Canelo Alvarez’s trainer is far from impressed by Gennady Golovkin’s last two outings.
Golovkin put his IBF and IBO Middleweight Titles on the line against Kamil Szeremeta on December 18. Golovkin stopped Szeremeta before the eighth round could begin. This was one night before Canelo Alvarez captured the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles by defeating Callum Smith.
Over one year prior to fighting Szeremeta, Golovkin had a tough outing against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. While “GGG” emerged victorious via unanimous decision, some argued that Derevyanchenko deserved the nod.
Speaking to Little Giant Boxing, Canelo’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, expressed his belief that father time is catching up to Golovkin (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Well, I haven’t seen him (Golovkin) the same. I see him slower. With Derevyanchenko he looked really bad. A lot of people said he wasn’t well prepared. In his last fight (against Szeremeta) he looked bad as well.
“I saw him a bit slower against Szeremeta, a fighter at mid-level. He’s a fighter who always prepares well, he’s very disciplined but I think his age is catching up to him. It’s not easy. He’s a 38-year-old boxer coming off a long amateur career. As well as staying at one weight class is very difficult.”
Golovkin had two fights against Canelo. The first bout ended in a split draw. Canelo won the rematch via majority decision. It is the lone defeat in Golovkin’s pro boxing career.