Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) is 8 years old than the 27-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), but he feels he’s the younger fighter of the two. Golovkin is 35, and some boxing fans feel that he’s now on the downside of his career after the way he was kept in check by his last opponent Danny Jacobs on March 18.
Golovkin’s long 23-fight knockout streak ended in that fight and he almost lost. Golovkin squeaked by with a narrow 12 round unanimous decision. The fight was close enough to give Jacobs ammunition to complain to the media that he should have won. 5 months later, Jacobs is still saying he should have won.
Golovkin will be fighting Canelo on September 16 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin is the favorite in the fight, but the odds have been consistently narrowing as the fight draws closer. It wouldn’t be surprising if the fight is rated as a 50-50 affair by the odds-makers by the time the two fighters step into the ring on September 16.
“I feel great at this age,” said Golovkin. “Seriously, I don’t know, just my training every day, I’m just the same. Just my sparring is the same, like my speed, my power, I don’t lose. I feel like ten years ago,” said Golovkin. ”Like right now, I’m 35, but I feel like 25. Maybe inside, maybe right now I’m younger than Canelo. I feel like 25.”
Golovkin had looked great up until 2 fights against before he fought Kell Brook and Jacobs. If GGG can get back to the way he was fighting in 2015 when he was beating the likes of David Lemieux with ease, Canelo will be in for a real beating on September 16. One thing is for sure. If Golovkin is able to get back to being the fighter he was in 2015, Canelo is in BIG trouble.