Canelo Alvarez will be going for the knockout immediately when the Mexican trades blows with middleweight king Gennady Golovkin again on September 15.
The two-weight world title holder admits he was a little shot-shy the first time they met in 2017, a move which ultimately cost him the victory.
Canelo was handed what some believe was a debated draw with Golovkin in Las Vegas and the 27 year-old says he can rectify his errors to take the title belts at the T-Mobile Arena next month.
“I’ve seen that fight about ten times, and what I think I needed or if there was an error, it was that I defended punches and I didn’t take advantage to counter that. I have to add that to this game plan,” explained Canelo.
“Every chance I get to hit him, I have to hit it. Every time I slip or dodge a punch, I have to come back. That’s what I needed in this fight, and that’s what I’m going to do on September 15.
“As with the first fight, we have to see how this fight is going to take place and how it’s going to pass. After the first one, we needed the second one because it was a draw and because the fans wanted it. Personally, for me, I want it to end here. I want it to define very clearly who’s the best in this rematch.
“(In the first fight) I knew that he was strong, and I knew that he could take punches, and I knew that he could assimilate well. Nothing surprised me. I knew who he was. I knew he’s strong. And he’s going to be strong in this fight. I know he’s going to be strong in this fight, and that’s why I’m training.
But more than that, the first fight showed me what I can add to my game plan to beat him on September 15.
“From the beginning, I will work him to look for that KO. That’s what I’ll be doing from the very first round, and that’s why I’m training and I’m mentally prepared to do that.
“Obviously, you know, that’s the way I want this fight to end by knockout, and for them to raise my hand after that knockout victory,” he added.
On whether he’s fighting to save his reputation following a six-month ban for a failed drugs test, Canelo concluded: “This fight I will just show that I’m the best, that I’m better than he is. That’s why I’m fighting, to continue my history and my story and to continue facing good challenges.”
Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
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