Locked and Loaded: Canelo Alvarez

By Robert Ecksel on August 9, 2017
Locked and Loaded: Canelo Alvarez
“If that miracle was to happen, then it's a different conversation. But I doubt it very much.”

Branded by nature to be a brand in the brand-insensitive Mexican badlands, Canelo Alvarez has earned his keep…

On Saturday, September 16, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a televised live by HBO Pay-Per-View, WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), the undefeated giant slayer from Los Angeles, California, by way of Karaganda, Kazahkstan, defends his titles against former two-division champion and perennial superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), the hard-hitting redhead from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Canelo met with the press via teleconference call and did not break a sweat. He is only 27, but he’s a veteran of 51 professional fights and nimbly handled the softball questions like an old pro.

Canelo and Golovkin headline the hit parade. Both fighters have power, but they differ stylistically.

Golovkin knows the science. His fists speak for themselves.

Branded by nature to be a brand in the brand-insensitive Mexican badlands, Canelo Alvarez has earned his keep.

That they are fighting now, while still relevant, is a testament to all concerned.

“I think both the fans know and you guys know that…we both have attractive styles,” said Canelo. “And we’re both going to fight a fight where anybody can win by knockout. We both have the power to win by knockout. But that’s what makes for a great fight, and I think that’s what makes it an attractive fight for the fans.”

The fight between Canelo and Golovkin, unlike the buzzkill before it, will at least be competitive.

“Obviously anything can happen in boxing,” continued Canelo. “Anything can happen at any point, at any time, more so when both fighters can punch, when they both have punching power. You know, you can have a fighter that might not be a big puncher, but if he connects that perfect punch at the right spot, he can knock down anybody. So yes, of course it can happen. It can happen because of the amount of punching power both fighters have.”

Canelo’s only loss was to Floyd Mayweather four years ago. He has improved since then. So has his competition.

“In that fight with Floyd, I think the only reason he beat me was because of experience. He had more experience. He had more championship fights under his belt. And this fight, it’s going to be different. I have a lot of experience now. And I’m not going to let that happen again in this fight because I have more confidence and I have more experience.”

A reporter tried to enliven things by indulging in flights of fancy. He asked Canelo if he would fight Conor McGregor if he somehow beat Mayweather.

“If that miracle was to happen, then it’s a different conversation. You know, if that miracle was to happen. But I doubt it very much.”

Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will take place on Saturday, September 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

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  1. Koolz 01:23pm, 08/09/2017

    oh yea it’s going to be competitive it’s going to be Canelo backing up from the Train in front of him that just won’t stop!

    By the eighth round they either throw in the towel or the ref stops the fight.
    Canelo is going to be beat up.  Canelo’s head is going to snap back from the first jab to the face.

    Atlas and Golden Boy are going to wonder what happened where did the slow aging Golovkin Go?  Who is this monster in the ring with Canelo?


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