By Rich Cheney: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says he likes the idea of Gennady fighting former 4 division world champion Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) in December if everything goes right on September 16 in his title defense against Saul Canelo Alvarez. Loeffler isn’t sure what direction Golovkin will go in after the Canelo fight.
Cotto, 36, recently beat Yoshihiro Kamegai by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to win the vacant WBO junior middleweight title on HBO World Championship Boxing at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It was a good win for Cotto, who showed the boxing public that he still has a lot left in the tank with the results from the Kamegai fight. Golovkin, 35, would obviously have zero interest in fighting for Cotto’s WBO 154lb title. That belt is just adornment, a trinket to validate Cotto as still a good fighter in the eyes of the casual boing fans.
”Miguel Cotto brings confidence in the ring,” said Loeffler when asked if Gennady would be interested in fighting Cotto in December. ”If Gennady’s successful on September 16th; I think that would be a tremendous match-up. He wants to establish himself as the most marketable and the best fighter in the sport of boxing. Fighting a legend like Miguel Cotto, I think would be tremendous. We’ll focus on September 16 first. If he gets past that, we can see what options are out there for him.” said Loeffler.
We don’t even know if Cotto would want to fight Golovkin if he beats Canelo. Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach said last Saturday night that Cotto wants the winner of the Canelo-Golovkin fight, but there’s no way of knowing whether that was just a sound-bite to get the attention of the boxing world, because it makes sense for the Puerto Rican fighter to name drop as much as possible to get the attention of the boxing fans on him for his next fight, which is supposed to be televised on HBO PPV.
If Cotto can’t get Canelo or Golovkin to fight him, then he’ll have a good chance of getting former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux to ink a contract for the fight. Cotto vs. Lemieux is a good fight. It won’t bring in a ton of buys on HBO, but it would be a good retirement fight for Cotto. Hopefully that would be a match that would have positive results for Cotto.
I’m not sure that it would at this point. If Cotto had fought Lemieux 6 years ago when he was still badly flawed in 2011 and losing to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine, Cotto would have a good chance of beating the Canadian knockout artist. If they fight right now, I would favor Lemieux to wear down Cotto and knock him out badly.
Cotto’s face was swelling up from the light shots that Kamegai was hitting him with last Saturday night, and Kamegai isn’t a big puncher. It just shows that Cotto is not the fighter that he once was in the past. He could get on his bike and shove all he wants against Lemieux, I still don’t see him winning that fight.
Loeffler expects GGG to put pressure on Canelo
Tom Loeffler says Golovkin is going to put a lot of pressure on the 27-year-old Canelo, and look to wear him down and stop him in their fight on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Loeffler didn’t come right out and say it, but Canelo’s major weakness that he’s shown in the past is he wears down when he’s pressured. Liam Smith and Floyd Mayweather Jr. both tired Canelo out with pressure. Austin Trout did the same thing to Canelo in their fight in 2013.
“Fireworks, its Mexican styles for both guys,” said Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler. “Canelo doesn’t go backwards. Triple G is going to put pressure on him. We’ll see them fight in the middle of the ring, and we’ll see a lot of punches thrown. It’s going to be an old school thrown back fight. Abel and Triple G are going to focus on Gennady’s strengths he’s going to bring,” said Loeffler.
Loeffler is wrong about Canelo. He does go backwards. Canelo backed off against Trout after getting hurt with a body shot in round 7. Canelo spent the last 5 rounds of the fight with his back against the ropes, boxing and trying not to get hit by Trout. Canelo backed off against Liam Smith when he was pressured by him last September in their fight the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. None of those guys have the punching power and the ability to pressure Canelo the way that Golovkin will be doing.
Golovkin looked VERY fat in the Countdown to Canelo vs. Golovkin on HBO Boxing
During HBO’s recent Countdown to Canelo vs. Golovkin, the Kazakhstan fighter looked very fat around the midsection. Golovkin had really let himself go for some reason in between his fight against Danny Jacobs and Canelo. He looked like he was at least 20 to 25 lbs. overweight during the HBO special. The only thing I can think of to explain Golovkin’s poor physical condition is his trainer Abel Sanchez might have told him to take it easy and put on some weight after the Jacobs fight.
It’s common knowledge that Golovkin looked worn down going into his last 2 fights against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs fight. That means he over did it during training camp. Sanchez might have Golovkin training at a less frantic pass for this fight to account for his age. Golovkin is 35 now, and the last thing that Sanchez can afford to do is wear him down the way he looked in his last 2 fights. Golovkin used his power and boxing skills to defeat Brook and Jacobs. The fights weren’t easy, but Golovkin did the job with his big shots. Jacobs was tough.
”They feel like they’re going to dictate, and they can’t really predict what Canelo is going to do,” said Loeffler. ”Triple G is going to fight his fight. Abel has always said we’ve never seen the best Triple G in the ring. I think this will bring out the competition, and bring out the best performance from Gennady,” said Loeffer.
There’s no doubt that Golovkin is going to be looking to put as much pressure on Canelo as possible to try and take him out. Golovkin understands that his best chance of beating Canelo is to knock him down and stop him. Canelo has the better boxing skills, and hand speed. Moreover, Canelo is the more popular fighter of the two. Getting a decision over Canelo won’t be easy for GGG. He’s got to go after his chin, and try and wear him down as fast as he can.
A knockout win for Golovkin over Canelo would do a lot more for his boxing career than if he wins a decision, which can be second guessed by the fans. Golovkin doesn’t need Canelo, his team and Golden Boy Promotions complaining to the public that they were robbed in the Golovkin fight. That won’t turn out well for Golovkin, because Canelo will taint his win by casting doubt over the results of the fight. With Canelo’s huge fan base, he has a bigger voice than Golovkin does. The fans will listen to him rather than GGG.