Want to see what it took to get the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight made? L.A. Times writer Lance Pugmire takes you behind the scenes with exclusive access to the fighters, promoters and trainers of this mega-fight.
This is the kind of fight I wouldn’t bet on. It’s a real 50-50 fight, in which both fighters will have their moments.
As I wrote in Saturday’s edition of The Times, I think the early rounds with be more tactical than people expect. Golovkin’s long and powerful jab will be the key in the first few rounds.
Keep an eye on whether Alvarez can use his own jab effectively. Alvarez will have to use angles while doubling and tripling up on his jab. If Alvarez can advance behind that jab – this will require a certain degree of footspeed I’m not sure he possesses – this will be a good night for him.
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.
Sep. 15, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
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Gennedy Golovkin, after hearing Canelo Alvarez say he will knock him out.
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.