Bernard Hopkins’ record run of 20 consecutive middleweight title victories could soon be in danger from Gennady Golovkin, who would be at 19 should he defeat slight underdog Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night.
“My era was my era,” Hopkins said Wednesday at the fighters’ final news conference.
Philadelphia’s Hopkins retired at age 51 in December after getting knocked out of the ring by Joe Smith Jr. at the Forum. Reflecting on his career, he said the bout that most stood out was his 2001 technical-knockout of Felix Trinidad Jr. soon after Sept. 11 at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Canelo Alvarez spent an abundance of time on a variety of skills he believes will be necessary to deal Gennady Golovkin his first loss Saturday night.
One of those is precisely what Floyd Mayweather Jr. has advised his 2013 opponent to pursue.
In training camp for Conor McGregor last month, Mayweather interrupted some reporters’ conversation with his father/trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. and said Alvarez should try to defeat the unbeaten, three-belt middleweight champion Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) with body punches.
One of the most debated subjects about Gennady Golovkin is whether he has intentionally allowed recent opponents to land punches on his head.
The theory from the Golovkin side is that by making himself look vulnerable while escaping Madison Square Garden in March with a narrow decision over Daniel Jacobs and before that absorbing an early round pounding in a win over Kell Brook, Golovkin lured Canelo Alvarez promoter Oscar De La Hoya to make the fight with Golovkin.
Mexico’s former two-division champion Alvarez and De La Hoya both laugh at the suggestion, each understanding the pain that accompanies those punches.
If the greatest impact on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin pay-per-view sales on HBO is the dollars used up by the Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight, another significant blow will be the decision to keep reporters out of training camps in August.
By being restricted to comments emailed out by Golovkin’s side and an Aug. 28 media day at L.A. Live, the fighters sacrificed the type of one-on-one access that produces the best type of profile stories that complement a big fight.
Alvarez promoter Oscar De La Hoya said he closed camps before some of his major bouts as a way to improve concentration on the task at hand, and because Golovkin carried a 23-fight knockout streak into his bout in March, the opposition is too fierce to lose focus.
Nobody has been more bullish on Gennady Golovkin’s ability than his trainer, Abel Sanchez, who said at Dodger Stadium on Sunday that it’s “impossible” for Golovkin to lose to Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night in their pay-per-view bout at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Sanchez, whose teaching of unbeaten, three-belt middleweight champion Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) began with having the fighter study old video of Mexican warrior Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., said the Kazakh's “presence” will determine the outcome of Saturday’s bout.
By that, he means he believes that Golovkin’s preparation and ring experience — marked by a 23-fight knockout streak that was ended in a victory by unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs in March — should outlast Alvarez’s reliance on youthful energy and power.
Even as he trained for Conor McGregor last month, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s thoughts turned to Saturday’s anticipated middleweight title fight between unbeaten, three-belt champion Gennady Golovkin and his challenger from Mexico, Canelo Alvarez.
As he overheard an interviewer ask father-trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. who would win the Golovkin-Alvarez bout, Mayweather Jr. interrupted.
Mayweather cruised to a majority decision victory over a 23-year-old Alvarez in 2013, but he told one close to him afterward that Alvarez punched harder than any opponent he had faced.