Kovalev: GGG-Canelo is a 50/50 Fight

With 2017 around the corner, the boxing world begins again to build anticipation for one fight: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez. The highly-anticipated middleweight matchup is expected to happen in September, though a deal has yet to be finalized between the two sides.

As the hype for the fight builds, pundits and fighters alike begin to offer their opinions on who will emerge victorious when GGG and Canelo step into the ring.

One fighter whose opinion holds a particular weight is former light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who recently lost his titles in a controversy decision to Andre Ward. Kovalev is a former training partner of Golovkin’s and even was present for the famed sparring session between Golovkin and Canelo years ago.

Though many believe Golovkin (36-0) to have too much power for the Mexican star, Kovalev says that Canelo (48-1-1) can more than hold his own with the Kazakh puncher.

"Golovkin is a real threat, but Canelo is also good," Kovalev told BoxingScene. "My bet on this fight – it’s 50-50. If the fight takes place, it will go the entire distance, and there will probably be a war of intelligence. In other words, it’s going to be a chess match."

One detail that has become part of boxing lore is the rumored sparring session between Canelo and Golovkin years ago at the Big Bear gym in 2011. There have been a number of accounts concerning who got the better of who in that training session. Kovalev, who was there in the flesh, says that neither man dominated the other.

"I can tell you that when I trained in Big Bear, I can remember watching Golovkin and Alvarez sparring," he said. "I worked there for a year and half in that gym, where Gennady had been staying as well. We trained together. So I’ve seen the sparring session between Golovkin and Alvarez. They were both very competitive. Neither one was inferior to the other. As far as what happens in the present  – it really all depends. Gennady tends to have shorter fights, as he quickly destroys his opponents. And Alvarez tends to go a lot longer in his fights, but his opponents are stronger than those of Gennady."

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