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Gennady Golovkin: Weight problems? Or much ado about nothing?

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With less than a week remaining until Canelo Alvarez takes on Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, many fight scribes, internet bloggers and die-hard boxing fans have more than just insinuated that Triple G appears to be uncharacteristically "out of shape" and "heavy" heading into the most important bout of his eleven year professional career.  

As a result of the critical speculation currently circulating throughout the boxing community about Golovkin's weight, money has been pouring into numerous Sports Books, favoring an Alvarez victory over the current and undefeated WBC, WBA and IBF champ.  

Despite being heavily favored at this time last year, GGG is now virtually even money to begin fight week, currently listed at a microscopic (-160), or a less than a 2 to 1 betting favorite at the time of publication. 

Immediately following all of the fight action from Carson, California this past Saturday night, Triple G's head trainer, Abel Sanchez, attempted to set the record straight regarding the now rampant "overweight" or "lightly conditioned" rumor. 

Trainer insists Golovkin's weight is fine
"Yesterday was the 7 day weigh in for the WBC.  We sent a picture in, and on the scale he weighed 164.4 pounds before we started training at 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon," the experienced fight trainer stated to Seconds Out online.  

"I worked him out really light because he's right where I wanted him to be.  I sent his sparring partners home, and they were glad that I sent them home."

"So the speculation from the geniuses behind the keyboards who seem to know more than we do is not accurate. But it doesn't really matter to me what people say...all that matters is that I prepare Gennady to be the best version he can be on the 16th.  Hopefully Canelo will be also."

"I think everyone will be surprised at how dominant Gennady will be."

Because the 35 year old Kazakh puncher appeared to be noticeably less dominant and imposing throughout his most recent outing, opposite former "Regular" WBA Middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs, many critics, including Canelo's longstanding promoter and mentor Oscar De la Hoya, believe the 27 year old Mexican native is catching Golovkin at the perfect time.  With an ostensive advantage in speed, reflexes and defense, coupled with a seemingly bigger and stronger version of the former WBC/WBA Junior Middleweight champion, some observers are expecting to see a more tentative and respectful version of GGG this Saturday night.

Sanchez looks forward to seeing how much esteem Golovkin will have for Canelo's power and sharp counter punching ability within the first three or four rounds of the scheduled 12 round affair.  The Big Bear Lake based fight coach warns Triple G's critics not to be surprised if Golovkin shows the ability to walk through Canelo's best shots while forcing the Mexican favorite to use his feet as a primary method of defense.

Canelo vs Golovkin: Weight stipulations
"Look, Canelo still has to weigh in at 160 pounds, just like Golovkin," observes Abel Sanchez. "He still has to weigh in at 170 pounds or less on the morning of the fight as well.  So I'm not worried about Canelo punching any harder or being any stronger. He's going to be the same Canelo he's always been. He still has to get in the ring with Golovkin, and we already know what Gennady can do at 160 pounds."

"If Canelo elects to move around and run, which he hasn't shown in the past, we may not get the kind of fight that we want. I'm hoping that we get a classic fight, because Golovkin is ready to go 12 rounds as hard as he can...and if Canelo can stand it, then we're going to see a great fight."

But that's the biggest question leading into this fight...will both fighters elect to stand in the pocket and trade, giving long suffering boxing die-hards the contest for which they've been clamoring?

Abel is hopeful Gennady and Canelo will put forth a "throwback" type of effort at the T-Mobile Arena this Saturday night.


Canelo vs GGG News
Date: September 16, 2107
Broadcast: HBO PPV (US)

Division: Middleweight
Champion: Golovkin (Consensus)
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas


"Just like when Marvin (Hagler) fought Ray (Leonard)...it was kind of the same scenario," said Sanchez after watching the naturally smaller Roman Gonzalez get knocked out in the fourth round by the current 115 pound WBC champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. "You had a speedster in Ray, who was moving up from 147 pounds, and you had the established Middleweight champion in Marvin, who was dominating everybody."

"It's the bull and the matador.  And if they both come to fight, we're going to see an explosive and dramatic fight."

In 1987, Sugar Ray Leonard came out of retirement to hand "The Marvelous One" his first professional loss in over a decade by way of a controversial split nod, in what was later dubbed 1987's "Fight of the Year" and "Upset of the Year".

Will Golovkin and Alvarez give the paying customers this same sort of drama filled effort? Will both fighters dare to be great and take the same calculated risks this Saturday night in Las Vegas?


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