The Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight lived up to the hype with a classic middleweight battle that ended in a somewhat controversial draw. One judge scored it 118-110 for Canelo, a second judge had it 115-113 for Golovkin and the third had it even.
Canelo Alvarez says his intention to knock out Gennady Golovkin is becoming an obsession.
“Every night before going to bed, I visualize the knockout,” Alvarez told reporters Wednesday. “I trained for the knockout. It is not something I can predict or I can say this … but it is something I can visualize.”
Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) not only has never been knocked down in his pro career, his trainer, Abel Sanchez, said the three-belt middleweight champion hasn’t been decked in sparring, and no one has yet unearthed a detail that Golovkin was dropped in more than 300 amateur bouts.
Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) flattened England’s former 140-pound champion Amir Khan in May 2016, and Khan hasn’t fought since. And Alvarez scored a technical knockout of then-154-pound champion Liam Smith last September. Despite showing an impressive uppercut in May, Alvarez couldn’t stop former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Told that Alvarez is dreaming of knocking him out, Golovkin said, “Oh yeah? It is his dream.”
Asked if he has similar visions at night, Golovkin said no.
“I am reality guy, true guy,” he said. “This is a hard fight for us. Of course, yeah, maybe [there’ll be a] knockout. I don’t know for who — for him or for me.”