Boxing: Golovkin coach is worried about one thing ahead of Canelo bout


Canelo Alvarez (left) may not be capable of finishing off Gennady Golovkin, but the champion’s camp is careful that a clean, lucky punch could result in an upset. Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun/Reuters

Outspoken boxing trainer Abel Sanchez doesn’t believe Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can seriously hurt the undefeated Gennady Golovkin once they trade shots inside the ring this weekend.

Alvarez will try to wrest the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and Ring magazine middleweight titles from “Triple G” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“I don’t think Canelo has the punching power that Gennady does,” Sanchez said in a report posted on

Sanchez cited Alvarez’s past fights wherein he failed to finish off his foes.

“He hit (Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.) with everything but the stool and actually ran out of gas trying to do that, trying to knock him out. And that was a depleted, 164-pound Chavez,” the coach said.

The same thing happened when Alvarez clashed with Miguel Cotto.

“He hit Cotto with everything that he could hit him with and never hurt Cotto. Yet (Antonio) Margarito, in Cotto’s prime, hurt him with almost every shot he hit him with towards the end of the fight,” Sanchez said. 

“So I don’t think his power and his snap is like Golovkin’s.”

This, however, doesn’t mean his ward will take it easy against Alvarez, who is known for his vicious body punches and uppercuts.

What Golovkin needs to avoid is getting hit with a clean punch.

“If Golovkin gets caught with a good shot, anybody can go down. This is boxing – small gloves, they’ve got a good wrap on and if they get caught they’re going down,” Sanchez said.

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