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Golovkin sends out chilling warning ahead of Canelo clash

by 15/09/2017 19:57:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are preparing for huge fight in Las Vegas 
  • Oscar De La Hoya is anticipating a gruelling contest that will not go the distance  
  • Both Golovkin and Canelo have insisted they will win the fight via a knockout 
  • History beckons for the victor and will prove who is the best middleweight

By Jeff Powell For The Daily Mail

Published: 17:31 EDT, 15 September 2017 | Updated: 19:57 EDT, 15 September 2017

The world of boxing is braced for a seismic eruption and the promoter of this earth-moving event predicts how violent it will be for the two men at its epicentre.

Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy none other, warns the best middleweights on the planet: 'They are about to go through eight or nine rounds of hell.'

Not that Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have ever been under any illusions about the ferocity awaiting them in the ring at the T-Mobile Arena this Saturday night.

Gennady Golovkin sends out chilling warning: 'I don't know if we'll go home or to hospital'
Gennady Golovkin sends out chilling warning: 'I don't know if we'll go home or to hospital'

Gennady Golovkin sends out chilling warning: 'I don't know if we'll go home or to hospital'

Not since the 27-year-old Mexican force of nature finally agreed to challenge the 35-year-old Kazakh power puncher for his collection of world championship alpha-belts.

'Supremacy,' is the title of this potentially epic collision and each is prepared to fight to oblivion if that is what it takes to assert mastery over this classic division.

Canelo says: 'We will both have to take much punishment but I will enjoy it. Very much. I love fighting. It is my life.'

Triple G Golovkin: 'Neither of us knows if we will be going home or to hospital at the end but as always I am ready to do my work. To take care of business.'

Golovkin will meet Saul Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday
Golovkin will meet Saul Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday

Golovkin will meet Saul Canelo Alvarez in a middleweight showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday

Both are promising a brutal and beautiful fight when they meet for middleweight supremacy
Both are promising a brutal and beautiful fight when they meet for middleweight supremacy

Both are promising a brutal and beautiful fight when they meet for middleweight supremacy

Both promise: 'We will give the people a beautiful fight.'

In this context, beauty is in the brutality.

That is the expectation of the 20,000 crowd in the sold out Arena – going rate now $15,000 for a seat at ringside – and the pay-TV audience of millions who will festoon these gladiators with the most enriching purses of their careers.

Alavarez up to $35 million, Golovkin around $25 million.

They are likely to earn every cent the hard way. They give no quarter, their punches are like mule kicks and the contrasting manner in which each of them boxes should guarantee that this one lives up to its billing as the fight of the decade.

Golovkin is a come forward fighter and has a style that resembles the Mexican way of fighting
Golovkin is a come forward fighter and has a style that resembles the Mexican way of fighting

Golovkin is a come forward fighter and has a style that resembles the Mexican way of fighting

Canelo has that too but is a counter-puncher supreme who will look to seize on openings
Canelo has that too but is a counter-puncher supreme who will look to seize on openings

Canelo has that too but is a counter-puncher supreme who will look to seize on openings

Styles make fights, is a mantra of this game, and Golovkin is frequently complimented as an Eastern European with the dynamic Mexican fighting style.

So much so that among the tens of thousands of Canelo's countrymen flocking here across the border upon which President Trump is so keen to build a wall are several wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan: 'Mexicans for Triple G.'

That is in keeping with the absolute respect in which the two gladiators hold each other.

Yet it is not really a singular style which characterises Mexican boxers, rather the warrior spirit which they recognise Golovkin also embodies.

In fact, it is the difference between the way each goes about his concussive business which holds out the prospect of a fight in the highest traditions of the ring.

Golovkin is all-out attack, raining down the massive blows which have knocked out no fewer than 33 of the 37 victims in his all-win career.

Golovkin is known for his power and has knocked out 33 of the 37 victims in his all-win career
Golovkin is known for his power and has knocked out 33 of the 37 victims in his all-win career

Golovkin is known for his power and has knocked out 33 of the 37 victims in his all-win career

Canelo is equally as tough and their contrasting styles are expected to make a great match-up
Canelo is equally as tough and their contrasting styles are expected to make a great match-up

Canelo is equally as tough and their contrasting styles are expected to make a great match-up

Alvarez is a counter-puncher supreme who will seize upon the openings presented by Golovkin's style. That method has brought Canelo 33 KOs in 49 victories, although there is that defeat by the great Floyd Mayweather and an irrelevant draw as a 16-year-old on his record.

The Mexican majority who will generate a fervent patriotic atmosphere on this weekend of their Independence Day celebrations are trusting that their young idol is catching Golovkin as he ages slightly into decline. That belief was fostered by Golovkin being taken the full 12 round distance for the first time in his most recent fight, by the dangerous Daniel Jacobs in New York.

He has bulked up and could be the heavier fighter when they meet in the ring on Saturday
He has bulked up and could be the heavier fighter when they meet in the ring on Saturday

He has bulked up and could be the heavier fighter when they meet in the ring on Saturday

The Mexican is marketed as the A-side of this event as the box office attraction in the Americas
The Mexican is marketed as the A-side of this event as the box office attraction in the Americas

The Mexican is marketed as the A-side of this event as the box office attraction in the Americas

But the Kazakh insisted: 'This is my fight. I am the champ. And I will still be the boss at the end.'
But the Kazakh insisted: 'This is my fight. I am the champ. And I will still be the boss at the end.'

But the Kazakh insisted: 'This is my fight. I am the champ. And I will still be the boss at the end.'

Yet this baby-faced assassin looks 35 going on 25 as he smiles down on the Vegas Strip from the giant images advertising his first fight in the boxing capital of the world.

How does he feel about all that?

'Interesting,' he muses. 'Nice face mine, think. Excited perhaps. But really just another ring, another fight, another opponent in the other corner.'

But an opponent who, like himself, has never been put down let alone knocked out. An opponent who has been given time to develop from world light-middleweight champion into not just a full blown middleweight but a challenger likely to be even bigger than Golovkin on the night.

Canelo's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, has been accused of delaying the fight for three years
Canelo's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, has been accused of delaying the fight for three years

Canelo's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, has been accused of delaying the fight for three years

Some believe the timing favours Canelo after Golovkin's last fight against Daniel Jacobs
Some believe the timing favours Canelo after Golovkin's last fight against Daniel Jacobs

Some believe the timing favours Canelo after Golovkin's last fight against Daniel Jacobs

Canelo has bulked up so much in training that he is being forced to deny that he has had difficulty making the 160 lbs weight limit.

There are suggestions, also, that he may ignore the stipulation of one of the championship bodies that neither man must put on more than ten extra pounds come a second weight check on the morning of the fight.

If Alvarez exceeds that 170 lbs specification the IBF would pronounce him ineligible to win their belt, then declare that title vacant should he beat Golovkin.

That would be a cynical ploy by Canelo to give himself an unexpected size advantage but he might deem the accompanying fine worth paying since the WBC, WBA and IBO world titles would still be on the line.

Triple G takes a philosophical view. Even though his challenger is marketed as the A-side of this event as the box office attraction in the Americas, Golovkin says: 'This is my fight. I am the champ. And I will still be the boss at the end.'

Alvarez, naturally, sees the outcome differently: 'Every night as I go to bed I visualise myself knocking him out. And I will.'

Golovkin: 'He's dreaming. There are no survivors in my fights.' 

But the 35-year-old middleweight champion remains confident of getting the knockout
But the 35-year-old middleweight champion remains confident of getting the knockout

But the 35-year-old middleweight champion remains confident of getting the knockout

And Golovkin ushered a final warning to his opponent: 'There are no survivors in my fights.'
And Golovkin ushered a final warning to his opponent: 'There are no survivors in my fights.'

And Golovkin ushered a final warning to his opponent: 'There are no survivors in my fights.'

De La Hoya has been accused of delaying this night for almost three years so Canelo, his prime asset, could grow in size and experience but he dismisses the weight issue: 'If Golovkin is the bigger middleweight, so be it. If Canelo loses to a better man, so be it. It is what this fight can do for boxing and the place it takes in the annals of our sport which is the most important.'

History does beckon for the winner, perhaps elevation to a seat with such as the Sugar Rays, Marvellous Marvin, Hitman Hearns and Stone-Hands Duran in the middleweight lexicon.

And if the fight lives up to its promise Canelo and Triple G could go on to one of boxing's historic trilogies.

De La Hoya believes it won't go 12 and warned the pair they will go through many rounds of hell
De La Hoya believes it won't go 12 and warned the pair they will go through many rounds of hell

De La Hoya believes it won't go 12 and warned the pair they will go through many rounds of hell

Clearly De La Hoya, with his eight to nine rounds of hell prognosis, does not expect this to go to the judges. Nor do I, even though this is likely to be viciously close in all its elements.

Privately, Golovkin must expect that if the margins of the scoring are narrow he is less likely to be given the decision in the imported Mexican environment.

If that brings added urgency to the heaviest pound-for-pound punchers in the hardest game, Canelo may succumb to Triple G's physicality and power shortly before the schedule termination, in rounds ten or eleven.

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