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Canelo works to improve conditioning, says Golovkin can’t change

Canelo Alvarez expects to earn a decisive victory by increasing his workrate.

Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Canelo Alvarez appears to be well aware that conditioning is arguably the only reason he didn’t secure a career-best win over Gennady Golovkin last year. And because of this the Mexican star is specifically working on improving that aspect of his game, so that he has the stamina to outwork Golovkin in every round.

From WBN:

“The last fight gave us the blueprint for this rematch. We don’t necessarily have to change the strategy; we just have to add to what we did. We have to throw more punches in every round.

“We need to do that to remove any doubts about the victory. For that we will work on our conditioning.”

And while Canelo is preparing to up his game for the second go-round, he doesn’t believe Golovkin will be making any real changes for the rematch. More precisely, he thinks Golovkin is incapable of fighting a different fight, and will adopt the same come-forward approach he is known for.

”He may want to change, but when things get tough, he’ll go back to the style he’s been using his whole life and which he has never changed.”

Golovkin’s trainer has recently intimated that they don’t in fact plan to adjust Golovkin’s strategy for this upcoming rematch, but might that be a tactical mistake in an of itself? In any event, both fighters have been exuding an air of confidence heading into this rematch, and both have reasons to feel good about their chances.

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