For the third installment of his HBO blog leading into this weekend’s big fight against Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin talks a bit about his opponent having a similar style to him (specifically a good body attack), and how he approaches a fight against someone like that.
“This is more than a fight. It's a real Mexican fight. Abel brings a Mexican style to me. I love fighting Mexican style. I love Mexican food and eat it every day. I love the Mexican tradition. I am surrounded by it. I have many Mexican friends. I have Mexican blood.
“Seriously, just one punch changes a fight…a life. Just one punch. Canelo has power, he has speed. He knows me, I know him. My team has Plan A, B, C, D. And his team has the same. He's ready for short distance, long distance, decision. I do not know. Who lands the big punch first? It is not a fight. It is a war.”
Then when asked about the mutual respect between Canelo and himself, Golovkin responds:
“I respect Canelo because he is a warrior. We both respect the sport. I think now is the perfect time for us, for the promotion, for the sport, for business and for fans. I think right now it is the biggest fight in boxing.
“I am very excited to finally be fighting in Las Vegas but I am more excited that it is against Canelo. This is a fight where the people win. Boxing wins. Everyone loves our fighting style. We are both dangerous fighters. The last few fights Canelo has looked good. He has looked strong. Canelo is a superstar. This is an amazing fight for us.”
Meanwhile Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, says that he actually likes that Canelo makes a concious effort to attack the body because it mean that he’ll have to be in range to get lit up by Golovkin.
“Canelo is a very good fighter, but his successful (certain fights) body attack was against lesser competition. In order to land body shots he will have to put himself in range to be countered, so I would hope he throws body shots, it will make for great encounters.
“The difference is in experience, physicality and ring generalship. Canelo has been able to dictate in fights. If he tries that style against Gennady on September 16 then we will be treated to an explosive fight.”