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Abel Sanchez predicts 18th straight KO for Gennady Golovkin

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In a prediction unworthy of Nostradamus, Abel Sanchez foreshadows another KO for GGG.

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Respected trainer, Abel Sanchez, fully expects the Gennady Golovkin freight train to keep on rollin' come October 18th.

"Gennady Golovkin will get his 18th straight knockout on the 18th," said Sanchez, from his facility in Big Bear, Calif., where he and his fighter have been training since mid-August. "We're still in Big Bear. We won't be coming down until probably next week, like Tuesday or Wednesday...I think that it will take about three or four rounds for Gennady to figure him out but I don't think that the fight goes into the fifth round - or much into the fifth round - personally."

Marco Antonio Rubio and his trainer, Robert Garcia, have intimated that they plan on enacting a "real Mexican-style fight," which I'm not sure will suit them so well. Then again, I'm not sure that any strategy they employ will upend the Kazakhstan native, as they are simply outclassed in every category here. Rubio is a tough guy of course, and I'm sure he'll eat some shots, but I don't see how he can weather them for the distance with his limited style.

"I think that since he was stopped by Kelly Pavlik in that fight, that Rubio has grown up a little bit. I think that he has matured because of his performances in meeting better foes. He fought Chavez to a 12-round decision loss," said Sanchez of Rubio, who was last in action for a 10th round stoppage of Domenico Spada in April.

"Rubio was able to withstand Lemieux's onslaught early and was able to stop him. I think that he understands the business a little better and I don't think that he's the same guy that fought Pavlik today. I think that he's older but I think that he's much, much more experienced. He still packs a wallop and you can see that by his record."

I guess that's one way to talk-up an opponent after you just tore them down.

"As I've said in the past, once Golovkin touches somebody, it doesn't matter where it is in the fight. It's like Mike Tyson used to say: once he touches somebody, their game plan goes out the window," said Sanchez.

"So I believe that the first round, as we've shown and we've made sure that he practices this, we go out and we see what we have in front of us and we see what our strategies are going to be. By the first round, he's got them figured out. So I believe that Rubio will end up the same way as everybody else does against Golovkin."

Nothing to see here...we pretty much all concur.