Abel Sanchez expects better fight in Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch
The first encounter between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez was a solid, 12-round fight but far from a classic. However with the animosity ramped up for the rematch, Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez believes we could be in for a much more entertaining and violent affair on September 15.
“Absolutely,” he said on Monday, when Golovkin met with the members of the media, in Los Angeles, at the Palm Restaurant. “I think they’re mad enough at each other that they’re going to put on a great fight.”
Last year as they met, there was mutual respect between the two sides but that has gone out the window. When Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol, which caused their rematch on May 5 to be scrapped, the Mexican star was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Golovkin has not been hesitant in stating that he believes Alvarez deliberately cheated, something that has rankled “Canelo.”
“Canelo’s promising that he’s going to knock Golovkin out. He promised that the last time; he fought 45, 46 fights one way and then he ends up fighting a different fight against Golovkin and if he does what he says he’s going to do, he looks for Golovkin to knock him out. I think they’re going to be at a distance where both guys are going to hurt each other. Listen, I don’t know if Canelo hits hard enough to hurt Golovkin. What if he does and wobbles Golovkin?
“Then we got a fight; we’ve got a fight where they’re going to go at each other.”
But does Sanchez believe Alvarez is just merely posturing?
“Absolutely, absolutely. I think that he talks, he talks, he talks and, once the fight is over, he goes into hiding and doesn’t answer any questions, doesn’t talk to anybody and he waits for the next fight. Hopefully he’s a man of his word and does what he’s supposed to do.”