Via Sean Jones: Gennadiy Golovkin thinks he has a good chance of beating Canelo Alvarez on September 17, as long as the referees are unbiased and professional for their three-part match.
40-year-old Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) feels that his age will work in his favor as he has the experience and maturity to beat favorite Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) to strip him of his undisputed super-middleweight championship belt in their fight at 168th place.
Golovkin says he’ll be ready to fight in whatever way Canelo wants on September 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
If Canelo plans to fight inside, Golovkin will fight him there, and if he chooses to fight outside, he will adapt to him there as well.
It would have been better if Golovkin had chosen to follow the blueprint created by Dmitry Bivol because he showed that Canelo was essentially helpless when his opponent unleashed synergies he was incapable of defending. player and he couldn’t fit that style due to his poor fitness. .
Golovkin tried to take out Canelo in their first two skirmishes, and he failed in that mission. For the third bout, he should focus on boxing him and hope the referees don’t rob him in Las Vegas.
“I feel better than usual. I feel calm, relaxed, and stress-free,” Gennadiy Golovkin told Teddy Atlas’ The struggle. “Of course, I have my plan, my strategy, but it’s not just one fighter who decides how the fight will go.
“We will see what my opponent has to offer. I am ready for anything. If he wants to fight at close range, we will. If he wants to fight at a distance, we will fight at a distance.
“We will be ready for anything, and he will see everything in this fight. Maybe you can even see a knockout.
“It is difficult to compare two coaches. We cannot compare the first two wars with the third because a great deal of time has passed, and we are in a different time.
“I don’t want to belittle any of my coaches. I can only say that what the coach does in the game is not very important. How he acted in the fight and what strategy was chosen. But the whole training camp approach.
“For example, the approach to three months of training, and what it includes. With GB [Johnathon Banks]We’re trying a lot of new things. There is constant evolution in boxing and approach to training. We work with a conditioning coach and a nutritionist.
“It’s the holistic approach and attention to detail. Yes, I feel more mature. Maybe it’s because of my age and my experience of battles that I’ve had in my career.
“I have worked with experts who are on my team in a number of areas, and I have learned a lot about myself, and I feel very comfortable,” says Golovkin.
“It looks like you brought in new elements, and your training brought new elements into your training. I hope it all works out very well for you,” Atlas said.
“Your first two games against Canelo, Gennadiy, they were both middleweight. This fight was in the super-middle class, 168 pounds.
“How does that affect, if any, how does it affect your strategy going into this war, your preparation going into this war that you are fighting now? a bigger man, where before, you were the bigger man? Did it cause you to change anything during the preparation? ” Atlas said.
“I would say there aren’t any global changes to the approach because the difference is not huge,” says Golovkin. “It’s pretty much the same fight weight whether it’s 160 or 168. It’s just how you approach weight loss.
“If you need to gain weight at 160, you can just wear the wet suit three times instead of once when you need to gain 168. So at the same time, I don’t want to lose my strength; I don’t want to lose speed. So now that changes drastically,” says Golovkin.
Atlas said: “Gennadiy, obviously, we understand that Canelo received better treatment from the judges than you did. “I always talk about the point of a trainer that 75% of this business is spiritual.
“Does that fact have any effect on your morale during your time in boot camp, knowing that you might have to work a little harder to win and make decisions than he had to? ?” Atlas said.
“I don’t think I’ll need to do a little more in this fight,” Golovkin said. “I really hope that the referees, who are professionals, will judge this match in the actual sport of boxing.
“They look at the clean balls, they look at the number of shots, and we realize that everyone has their sympathy. But I hope this component will have the least role and the referees will do their best for the job they are assigned,” said Mr. Golovkin.
Atlas said: “Yes, I hope so, and we all hope so. “I have to ask the question because it’s the right question when the fans want to hear it.
“With all your experience and championship background, I don’t expect that to change what you have to do in any way, but it could happen in the short term. It can be on anyone’s mind.
“Did you watch the battle of Canelo-Bivol? I know you know what you have to do, obviously. You fought Canelo twice. Is there anything from that fight that you see that you believe could help you in your fight with Canelo? Atlas said.
“I still haven’t watched the full game,” Golovkin said of Canelo’s loss to Dmitry Bivol on May 7. “I just watched the highlights, and for me, it doesn’t make sense to watch the whole thing. match set because I didn’t like how Canelo looked in that match.
“I don’t want to belittle Bivol’s performance in this match, don’t get me wrong. Dmitry Bivol deserved this victory. He won. I just want to say that Canelo hasn’t been in his best form, and he hasn’t shown his potential probably because his attitude was different in this match.
“I am sure he will be another fighter in our fight. Statements about the judge’s decisions. 115-113, very close, like a close fight. I don’t think it is fair.
“I do not think so. I don’t know what is the reason for that. Even though the referees couldn’t believe Canelo could lose, that fight proved that Canelo wasn’t invincible, that he could be beaten.
“I really hope the judges will judge our match as unbiased and fair as possible. It will be a clear, unbiased performance by the judges,” said Golovkin.
“I agree. I hope so too; we all hope so, but we’ve seen bias and favoritism towards Canelo in the past,” Atlas said. I can be sure it won’t show up, but again, that’s not his job.
“His job is to get in the ring and do what he has to do to win the fight. . Many people will look at the age of 40, which you are now a negative person.
“I want to ask you, Gennadiy, are you really doing better now, and I’m serious, that you’re better now at 40? With all the experience you’ve been through and the growth you’ve talked about.
“Is there something about Gennadiy Golovkin, at 40 years old, something that you improve, better?” Atlas said.
“I’ve been a middleweight champion for over 12 years, and I’ve held several belts,” says Golovkin. “I have everything. I have experience, I am old, I have my own strength, so when I step out and when I get into the ring, I have nothing to prove to anyone.
“I don’t need to wear a technician’s mask. I don’t have to try to be someone else. I will just show the real Gennadiy Golovkin.
“Only God knows what will happen in battle, but I feel very comfortable being able to participate in his ring and box. I feel better than when I was 30 years old because back then, I was still chasing some records, and for example, scoring a knockout was on my mind.
“Now, I have all this baggage with my career and the experiences I bring with me that I can use,” says Golovkin.