Canelo vs GGG prediction: "Golovkin is the more complete fighter"Written by Lee Cleveland
Felix Trinidad Sr. knows boxing.
Under his guidance, his son, former three division world champion Felix 'Tito' Trinidad, became one of the hottest fighters in the 1990s and an all-time great.
So, who does Mr. Trinidad like in September's super showdown, Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin?
Without predicting how it would happen, the senior Trinidad is high on a GGG victory.
"I've always favored Gennady Golovkin to win, "Trinidad Sr. told Jose Sanchez as reported by BoxingScene.com.
"In that division, he is more of a complete fighter than Canelo. He can box, punch, he's a technician."
"He's a complete fighter in every sense of the word."
Golovkin is the entire package. He's excellent, offensively and defensively. And his punching power and durability are world class. Moreover, his understanding of timing and range, and ability to fight proficiently at angles where his opponent cannot land effectively is what makes him arguably the most complete fighter today.
To beat GGG, a fighter must get his respect and mute his aggression. If that fighter doesn't have a big punch, GGG will walk right through him.
"What Canelo demonstrated [against Chavez Jr.] is that he's strong in the middleweight division but he doesn't have that punch," Trinidad Sr added.
"And that will really work against him, against Golovkin."
Canelo vs Golovkin News
Date: September 16, 2107
Broadcast: HBO PPV (US)
Champion: Golovkin (Consensus)
"That fight [with Golovkin] has been sold for some time. The fight with Chavez was perhaps a way to convince themselves that they could [fight] with a middleweight. But there is an abysmal difference between Golovkin and Chávez's son, and you can't use [that fight] as a barometer," Trinidad Sr. said.
At this moment, many argue Golovkin is the more well-rounded fighter. Not only due to his presumed superior punching power but because of his of his deep amateur pedigree, overall experience (which includes nearly 400 amateur fights) and his technical proficiencies.
A former professional boxer from Puerto Rico, Felix Trinidad Sr was a prominent boxing trainer who is mostly remembered for training his son who is a hall of famer. Nevertheless, the senior Trinidad was a professional featherweight during the middle and late 1970s and the early 1980s who fought the likes of Salvador Sanchez and Enrique Solis.
During at least part of his career as a boxer, Trinidad Sr. sparred in a ring with hall of famer Wilfred Benítez.
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Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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