By Manuel Perez: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has put on a huge amount of weight for his fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and more than a few boxing fans see the fight ending badly for Triple G. Canelo looks very good. The preparation between the two fighters couldn’t have been more different if they tried coming into the training camp.
While Canelo, 27, came into training camp for the Golovkin fight already looking very muscular with the size he has for his previous fight still there, Golovkin had put on weight in terms of fat. Golovkin started this training camp already behind the 8 ball, and not nearly in the same kind of condition that Canelo came into camp at. As such, the training camp for GGG has likely been a partial fat farm to reduce the fat.
Canelo looks like he could fight at super middleweight and do well in that weight class. He should think about moving up to 168 after the Golovkin fight. There’s nobody else for Canelo to fight once he beats Golovkin. Canelo would get bigger fights if he moved up to 168 and took on the British fighters Callum Smith, George Groves and James DeGale. Those 3 would be big money fights for Canelo. There’s also Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and David Benavidez at 168. Those are future stars. Ramirez is already the WBO super middleweight champion, and Benavidez is poised to win the vacant WBC title.
Canelo is on a purpose with this fight. He’s packed on a lot of muscle, and he’s much different fighter than the guy that lost to Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. four years ago in 2013. I wouldn’t say Canelo’s boxing skills or speed has seen any improvement. I think Canelo just got a lot bigger and a lot stronger than he was before. The added size that Canelo put on will be a deterrent for Golovkin if he comes within punching distance and tries to mix it up with Canelo on September 16.
Canelo’s power appears to be improved with the added muscle. What might not be improved is Canelo’s ability to deal with a jab. If Golovkin stays on the outside and tries to jab Canelo for 12 rounds, then Canelo will need to do something to neutralize that. Canelo didn’t do well to take away Erislandy Lara’s jab by pressuring him, and forcing him to brawl, which he’s not built to do. Canelo must show that he’s improved the deficiencies that he displayed in the Lara fight, since Golovkin and Abel Sanchez will have studied that fight to learn how to gain the advantage over Canelo.
If they feel that they can beat Canelo with a jab, then you better believe that’s what GGG is going to be using on September 16 when he gets inside the ring. Golovkin isn’t going to purposefully turn the fight into war if he knows he can beat Canelo much easier by jabbing him and avoiding risk.
With the extra size, it could make it tougher for Canelo to lose the weight to get down to the 160-lb. limit for the fight on September 15.
Canelo looks like he’s in the 180s right now. If he can take off 20+ lbs. of water weight the week of the fight, then it’s all good. I worry that Canelo might end up weight drained from having lost all the weight in too much of a hurry. Losing 20 or more lbs. within days of a fight isn’t good, because it could cause Canelo to be slow, sluggish and weak once he puts the water weight back on overnight in the 24 hours before he fights.
Canelo appears to be a bigger than he was in his last fight when he fought super middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in their catch-weight fight at 164 ½ pounds on May 6. Canelo didn’t take the weight off that he had put on. Rather, he used the muscle that he put on for that fight as a foundation to add even more. Canelo says he’s still at the same weigh – 172 to 175 lbs. – that he’s been fighting at, but he looks heavier than when he was fighting in the junior middleweight division. Canelo might not want to give away his secrets to Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez. If they still think Canelo is the same weight as always, they won’t be ready for the giant that enters the ring with GGG on September 16.
Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Golovkin will be fighting on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view at a much more wallet-friendly price compared to the recent Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight last Saturday night on Showtime PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I think that Canelo lighting Mayweather a couple of years ago, whenever that was, I think stamps him as a bone fide elite fighter, let me just say,” said Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. ”If Golovkin or when Golovkin does to him on the 16h what I think he’s going to do to him, it will stamp Golovkin as a superstar because I think he’s going to dominate him and do what Floyd couldn’t do,” said Sanchez.
Canelo learned a lot from his loss to Mayweather in 2013. Canelo learned as the rounds went on. Afterwards, Canelo studied tape of the fight and he used to improve instead getting upset and beating himself mentally the way that some fighters do after they get beaten. Canelo came out of the Mayweather fight a more advanced fighter. Canelo learned a lot from his fight against Lara as well. The other fights that Canelo has had since 2014 haven’t been so great for him as learning tools go. He’s fought a lot of guys that weren’t in his class. It’s good news that Golden Boy is ready to move Canelo with the best.
If Canelo can take the water weight off in the week of the fight to make weight, he should be fine against GGG. We don’t know what Canelo’s strategy is though. It’s possible he could come in over the 160-lb. limit and forget about trying to win Golovkin’s titles. If Canelo can come into the weight-in at 165 or so, he would have extra strength to beat Golovkin. At the end of the day, that’s all the boxing fans care about in who wins the fight.
The other nonsense about fighters making weight are of less importance with boxing fans. All they want to know is who the better fighter is. Boxing fans aren’t going to care about Canelo being 5-10 lbs. heavier than Golovkin the night of the fight. Fighters should be able to compete with guys a little bigger than them. If they’re any good, they’ll be able to deal with a small weight disadvantage.
”My weight is good. I feel good. Everything is good,” said Golovkin. ”I feel good. Everything is good. I’m okay. I’m ready.”
I don’t think Golovkin’s weight is good at all. He looks like he’s still carrying a spare tire about his midsection. That weight isn’t going anywhere. He’s not going to burn that fat off. All he can hope for is it doesn’t make him slow and sluggish the way excess fat tends to do.