Canelo Feels He Can Handle GGG’s Power

Canelo Alvarez says that while he respects Gennady Golovkin’s punching power, he has handled it before and plans to do so again on Sept. 15 when the two have their anticipated middleweight title rematch.

The year 2017 saw both Daniel Jacobs and Alvarez go the distance with Golovkin, marking the first and second time GGG was unable to finish an opponent since 2008. But while Golovkin was victorious in his bout with Jacobs, a highly controversial 118-110 scorecard in favor of Alvarez caused the first Canelo-GGG clash to be ruled a split draw.

Golovkin most recently scored a second-round knockout against Vanes Martirosyan back on May 5, the originally planned date for the rematch before Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol, pulled from the fight and got a six-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“He has a very strong hit in his punches. That’s his strongest virtue as a fighter. He has that power,” Alvarez said. “But obviously, I’ve fought other strong fighters as well. And despite him being a 160-pounder, with respectable power, it’s nothing out of this world. I showed in the first fight that I can take his punches. He’s a respectable puncher, with respectable power, but nothing out of this world.”

Alvarez says that in fact, not only did he take everything GGG dished out at him, he knows he can beat him too after noticing he hurt GGG during the first bout.

“The first fight gave me the guideline to know what to do in the second fight, to know what to do differently,” Alvarez said. “In the first fight, I realized a lot of things. I learned I can knock him out. I learned that I can hurt him. There are a lot of things I learned in that fight. But also in that first fight, it was my first fight, officially, at 160 pounds, at the 160-pound limit. So I had to adapt. But now I’m more sure and I’m more confident about what I can do in this rematch.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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