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TALK TO ME! Who Wins And How, Golovkin or Canelo?



Gennady Golovkin had the look of a man enjoying his place in the world, appreciating his station in his area of expertise, during the portion of the weigh in which was televised on Friday.

The Kazakh middleweight didn’t look drawn or muted, as if the weight-making experience was impacting his psyche unduly…or like he was battling a pesky virus picked up from a germy sportswriter or well meaning autograph seeker…or he was worried that he wasn’t fully feeling like he’d be adding to his win column the next night.

I put it to his trainer, Abel Sanchez, whose attended most of GGG’s middleweights rodeo rides as a pro: Was it me, or did Gennady look dialed in and in a great place?

“He’s in a great place,” said Sanchez. “Ready to go to work.”

Right; and when was the last time Sanchez saw such a sight, a man in a groove, because he knew he was so superbly prepared, chances were exceedingly high he’d have his hand raised the next day?

“Before the Curtis Stevens fight,” answered the tutor.

That demeanor was present in November of 2013, the day before GGG traumatized Stevens in eight rounds.

And, I wondered, did Sanchez pick up on anything in Mexican hitter Alvarez, did he see anything in Vegas in his body language?

“Looked fit, like body builder, muscular,” he said.

Hmm, that description doesn’t seem to be of a physique particularly suited for ring combat…

And, I was curious…been hearing optimistic talk from promoters who promise a neo classic. Does Sanchez think GGG-Canelo will be a blazing rumble which leaves embers of glory in its wake?

“Good tussle until greatness takes over,” he said.

We can presume we know he firmly believes whose greatness will emerge more vociferously…

I indulged in some soaking up of the hype, and tuned into promo coverage on ESPN. I heard my man David Avila proclaim Canelo’s defense to be a superior grade than GGG’s. What does Sanchez think of that opinion? “At least once he gets kayoed they can’t say he wasnt ready,” Sanchez said.

Which reminds me; would all Twitter Einsteins tell us all right now if they think GGG or Canelo ain’t all that? Don’t crow that you knew someone would be exposed after the fact!

“I don’t think Canelo is better than Danny Jacobs,” Sanchez stated.

Soon, very damn soon, happily, opinions will be moot, as proof of our guesses and proclamations will be delivered. Who do you see getting the W, GGG or Canelo?

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.