Kazakh KO king GGG knows his fight with the Mexican warrior could cement his status as a boxing legend
GENNADY GOLOVKIN finally catches up with Canelo Alvarez tonight, predicting: It’s going to be crazy.
Kazakh knockout king GGG takes on Mexican warrior Alvarez in what could be one of THE great fights of all time.
Unbeaten Golovkin, who is putting his three world middleweight titles on the line at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, knows victory will confirm him as a boxing legend.
The champ declared: “I’m very excited because my biggest opponent is finally coming.
“It’s like going to meet with a new girlfriend. There’s going to be a lot of craziness.
“I look at his strategy and he looks at mine and it will be like a street fight, a bank job. Nobody will be taking a step backwards.”
Even Alvarez’s promoter, the former six-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya, admits his man is taking the biggest risk of his career.
Alvarez is a two-weight world champ whose only defeat in 49 fights was to Floyd Mayweather.
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The red-haired Mexican started punching for pay at the age of 15 — and at 27 he is eight years younger than Golovkin.
But he is up against an opponent who has won 33 of his 37 pro contests by KO and who has been avoided by a string of top fighters.
Since Golovkin won his first world title seven years ago, 22 different men have worn versions of the middleweight crown — but only three have been brave enough to step into the ring with him.
Even Alvarez vacated his WBC belt when the Kazakh destroyer was nominated as his mandatory challenger last year.
Golovkin, the WBC, WBA and IBF king, added: “I’ve wanted this guy since he beat Miguel Cotto two years ago and they said he must fight me.
“But all my career I’ve been put in the same position. I’ve had it with Sergio Martinez, Cotto, Julio Chavez Jr, Felix Sturm and Canelo. They all put off fighting me.”
Golovkin believes the fact he was taken the distance for the first time in nine years in his last fight against Daniel Jacobs, has encouraged the Canelo camp. De La Hoya declared: “I’m going to call this fight as eight to nine rounds of hell for both guys. But this is what Canelo wanted.
Colin Hart’s verdict: Alvarez to win on points, 2/1
I HAVE the distinct feeling Golovkin has passed his peak.
So it is poker-faced Alvarez on points for me. But he is wise enough to know if he should lose concentration for a second he will end up flat out on the canvas.
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“I’ve been asked why this fight wasn’t made three years ago, but only last year Canelo was at junior-middleweight and Golovkin has been middleweight all his life.”
But Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez insisted: “Canelo would have gone up to middleweight two years ago if Gennady wasn’t here.
“Canelo is going to get hit in the face and he’s going to get hurt. If he can’t keep Gennady off him it’s a matter of time before he’s finished.”
Alvarez admitted: “It will be a big risk to work close quarters with him, but if you don’t take risks you don’t win fights. I risk everything in every fight, and so does he.
“I was paid 800 pesos (about £40) for my first pro fight but boxing has made me the man I am today.”
Golovkin has never taken a count and claimed: “I don’t feel the power of my opponents. But one punch can change your life for ever.”
No one appreciates that risk more than Canelo’s trainer Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso, who warned: “It’s dangerous when you face a fighter in his prime who can punch like Golovkin.
“They’ve handed us a stick of dynamite and we have to be careful that it doesn’t explode on the night.”
- Canelo v Golovkin is live tonight on BoxNation Box Office. Press the Box Office button on your Sky remote or buy online at www.boxnation.com
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