Canelo Alvarez discussed the finer points of his September 15 rematch with Gennady Golovkin as the pair close in on one of the fights of 2018.
The Mexican superstar has been subjected to some sensitive questions in the build-up regarding a six-month suspension, but recently had the opportunity to speak his mind on a number of topics.
Regarding Golovkin’s hurridly-arranged May 5th fight, which came about when Canelo was handed a ban for Clenbuterol, the former two-weight world champion went in hard on the Kazakh puncher.
“I did see the fight in May. Of course I would. He’s the opponent that I have at hand and that’s my job to watch him. As far as what I thought about the fight, look, you can’t call that a fight. You have no opponent. That’s not my level of opponent. I didn’t pay attention as far as that being a fight,” said Canelo in his damaging assessment of Golovkin’s early victory over Vanes Martirosyan.
On ‘GGG’ having some love from the Mexican fans, Canelo added: “Look, I’ve always had detractors, regardless I’m fighting him or who I’m fighting. There’s always that side of the fans that are the detractors, but I have much more, many more, that love and support me.
“And now, that little respect that I had or that we had, it’s been lost, and come September 15, it’s just him and I in the ring, whether I have the support or not. It’s just going to be him and I, and he’ll see.”
Tactics – and alternative ones at that – always play a big part in rematches, although still sees his superior footwork and combination speed as the main elements to his attack next month.
“That’s part of the plan and part of what we are working on. Yes, we know what we have to do, and yes, we have to throw more punches. To win fights, you have to throw punches, and that’s what I do in all my fights.
“I did my fight. I did what I set out to do. I did what I trained to do but I did a great fight.
“But on September 15, I’m going to do the necessary adjustments and the necessary things to win. This man just likes to talk. He likes to talk a lot and bring up every excuse possible, but you’ll see, on September 15, what Canelo Alvarez is all about and what he’s capable of doing.
“Without a doubt it’s going to be a different fight. It’s going to be a better fight.
“We know what we have to do. I’m going it take even a stronger strategy, a better strategy, and it’s going to be a much better fight. We already know each other. Now we know what we have to do.”
Quizzed on the state of his knee following surgery in May, Canelo replied: “That’s always been part of my arsenal. I know how to move inside the ring. The knee is not a problem.
“We’ve been working hard now and we’ve been training here and it hasn’t given me any issues and if it does come up during the fight that it gives me problems, we’ll already have a Plan B, a strategy, behind that, as well.
“Simply put, it’s a brace just to support. I’ve been training really hard. It’s part of rehabilitation and I’ve been working really hard, and that is not going to be a problem, trust me,” he stated.