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Lederman: Golovkin not the same menacing guy he used to be

Longtime HBO commentator Harold Lederman believes Gennady Golovkin has been showing signs of aging.

In this video interview captured by iFL TV, Harold Lederman, among other topics, discusses the big upcoming fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Check out his thoughts on the fight.

Lederman on why fan perception has shifted from a lopsided Golovkin win to a 50-50 fight:

“My own personal opinion was that in the Danny Jacobs fight Gennady looked a little bit older...I think age is starting to catch up to him. You know, you saw it, he had problems with Danny Jacobs. You know, the Gennady Golovkin we’ve been seeing on HBO all along has been nothing short of menacing. You know, you remember the David Lemieux knockout, the Gabriel Rosado knockout, you know, some of them other knockouts - he was devastating.

“All the sudden he comes into the ring with Danny Jacobs and, you know, he looks like he’s having problems and I think that’s age. On the other hand, Canelo Alvarez, my god, he couldn’t have looked any better with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. if he wanted to. I mean he looked nothing short of sensational. So all of the sudden, you know, it’s, uh, where we all loved Gennady Golovkin to win this fight by a mile, now it’s becoming a very close fight. It’s becoming a more interesting fight for September 16.”

On if Golovkin’s problems with Jacobs could just be due to the fact that Jacobs is a world-class boxer himself:

“I don’t think so. My opinion was that Gennady Golovkin’s age is really starting to catch up to him and he’s not the same menacing guy who’s knocked out all them other guys on HBO. I think that, you know, he’s gone down a little bit and Canelo’s coming up a little bit.”

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