Camp was stellar for Gennady Golovkin, said his trainer, Abel Sanchez on Monday, at Madison Square Garden, during a Q n A with press before a press conference presided over by Michael Buffer kicked off.
The tutor said this camp, in which he sparred with David Benavidez, and John and Julius Jackson, was as ever, superb. Why? Because he comes to camp in shape, Sanchez told press, which included Thomas Hauser, Mike Coppinger of USA Today, Mitch Abramson of RING and Boxing Scene's Keith Idec.
Sanchez said that “in the first time in three or four fights, he’s got that edge, looking forward to the battle.”
And is Jacobs special, or what it is about the Brooklyner that is getting GGG extra fired up? Because, Sanchez answered for him, he respects the skill set of Jacobs.
The fighter was asked what Jacobs skills stand out for him. He paused..pondered…and came up empty. He shook his head. “Seriously, I don’t have idea..he has good boxing IQ…he looked good his last couple fights..everything is good,” he said, after a spell. And what of his chin, he’s been stopped before? GGG said Jacobs is now much better, more experienced, and yes, Sergio Mora dropped him, but things happen.
The trainer expects Danny to be 175 fight night, but GGG is used to being the “smaller” man come fight night.
I asked GGG if he saw David Lemieux beat Curtis Stevens. He watched, and understands that Lemieux wants a rematch. Sanchez pointed out that Stevens “hasn’t been the same” since Golovkin beat him, in 2013.
Tom Loeffler, promoter to GGG, also took questions. he said they are on track to maybe fight in June, in Kazahkstan, and then face Canelo in September. This will be the plan if, of course, favorites win.