Canelo and GGG sparring partners: 'They are faster than they look'Written by Lee Cleveland
One of the biggest match-ups in boxing in the last 20 years, Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, is official for September 16th, 2017.
For elite level fighters, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin don't look exceptionally fast a la Roy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De Hoya and Floyd Mayweather in their primes.
In fact, to the untrained eye, Canelo and Golovkin probably look slow compared to the aforementioned speed demons.
However, on the elite level, their speed is formidable at the very least. And when compared to most Top 20 middleweights, they're probably quite fast.
ESNews recently caught up with a young fighter who has sparred Gennady Golovkin and another who sparred Canelo Alvarez.
Both fighters, who names we didn't catch, insist Canelo and Golovkin are much faster than they look, and masters of timing.
" I sparred with Triple G... it's good man," stated one young man.
"He's a very [deceptive] fighter."
"All lot of people kinda make it seem like 'oh he's a little slow but he's strong with both his hands'"
"But once he's in front of you, he's a lot faster than you'd expect."
"He knows how to time his punches."
"He'll tap you and you'll be like 'this isn't too bad.'"
"But once he starts letting them go..."
"He knows he has you broken down."
"He's strong with both hands."
Another young fighter shared similar observations about Canelo.
"Outside the ring he looks slow but once you’re inside..."
"It's his timing. Timing beats speed."
"He's definitely got that great timing. That's what definitely impressed me the most."
It's so easy to use speed demons like Jones, Leonard and De La Hoya as measuring sticks for speed. But in doing so, people underestimate the quickness of fighters who have formidable but not mesmerizing speed on the elite level.
In fact, those fighters are often dismissed as slow, but nothing could be further from the truth. One can make a better assessment of their speed when watching them train up close in the gym, and an even better one when sparring them.
Canelo vs GGG News
Date: September 16, 2107
Broadcast: HBO PPV (US)
Champion: Golovkin (Consensus)
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Even a 40-something Big George Foreman was much faster than he looked on TV, per several of his opponents.
Speed-wise, Canelo and GGG aren't Roy Jones, Jr and Sugar Ray Leonard but are a lot faster than they look.
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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