacy of the storied middleweight division and arguably the pound-for-pound rankings.

Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”; Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle; O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday!; Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events; Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Lara is 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya is a 10-round fight for the NABF Super Bantamweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo is a 10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Tomorrow! Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

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Canelo on fighting Triple-G: ‘This can be one of the best fights in history’

The most popular fight in 2017 will be Mayweather-McGregor, but the best fight in 2017 will probably happen on September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. On that day, Canelo Alvarez will battle Gennady Golovkin to determine who is the best in the middleweight division. 

Alvarez was asked during a conference call on Tuesday how this fight stacks up against other great middleweight battles (Hagler-Hearns, Trinidad-Hopkins) in the history of boxing:

“Yes, without a doubt this can be one of the best fights in history,” Alvarez said through a translator. “On paper obviously it’s going to rival some of those big fights that you mentioned, but it really depends how the fight comes out, how it pans out. I’m going to do my part to make it memorable so I can go down in history as one of the best fights. I know that for sure. I’m going to do my part. But yeah, it can easily be considered one of the best fights in history.”

This should be a great fight. Best Ever? We’ll find out on September 16. 

Canelo Alvarez on fighting McGregor: ‘If that miracle was to happen, then it’s a different conversation’

Add Canelo Alvarez to the list of people who believes UFC star Conor McGregor has no shot to beat Floyd Mayweather on August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. 

Alvarez was asked on a conference call Tuesday about the possibility of fighting McGregor if he beats Mayweather on August 26:

 “If that miracle was to happen, then it’s a different conversation. You know, if that miracle was to happen. But I doubt it very much,” Canelo said. 

Obviously, if McGregor were to beat Mayweather he probably would stay in boxing, and if Canelo beats Triple-G, Canelo-McGregor could come together and make a lot of money. 

McGregor beating Mayweather would probably be a good thing for Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Alvarez!

Canelo on fighting Triple G: ‘My style, the style that I have, is superior to his style’

SAN DIEGO (July 19, 2017) Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) returned to San Diego for the eighth consecutive time and for his sixth headlining Pay-Per-View event to open training camp ahead of his Sept. 16 clash against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) for middleweight supremacy at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who will defend his lineal and
Ring Magazine middleweight titles against Golovkin on Sept. 16, shared his daily routine as he prepares for the biggest fight of his illustrious career.
Canelo’s daily routine in camp consists of:
  • Running from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast after the run, followed by rest.
  • Eats a light meal or snack at 1 p.m. before heading over to his gym.
  • Training in the gym from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. MondayWednesday and Friday(exercises, hitting the mitts, jumping rope, etc.).
  • Sparring sessions on TuesdayThursday and Saturday.
Canelo, who recently celebrated his 27th birthday, had the following to say regarding his training camp for the mega event:
“Basically, training camp has been waking up early at around six in the morning to go running, and then I’ll come back and relax a little bit and prepare myself for the training sessions, sparring, strategy, and what we normally work on.

“Usually training is almost always the same, but the strategy is different because every fighter is different. The strategy depends on the fight. While you’re preparing for a fight, you don’t know what happens once you’re in the ring.

“I’m a fighter who is a counter puncher, and his style is a come forward style, so I think both styles will lead to a great fight. My style, the style that I have, is superior to his style.

“With sparring, we usually go based on someone who is similar to the fighter in order to have the same style-the height and the weight. That’s usually what we focus on, to get somebody like that.”

Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, added, “Canelo is boxing’s most disciplined fighter. He takes every training camp very seriously and I know that he will be in the best shape of his life for this showdown with Golovkin on Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and live on HBO Pay-Per-View.”

Canelo on GGG fight: ‘It will end by knockout’

Canelo Alvarez has a huge challenge ahead of him on September 16. He will be fighting a guy in Gennady Golovkin who is undefeated, and has never been knocked down in his whole career. However, Canelo believes that will change in September.

“This fight I don’t see going 12 rounds. I can almost guarantee it won’t make the 12 rounds. It will end by knockout,” Canelo told TMZ Sports.  

When asked if he going to knockout Triple G, Canelo said: “Yes, without a doubt.”

Triple G has proven to have a granite chin, but maybe Canelo knows something we don’t.

Canelo could get the victory in September, but a knockout might be pushing it. 

Adrien Broner on Canelo-GGG: ‘Canelo might stop him’

We have waited a long time for RING Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez and IBO/IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to step in the ring. The wait is over! September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV should be a great night of boxing.

While Triple G is the favorite, there are some who believe that Canelo will get it done. Boxer Adrien Broner is one of them. Broner gave his thoughts on Canelo-GGG to “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 in New York City.

“Canelo going to kick his a**. Canelo might stop him. Seriously, he might stop him,” Broner said.  Broner went on to explain why Canelo could stop Golovkin. “I think he got the tools to stop him. He(GGG) ain’t walking through Canelo’s punches like that.”

After his fight against Danny Jacobs, which Broner felt Jacobs won, some believe that the 35-year-old Golovkin may have lost a step. Broner disagrees, and explained what happened with Triple G in his last fight against Jacobs.

“He was fighting people that couldn’t stand it. You not going to knock everybody out. Everybody not going to go down, everybody not going to quit, everybody not going to stop fighting, and he finally ran into somebody who was with the sh** like he was. And I really felt Danny Jacobs won that fight.”

Broner was in New York City to promote his fight with Mikey Garcia on July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.