By Manuel Perez: Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin really looks like he’s packed on the pounds for his fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez. With 1 week to go before the 30-day WBC mandated weigh-in, Golovkin looks like he’s in the neighborhood of 185 pounds for his fight against Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Look at the pictures in the video below. Man, Golovkin just looks huge. What has he been eating to get as big as he is? Golovkin looks bigger than his training camp partner IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev.
Golovkin being so fat is going to make it easy for Canelo to beat him on September 16. I always had Canelo, 27, winning that fight from the jump, but now I really can’t see any other outcome. The results of the Canelo-Golovkin fight are now academic with me after seeing how chubby Golovkin is. He must have been really stuffing the food down his gullet to get as big as a blimp.
All the exercises that Golovkin is doing in training camp are the fat burning style to try and burn through all the weight he’s packed on in the last 3 months. Golovkin looks like he’s been on 10 consecutive Christmas or Thanksgiving holidays. You now it is with people packing on weight during the holidays. Golovkin must have been eating up a storm to get as big as he is.
Golovkin looked like he’s put on at least 15-20 pounds since his win over Danny Jacobs on March 18. Why would Golovkin get so fat before the biggest fight of his pro career against Canelo?
The only Golovkin is going to take the weight off is through calorie restriction. He’s not going to be able to do enough exercises to burn off all the fat that he’s put on in such a short period of time. that’s why I was hoping he wouldn’t let himself get so fat for this fight. Of all the fights you would think Golovkin wouldn’t get fat, it would be this one against Canelo. The timing of GGG getting fat as a blimp tells me that he’s sabotaging himself.
It looks to me like GGG is using his training camp with trainer Abel Sanchez as a glorified fat farm to try and lose a mess of weight in time for the Canelo fight. I’m wondering if Golovkin is going to be able to make weight for the fight. He’s probably going to need to lose at least 15 lbs. just to get to his normal fighting weight of 170 lbs. From there, Golovkin would dehydrate the last 10 lbs. to get down to 160 lbs. for the weigh-in on September 15.
Ever since Golovkin stepped into the ring on the night of Canelo’s fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6, he’s looked really huge. I thought back then that Golovkin was weighing 185 pounds on the night the Canelo-Golovkin fight was officially announced inside the ring on that night. But that was a full 3 months ago. Golovkin should have lost some weight at least by now. Why is he still looking so seriously fat with a little over a month to go before the fight.
I don’t know what’s happened to the 35-year-old Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs). Did he decide to pig out and get fat for a tactical reason for the Canelo Alvarez fight? Is Golovkin looking for an excuse in case he loses the fight? He can tell the boxing public that he was too heavy and the fans might not give him as much grief.
Here are some reasons why Golovkin is so HUGE:
– He needs an excuse in case he loses to Canelo. He can blame it on the weight. To be sure, it’s a pathetic excuse for Golovkin to blame losing to Canelo on his weight, but I’ve seen it done before with fighters blaming their losses on their weight.
– Golovkin purposefully is coming in bigger in this fight to gain an advantage over Canelo, who has a history of being heavier than his opponents. If Golovkin comes in super heavy, then he won’t be the smaller guy on fight night.
– Golovkin’s weight was arguably low in the buildup for his last 2 fights against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs, and he looked worn down by the time he got into the ring for the fight. He looked over-trained for both of those fights. In a kneejerk reaction, Golovkin could be taking it easy this time around to make sure that he doesn’t let his weight get too low. Jacobs was said to have been around 190 after he rehydrated for the fight, and the weight seemed to help him against Golovkin by allowing him to be the bigger man. If Golovkin can be bigger than Canelo, then he won’t need to worry about being too light.
“This is new story,” said Golovkin to CBS Sports about Canelo fight. “I think this is going to be business now. Who is the best in the world? Who’s best pound for pound? Right now, I feel good. I feel like I’m 25. It’s not interesting for me,” said Golovkin in discussing the pound for pound ratings. “My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division. Pound for pound is for people, for you. It’s not interesting for me, because I know a lot of good boxers, huge, different styles, different weight, different people. I can’t say who’s pound for pound. It’s not interesting,” said Golovkin.
Golovkin is in denial about him getting old. That doesn’t surprise me. I don’t think he’ll ever admit that he’s getting old. But when Golovkin starts losing fights left and right, he’ll understand that he’s lost a step and is no longer the fighter that he once was in the past.
“If I look really good, I don’t have deal with Golden Boy,” said Golovkin about his fight against Danny Jacobs, which he barely won. “This is my experience. I need decision fight. I need full fight, 12 round decision fight. He looked very good against Chavez Jr. Chavez Jr. was nothing in last fight,” said Golovkin.
It sounds like Golovkin doesn’t want to admit that he fought a guy that had his number in Danny Jacobs. I don’t believe that Golovkin purposefully took it easy on Jacobs so that it would go 12 rounds in order to get the Canelo fight. Golovkin looked like he was fighting his heart out against Jacobs, but he didn’t have the talent, size, power or the stamina to take him out like he’d done with his previous opponents.
Canelo says he’s around 175 right now as he trains for the GGG fight. 175 is a good weight. Canelo can take that weight off easily. Canelo keep his weight right there and dehydrate the 15 lbs. off the week of the fight to make weight at 160. Canelo will then rehydrate to 175 and come into the ring big, strong and ready to do his business.
“I’m maintaining my weight right around 172, 175, around there,” said Canelo. “That’s what I train at. And I’m feeling really good. My speed is still there. I still have the same speed. If anything, I feel maybe a little stronger. I feel a little bit stronger, a little more power in my punches,” said Canelo.