Sanchez Talks GGG Breaking Hopkins’ Record
Gennady Golovkin looks to break a record on Saturday that once seemed unbreakable, as he attempts to secure his 21st consecutive defense of his middleweight championship.
The undefeated WBC/WBA/IBO middleweight title holder is currently tied with Bernard Hopkins, and has Canelo Alvarez standing across as the potential record breaking opponent.
Hopkins, who is an executive with Alvarez’ promoters Golden Boy Promotions, and will be sitting with the man he beat to set that record, Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, nearly 14 years to the day they faced off on September 18th, 2004.
“That was a defining fight for both Bernard and Oscar because of the way they fought and the way Bernard won. They both dared to be great,” said Abel Sanchez.
“I reviewed the tape of that fight early in training camp and I saw how Bernard stopped Oscar dead in his tracks with a picture-perfect liver shot. I normally don’t like to give away our game plan but I don’t mind sharing this part of it, Gennady has trained and is prepared to do the same thing to Canelo. We have freshened it up and even gave it a name, The Ginger Snap. Personally, I think it would be poetic justice to break the record using the same type of punch that Bernard used on Oscar to unify the middleweight titles
“Saturday’s fight will define Gennady and Canelo. We are going to see if Canelo is coming to fight or coming to run, to survive, in hopes of receiving another gift from the judges,” continued Sanchez.
“Gennady is ready to take the wind out of Canelo’s sails with that punch to the liver. Gennady doesn’t just fight Mexican Style, he fights like a Philadelphia fighter of old. Don’t be surprised if Gennady end things using a punch that is a throwback to those days — a classic liver shot — to puncture the Canelo myth once and for all. Bernard was the first fighter to stop Oscar and Gennady is looking to be the first one to stop Canelo.”