By Manuel Perez: Amir Khan is siding with Canelo Alvarez to top Gennady Golovkin in their highly anticipated fight this Saturday night on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan has faced Canelo’s power and lived to regret it first-hand last year in getting knocked out in the 6th round.
Now it’s Golovkin’s turn to taste the power of Canelo and lose, although he’s expected to survive the distance. Khan doesn’t believe that Canelo will be able to knockout Golovkin like he was able to do to him.
Khan views GGG as having lost something from his game in his last 2 fights against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs. Those 2 fights showed Khan that the 35-year-old Golovkin doesn’t have enough in the tank to beat the 25-year-old Canelo.
“Going on their past few performances I think that Canelo is only getting better and will get the win,” said Khan to BoxNation. ”Golovkin is an excellent fighter, but his last performance against Danny Jacobs [on March 18] would have given Canelo a lot of encouragement,” Khan said. “Golovkin had trouble dealing with Jacobs, and Canelo has even more skills. I’ve been in the ring with him and he’s quick, has good movement and is a big puncher. I know a lot of people think Golovkin is the puncher going into this fight, but Canelo’s power should not be underestimated.”
Golovkin looks like the same fighter he was in 2015. He hasn’t lost anything. He’s just now guys that are using their feet against him, and throwing combinations. That’s the biggest difference.
“This is going to be a very special fight,” said Khan. These are the two best middleweights in the world taking on each other. It’s the way that boxing should be — the best fighting the best. As hard as they both hit I think Canelo will take the fight on points,” Khan said. “He is an excellent counter puncher and likes fighters coming to him, something which Golovkin does. Golovkin tends to walk down fighters he is physically stronger than, but he won’t have it all his own way against Canelo, because he is just as imposing and won’t be bullied.”
A points decision win for Canelo sounds about right to me. However, I’m still not ruling out a knockout win for Canelo if Golovkin gets desperate and leaves himself open for one of his big counters. If Golovkin gets far behind in the fight, he’s going to take a lot of chances to try and score a knockout. This in turn is going to put him in a position where he’s going to run into something and get stopped.
“This fight does remind me of the great fights of the past when the middleweight division was thriving,” Khan said. “Everyone remembers the era of Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran when they all fought each other. Even today we still talk about it. This fight has the potential to be a modern classic, and I do think it will live up to the hype.”