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Sanchez pulling the reins on Golovkin early in training camp

Gennady Golovkin has wanted this fight for so long that his trainer has to make sure he doesn’t burn himself out too soon.

Gennady Golovkin Fight Week Media Workouts Photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin has begun serious training for his September 16th showdown with Canelo Alvarez. But now it’s up to his trainer to make sure he’s in peak form on fight night — and not before then.

Considering that Golovkin has wanted this fight so badly for so long, trainer Abel Sanchez says that the hardest part of his job is keeping Golovkin from going full tilt two months before the fight. He doesn’t want Golovkin leaving it all in the gym, particularly at age 35.

“The most difficult thing to do with Gennady is to hold him back. Starting slowly is just not in his vocabulary.

“Gennady wanted this fight for so long. I can already tell he is going to pull out all stops in this training camp to be at his best on September 16. This is war” he added.

Canelo-Golovkin is a legit fight that fans are genuinely looking forward to, and for good reason, but it’s been largely overshadowed by another event that’s taking place just a few weeks prior.

Hopefully as the fight draws closer Golden Boy will drop the lead foot on the promotional gas pedal. Canelo-Golovkin is a big deal in the boxing world, but it doesn’t have the star power of Mayweather-McGregor.

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