Here we are, 10 days away from another big drama show.
Ah, but will it be the right kind of drama, the preferred kind, not the too oft seen sort we are handed in boxing?
Will we the fans be dissecting the ebbs and flows in action after midnight on September 15, or will we be adding new names to the pantheon of shame, locking a person or two into Twitter jail for the crime of being inept at judging prizefights?
Fingers and toes are crossed that will not be the case, and the best way to ensure that we get no CJ Ross and Duane Ford repeats is for Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez to remove the arbiters from the equation.
Render them null, void, un-needed.
This subject, gunning for the KO, came up on the Tuesday conference call to hype the sequel scrap, which will unfold at T-Mobile in Las Vegas, and on HBO PPV.
So, we boiled down the essence of the call into a grouping of best “power punches” landed. Here are the eight best connects from Gennady Golovkin, the Eight Great:
FROM THE MOUTH OF GGG
1) “My body, my speed, my power, everything is coming back, I feel like I am 25 years old.”
Tantalizing talk! Will it bear out as truth or fiction on Sept. 15? You best buy in to satisfy your curiosity!
2) GGG was asked if he thinks some of his fans might jump off the Golovkin Train, for the sin of being too mean to Canelo. “Well, first of all, I didn’t really say anything bad. I really said only one phrase and one sentence about that, and I never said anything personal, never offended him personally,” GGG replied.
Hmmm, this guy has really grown in his outside the ring ability for combat. He’s been hammering away pretty good at Canelo for months now, and hasn’t backed off his assessment that the clenbuterol positive was no accident. I’d say that’s pretty personal, and guess what, it has helped juice this promotion. “Cheating.” “Dirty.” Yep, GGG has gone Bad Boy in the trash talk department
3) “What he’s trying to say right now, it just proves that he’s not keeping his word. He’s trying to deceive people again, and being dishonest. But it doesn’t matter what he said. Let him say whatever he wants,” GGG said, keeping on hammering at Canelo, in this case for being a “runner.”
Yes, it bears repeating, GGG is now fully comfortable in looking to get under a foe’s skin, in order to try and manipulate the way that man might react in the fight. Smart ring generalship, out of the ring.
4) “But not even five years ago, even two years ago, we couldn’t get them to fight us. They were avoiding the fight every way possible. If you remember, they even gave up one of the belts, the WBC belt, they gave it up, to avoid us,” said GGG, when asked about him being annoyed this one didn’t happen when he was actually closer to 25. On the attack, GGG labels Canelo a runner — runner inside AND outside the ring!
5) All through the call, GGG was sharp and pointed in his attacks. “What I want to say is I don’t want to go so low at the level of statements like that,” he said when asked about Chepo Reynoso labeling Abel Sanchez a donkey. “It just shows a lack of class. It shows low class. It just shows a lack of upbringing, lack of intelligence. It just shows, again, how they behave themselves. I’m never able to say anything so low about anybody. So I just don’t want to comment about this anymore.”
Calling someone low class, um, yeah, that might get them riled, and feeling like they should override an urge to box smart and instead box with savage intent.
6) This call blew me away. GGG’s focus on busting chops is so strong. “I am really thankful that Abel is not bringing in any illegal and banned substances into my fighting career and hasn’t taught me something which was not allowed in boxing, so I’m really thankful for him of being such a great coach,” he said, when asked what he appreciates about Coach Sanchez. Skilled rhetorical assassin, bringing the subject matter back to the topic he wants to touch on all the time.
7) OK, how does this phrasing not bump up the PPV buy rate? “Well, what I’ve always really wanted to do, I want to punish him,” said Golovkin. “I want to have a fight and punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done, so basically to size him down and to put him and his team in their place.”
8) More promise of violence, of a lack of civility, this was GGG in superb selling mode. “Well, nobody knows how it’s going to end, what’s going to be the result. But nobody is going to congratulate anybody, that’s for sure,” GGG stated.
Check back for Canelo’s 8 Great from the same call, and feel free to weigh in with your thoughts. Hasn’t GGG become pretty damned adept at the hype aspect of this game?