Trainer Abel Sanchez won’t be making too many adjustments for September 15 when star fighter Gennady Golovkin once again goes up against Canelo Alvarez.
The pair of middleweights have a strained relationship since their initial meeting in September 2017 when Golovkin was denied what seemed a clear victory.
Add to that a failed drug test by Canelo due to tainted Mexican beef and both are barely on speaking terms as they prepare to go at it for three 160 pound titles.
Addressing what the approach would be this time around, Sanchez says Golovkin just has to go out there and do the same again.
“We prepare ourselves and we prepare Gennady to be the best Gennady can be. We won the first fight. A lot of people know we won the last fight. He knows he won the last fight.
“Some adjustments obviously will be made in camp but Gennady fights in a style that is not only fan-pleasing but a style that he has mastered with a 23-knockout streak, in, what, 20 defenses, making it the 21st on the 15th. I think that’s the best in history. He’s tied Hopkins’ record. He’s got a knockout ratio, the best in middleweight history.
“I think the changes are going to be minimal. But I think it’s all going to depend if Canelo brings his courage.”
Asked whether he holds a grudge after several digs at Canelo in the media, Sanchez replied: “I talked about him because of what his actions have been and I think the consequences it has caused for us as a team here, the GGG team.
“He’s an exceptional fighter. Two guys at the top of their game are going to duke is out on the 15th. I hope we get the kind of fight that we are expecting.
“We had been waiting for the commission to do their investigation, and come on, whatever the findings were, unfortunately they made a mistake. We have a fight on our hands September 15. They found him innocent of anything, any wrongdoing, so we have to go with that.
“My personal feelings have nothing to do or should have nothing to do with the actual findings of the commission.
“They felt that he made a mistake. They felt that he ingested some bad beef. Hopefully, this time that they are in Mexico, he doesn’t do that again. We’d like to have a fight on the 15th and the fans deserve that,” he added.
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