GGG Is An “Adopted Mexican”



GGG Is An “Adopted Mexican”

The anticipation for the May 5 middleweight sequel scrap between GGG and Canelo Alvarez for many of us degenerate fanatics of the Sweet Science stems very much from a curiosity of what each fighter might try and do differently this time around.

I didn’t expect he’d hand me blue prints, or even hints of blueprint tweaks being considered but I thought I could at least get a nugget or two of intel from Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez, bossman of Big Bear.

Abel was kind enough to check in from Russia, where he’ll be cornering Murat Gassiev against Yunier Dorticos Saturday.

Will there be a different game plan, or basically the same, Abel?

“Some adjustments, but GGG is and has been very successful being GGG, so it will be more of him,” the trainer said.

Also—-Did you and GGG pick up on a thing or two from seeing Canelo for 12 rounds which could prove to be quite useful in adjusting, and setting strategy for rematch?

“Of course, as in the Ward/Kovalev2 fight, the onus is on Canelo to come to fight, like he promised the Mexican fans,” Sanchez said. “That will make it the decisive fight that everyone is looking for. Mexican fighters throughout our boxing history have been brave warriors, not gutless talkers…how will this true Mexican boxer be remembered?”

He finished his thought and surprised me with a sharp curveball, after bringing heavy heat before…

“GGG, Kazakh Warrior, World Middleweight Champion and Adopted Mexican,” Sanchez said.

My three cents: Good stuff, savvy and top level psy ops guile. He’s trying to get into Canelo’s head, appeal to his ego and nationalistic pride, spur him to fight a style which may or may not be best suited for him in this style matchup. Smart, Sanchez, smart. Thing is, this Canelo is a new breed Mexican hitter, more of a boxer/businessman than a ‘give the people what they want’ entertainer. From a fan perspective, I hope he does decide more rumbling is called for May 5.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.