GGG Disses Canelo’s Last Performance
Canelo Alvarez’s fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. failed to live up to expectations, but the disappointment subsided after the fight when Gennady Golovkin was brought into the ring for the announcement that he would finally be fighting Canelo in September.
The fight has been years in the making, with many believing that Canelo’s last few fights were unnecessary bouts against outmatched opponents for the sake of pushing the dangerous GGG fight further into the future.
Golovkin, who was in attendance for Canelo-Chavez, was not impressed with his rival’s performance. He did admit however, that Canelo is likely the hardest puncher he will have faced yet.
“No, [I haven’t fought anybody as powerful as Canelo or hits as hard], nobody. I think he’s first [among my opponents], he’s the first real champ,” Golovkin told TMZ. “I’ll train for this at 100%. It’s a different style. He knows me and I know him. We trained together four years ago. But it’s a little bit different. My coach Abel Sanchez has a plan. This is boxing. This is a huge fight for both of us. We are both ready for a big drama show. I don’t think [he’s felt a punch like mine].”
Before the fight could be announced, Canelo had to get past Chavez Jr. The fight was a stale affair, with Chavez refusing to engage and going into a defensive shell as Canelo proved to be the far superior boxer.
Sitting in the arena, Golovkin was perplexed. He was expecting Canelo to put Chavez away or at least drop the outmatched Mexican, but the moment never came.
“It was very interesting for me – because why couldn’t he stop him or knock him down? He looks terrible,” Golovkin said. “He must [get the knockout]. If he has so much energy, so much power [by choosing to stand between rounds], then show me in the next round. After first round [you stand between rounds to show off], then stop him in the second round. That was to show muscles, maybe for girls.”