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EXCLUSIVE: Golovkin leaving ‘scattered bodies’ in Canelo camp, sparring partners KO’d with jabs

Phil Jay 01/09/2018

WBC

Gennady Golovkin is looking sensational in training for his rematch with Canelo Alvarez, according to camp insider and Joe Joyce manager Sam Jones.

Jones, recently at Big Bear in California with Joyce training alongside Golovkin, has been witnessing first hand what the Kazakh puncher is capable of.

Casting his eye over one of the greatest fighters on the planet at close quarters has been a scintillating experience for Jones, who has been highly impressed by the middleweight king.

“Golovkin was knocking sparring partners out with jabs, I’ve never seen so many scattered bodies in my life!” Jones exclusively explained to World Boxing News.

“I’ve seen a lot of brutal spars but nothing compares to watching Gennady spar. (Trainer) Abel Sanchez and Golovkin’s twin brother Max have been forced to rein him at times, but what’s scarier than that is I’ve learned he only spars at 50 percent of his powers or there would be nobody willing to spar with him.

“Watching some of the sessions the partners were dropping like flies and one even went over with a jab. It was like an action film and there were bodies everywhere!”


Witnessing both sides of the man, who has a mild demeanor outside of the ring, Jones has become firm friends with ‘GGG’ since moving base from the UK to America over the summer.

Olympic silver medalist and current Commonwealth heavyweight title holder Joyce has been welcomed with open arms by Sanchez and his team at The Summit, with Golovkin the main voice and undoubtedly the top dog as the most experienced champion.

“Abel is the boss, of course as it’s his gym but Golovkin is the leader of the pack,” pointed out Jones.

“Outside the ring, Gennady is honestly one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and I’ve grown quite close to him. Some days, Gennady conducts the sessions himself and could one day be a great coach, there’s no doubt about it.

“He hasn’t missed one of Joe’s spars since he arrived and he’s always there to give advice. Joe has one hundred percent benefitted from being around Golovkin so far.

“This is not just something I’m saying because I’ve been there but this because I’ve become friends with him,” he added.

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Concluding with his thoughts on Golovkin’s rematch with Canelo Alvarez on September 15, Jones was quite emphatic in predicting a victory for the 36 year-old.

“I thought the first fight was definitely close, but with Canelo and all the controversy surrounding his failed tests and after watching Golovkin spar and train, I honestly cannot see anything else but a win inside the distance for GGG.

“I’m so gutted I can’t make it to Las Vegas for his fight, but I’ve had to come home in order secure my newest heavyweight signing who I can’t wait to announce,” revealed Jones.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay