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Abel Sanchez goads Canelo into coming forward for Golovkin rematch

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The trainer says Canelo was stuck in reverse gear for the whole first fight.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez - News Conference Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

As the May 5th rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin draws closer, Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez attempts to shame Canelo into standing his ground and trading with his fighter.

“I hope Canelo was able to see a transmission specialist for the rematch because in the first fight he was stuck in reverse,” said the top trainer.

”All I know is that after the first fight the fans were not booing Gennady Golovkin. The rematch took long to make because Canelo takes long to heal and had long memories of the first fight.”

Sanchez has repeatedly called out Canelo for not delivering the kind of fight he promised to fans the first time around, but Canelo has largely been dismissive of the taunts, essentially saying he’s an intelligent fighter and isn’t going to fight Golovkin in a manner that clearly favors his opponent.

Truthfully, you can’t really blame Canelo for fighting in a style that gives him the best chance to win just as you can’t blame Sanchez for attempting to goad Canelo into a firefight that would likely benefit Golovkin.

Still, though, one does have to wonder if Sanchez isn’t harping on this issue because he has serious concerns about Golovkin’s ability to win decisively if Canelo doesn’t stand and trade.