Canelo says he shouldn’t have been the first to defeat Gennady Golovkin
Canelo Alvarez has opened up on his forthcoming challenge against Danny Jacobs and the American’s close fight with Gennady Golovkin in 2017.
The Mexcian attempts to unify the division again on May 4 in Las Vegas, with Jacobs putting his IBF version up to his own WBC and WBA versions.
Jacobs is a solid competitor as shown opposite Golovkin when they met. WBN had Jacobs winning a wafter-thin decision on the night at Madison Square Garden.
Like WBN, Canelo saw Jacobs taking the spoils in what would have been Golovkin’s first loss.
Ironically, it was Canelo who belatedly holds that honor after ‘GGG’ walked away a unanimous winner on the cards.
“Obviously I’ve seen the fight. Not only this fight, we watch other fights to see if there is a variety, a change in different styles, how he adapts to different opponents,” said Canelo.
“Based on that, we work on our strategy and prepare for what’s coming on fight night, whatever he can bring and the changes he might make.
“I mean, the fight (with Golovkin) was close. Could have been to anyone. For me personally, boxing is an appreciation. For me, Jacobs won the fight.”
Asked how he sees the Jacobs fight unfolding at the T-Mobile Arena next month, Canelo added: “It’s going to be a very difficult fight, especially in the first few rounds.
“Until the moment that I start adapting and imposing my style, it will be a difficult fight because of his style.
“He’s an opponent that is very complete. He knows how to obviously change guards from south paw to orthodox. He knows how to move in the ring. Very difficult.
“We know the risk of this fight, and it is a high-risk fight. A fighter of my experience, of my level, has to adapt and know how to adapt to all the levels.
“That’s what we’re preparing for. We’re working very hard to prepare and come out with the victory,” he concluded.
Canelo recently admitted he may not face Golovkin, as anticipated in 2019, following the Kazakh’s decision to join DAZN.
The middleweight king wants Golovkin to hold a title before they eventually meet in a trilogy battle.
This means Golovkin will have to target Demetrius Andrade in the coming months and get his hands on the WBO strap.