Canelo Alvarez is not just focused on silencing Gennady Golovkin and critics on September 15, but also the mouth of the middleweight champion’s outspoken trainer Abel Sanchez.
Since the bell sounded to conclude the first Canelo-Golovkin matchup last September, Sanchez has accused Canelo of being “runner” who disgraced his Mexican heritage by failing to engage in toe to toe action.
“Comments from Sanchez don’t really bother me because he actually thinks he’s a great trainer, but he doesn’t know what boxing is,” said Canelo. “He doesn’t know what it is to have technique. He doesn’t know what it is to box or to move. He doesn’t know what it means to adapt to the circumstances of a fight and not just go forward and throw punches.
“What I do is box. I find it strange that someone who believes himself to be a great trainer does not know how to distinguish between having technique and what he’s saying [the running].”
I hope he goes back to his house and realizes what I’ve been saying about him: that he’s a dumbass [pendejo].
Golovkin, who averaged a 46% connect rate on power punches headed into the first fight, was only able to land 32% of those shots on Canelo. Golovkin still proved to be the busier fighter and outlanded his foe in 10 of the 12 rounds, a fact Canelo plans to rectify. However, do not expect an increased work-rate to mean Canelo will be lured into a brawl by Sanchez’s taunts.
“It’s one thing to be coming forward like a donkey and it’s another thing to be moving, dodging punches, counterpunching, and even staying on the ropes without him hitting you,” Canelo stated. “I hope he goes back to his house and realizes what I’ve been saying about him: that he’s a dumbass [pendejo].
“The first fight has given me the confidence that I will win this fight. If I work him well throughout the fight, I can knock him out.”
24/7 Canelo/GGG 2 debuts Tues., Aug. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
Canelo vs. GGG 2 takes place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.