One day, Victorville’s Ryan Garcia hopes to participate on a pay-per-view card such as the one Saturday featuring the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin showdown.
Garcia, 19, showed the potential to reach such a spot Friday during an ESPN Desportes card at MGM Grand’s Marquee Ballroom, posting a first-round knockout of Mexico’s Miguel Carrizoza in 30 seconds.
“I didn’t expect that. [Carrizoza] has never been knocked down. He fought a friend of mine and went the distance, and they tell me he spars world champions,” said Garcia, a super-featherweight who is unbeaten in 11 fights, winning 10 by knockout.
Four-division champion Miguel Cotto said he believes if Gennady Golovkin defeats Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night, Cotto will make his farewell fight against Golovkin on Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden.
Cotto (41-5, 33 knockouts) is coming off an Aug. 26 junior-middleweight victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai at StubHub Center in Carson.
Cotto told reporters Thursday that landing the Golovkin-Alvarez winner would be an outstanding way to close his career.
As Gennady Golovkin stood in the glare of bright television camera lights helping to beam his image to the world, the boxer’s closest confidant and most trusted advisor stood alone in the theater’s shadowed corner.
There in the darkness, Max Golovkin shed some needed light on what has made his twin the world’s most explosive boxer.
“Nobody knows about it because camp is always closed,” Max Golovkin said. “No one knows how dedicated and focused and concentrated he is.”
Although Gennady Golovkin does not have the same rematch clause as Canelo Alvarez, he and promoter Oscar De La Hoya say they would want to pursue a second fight if Saturday’s middleweight title bout is competitive.
A rematch “is very possible,” Alvarez told reporters before Wednesday’s news conference. “It all depends really how the first fight goes before we can talk about a second fight, but if the fans, the people see it, I have no problem to do it right away.
“Time period, time restraints, won’t be an issue. … Absolutely, I have no problem with it.”
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.