Whispers to a Mad Kazakh (or: Golovkin, slow your roll)

By Paul Magno on March 21, 2018
Whispers to a Mad Kazakh (or: Golovkin, slow your roll)
Golovkin has been inundated with various shades of conspiracy theories. (Liam Brady)

“I just realized that these people, people like that, are terrorists, they are killing the sport…People like that, they have to be in prison…”

There’s enough plausible deniability in the whole Canelo Alvarez affair to demand, at the very least, a degree of guarded neutrality. Testing positive for trace amounts of a banned substance three months before a fight—in a country known to have beef contaminated with that substance—when you’ve never tested positive for anything before? That’s hardly a “close the books, send him straight to hell” scenario. In a boxing world where there’s really not much importance placed on “real” PEDs testing and where the best available testing option is that which is purely voluntary, it’s hard to proclaim ANYONE innocent or guilty.

But one can see where Gennady Golovkin may think otherwise.

On Tuesday, the three-belt middleweight champ raged against Alvarez, Alvarez’s promoter Golden Boy, the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and all of boxing over Canelo’s “cheating.”

As this writer posted at his other gig on FightHype.com:

“Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin said on Tuesday, referring to Team Alvarez’s attempt to explain testing positive for clenbuterol in February on eating contaminated Mexican beef.

“I told you, it’s not Mexican meat,” Golovkin insisted. “This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion ... Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.”

Golovkin would go on to say that he believes that Alvarez was dirty the first time they met last September when they battled to a draw.

“It was pretty obvious when (Alvarez’s) muscles were all (enlarged) ... and with the traces of injections, which were visible,” Golovkin said through a translator. “I can talk about Oscar De La Hoya [Alvarez’s promoter], too. He is also not clean. He’s dirty.”

During Golovkin’s interaction with media at his Big Bear Lake, California training camp, he also accused the Mexican star of popping pills and claims to have doctors’ verification that Alvarez was less than clean.

To add fuel to the fire, he continued to rally against perceived injustice by slamming pretty much the entire sport as part of a pro-Canelo conspiracy to protect the Mexican.

“He proves he gets benefits from everyone and he can get away with it. The commentators, commission, doping commission—this is a very bad business, (it’s) not sport. Check him on a lie detector and then we can find out everything.

“Looking at the commission, they all put their head down to avoid the eye contact,” Golovkin continued. “They don’t want to watch. I reviewed the fight again and I just realized that these people, people like that, are terrorists, they are killing the sport…People like that, they have to be in prison.”

Eric Gomez, president of De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, issued a response to Golovkin’s accusations, saying that the Kazakh KO artist “doesn’t sound like a confident fighter” and may be “trying to find a way out” of their schedule May 5 rematch. He also raised the possibility of legal action for defamation.

Whether Golovkin is justified in saying what he did or understandably off the rails is beside the point at this moment in time for a fighter training for his biggest bout. Golovkin’s anger, frustration, and obvious fixation on injustices done to him is a sign that he is mentally rattled by this whole situation. From his words and those of his own promoter, Tom Loeffler, it’s clear that Golovkin has been inundated with various shades of conspiracy theories and support from fans and well-wishers who further stoked the flames of paranoia

“People were sending him videos and photos, and they said he should ask the commission what these photos and videos are,” Loeffler told ESPN. “People were telling him to get the commission to clarify what it was.”

Ideally, this is where trainer Abel Sanchez would step up and rein his fighter in, maybe try his best to cut him off from the flies in the outside world buzzing in his head. A fighter can’t work on a gameplan when pushed to paranoia and buried in a “whole world is against me” mentality.

If the strategy is to prime Golovkin for an all-or-nothing push to knock Canelo out, then maybe this breeding of a fistic martyr complex might have some validity. Maybe. But it’s generally not a good idea to allow the weight of the world to be crammed inside your fighter’s head as he prepares for a major fight.

Could we be getting the first glimpses of a Gennady Golovkin implosion? As much as fans and media would like to see “Triple G” as some sort of superhero, the reality is that he’s just a regular human being who can be distracted, bogged down, and psyched out. If his team won’t put him back on the rails, then he’d be wise to shrug off the self-righteous rage and conspiracy theories, himself, and just go about preparing for the fight.

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  1. Mike from Brooklyn 08:58pm, 03/22/2018

    To Paul Magno,

    I recall hearing that Canelo said he would take as many tests as “they” wanted before the May 5 fight to show he was clean.  What happened or is happening along those lines?

    Mike from Brooklyn

  2. Balaamsass 12:25pm, 03/22/2018

    The redhead has a history of being a dirty dog….he broke Mini-me Solis’ jaw because he suspected Solis of cuckolding him…..not saying that was as dirty as juicing for advantage in a brain bashing, coma inducing “sport”.....maybe even justified…. when you consider that 108 lb Solis’ nickname en espanol is La Tetera!

  3. Gary 10:47am, 03/22/2018

    This is the bare bones facts from straight shooter GGG..Golovkin told ESPN that as long as the commission allows the fight to go on, he will get in the ring “and do my job.”

    “If nobody from the commission will cancel it, I will do my job,” Golovkin said. “But this is a very hot topic about doping. What did he inject in his belly? What are the marks on his belly? Look at the photos. These questions should be asked of the commission.”
    “Again with Mexican meat? Come on,” Golovkin said. “I told you, it’s not Mexican meat. This is Canelo. This is his team. This is his promotion. Canelo is cheating. They’re using these drugs, and everybody is just trying to pretend it’s not happening.
    Speaking by phone to ESPN later Tuesday, Golovkin added: “I think it is silly to blame the meat because an athlete at this level should not be caught on the meat. I eat Mexican food all the time and I’ve never had that problem.”

  4. Paul Magno 10:07am, 03/22/2018

    @Archie….you are a flat-out liar…I had the same stance on Pacquiao as I currently hold on Canelo…I’ve always been very careful not to piss on livelihoods so callously…people have their suspicions, but when you post something for public consumption, you put those suspicions in your back pocket until there is actual proof of intentional wrongdoing…I never accused Pacquiao of being juiced…I never even hinted at it…My stance was that I refuse to be part of a lynch mob until I’m convinced I know the whole story…If you can produce anything with me claiming that Pacquiao is on steroids I will send you $500…look for it…Actually, I just looked myself and this is what I had to say way back in 2009 when this issue first popped up: “

    “First and foremost, Manny is innocent ’til proven guilty and has never tested positive for any banned substance. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has no reason to suspect Manny of foul play and has had no plans to put him under supervision.

    Theories abound as to the source of Pacquiao’s abilities, but until some evidence to the contrary is provided, Manny should be treated as innocent of any doping allegations.”

  5. Paul Magno 09:56am, 03/22/2018

    @marcus….Ummm, no…“rally” was the word I wanted…I know the difference between “rail” and “rally”...what you’re suggesting is an editorial change, a change in intended meaning…look up the meaning of “rally,” try to understand its meaning within the context of the piece, then remove your head from your ass…

  6. Gary 08:39am, 03/22/2018

    Paul MaGoo….Your boy Canelo is dirty…End of story…GGG has an extremely strong mind…he is playing Canelo like a fiddle…lmao

  7. Pete The Sneak 08:35am, 03/22/2018

    Interesting article and even more interesting posts. I can kind of see where Paul Magno would at the very least question where GGG’s head is at right now as we get closer to this fight and I also agree that Sanchez needs to do a better job of keeping him focused on his training. It’s definitely out of character for GGG to be ranting so much and exerting so much mental energy on this topic. Is it frustration overload as Koolz indicated, or is it looking for an out just to cover the bases should he lose? My thinking is definitely frustration overload. I mean when you take into consideration the decison (and scoring) of the first fight, which I thought was close, the fact that Canelo took his best shots and at times out boxed him, not being the beast he normally was, and now Canelo getting a free pass (in his mind) with the whole Beef-Gate thing, yeah, I’m thinking GGG has reached that level where he feels everything is stacked against him and sure he’s going to lash out. Again it’s the job of a good trainer to keep his fighter as far away from this shite as possible and I have to agree with Paul Magno that Abel Sanchez has failed miserably in any perceived efforts to do so…Peace.

  8. Kojie 05:39am, 03/22/2018

    It’s very obvious. paul magno is protecting a clear as teh day cheater in canelo. KARMA’s a bitch and it bit you where it hurts paula magno. You went around proclaiming some fighters as steroid user but were never once proven nor found to be one. GO FIGURE! Now your boy got caught and you do nothing but hurl insult at the aggrieved? SHAME ON YOU paul magno. MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP EATING THAT DAMN TAINTED MEAT SO YOU GET YOUR HEAD UP ON STRAIGHT. BETTER YET, YOU SHOULD STOP WRITING AND GO BACK TO EATING PURE TAINTED MEAT FOR A LONG TIME, MAYBE YOU’LL DEVELOP SOME NOGGLE!

  9. Koolz 05:34am, 03/22/2018

    I just comes down to Golovkin being pissed off his patience is at an end.

    He was pissed off from the first fight and its draw conclusion and now he has had it with this tainted meat.

  10. John Manly 04:18am, 03/22/2018

    I guess Alvarez is the only Mexican who does’nt know that Mexican beef is contaminated with PED. Boxers now has an alibi to blame it on Mexican beef when found guilty of using PED’s.

  11. Your Name 03:40am, 03/22/2018

    Ooooooooooooooo pos no más, Canelo es un cheater!!!

  12. Archie 01:56am, 03/22/2018

    You the so cold boxing expert specially Paul Magno who at many times crucified Pacquiao in his prime for being on STEROID but was never proven but always discredit him for his achievement and contribution to the sport but this Canelo Alvarez who was already tested positive for using Steroids is still protected by you and your minions and keep praising him!  Please advice Canelo to use more STEROIDS, he really needs it come May 5, so that he can not sleep in the middle of the fight night! Goodluck!

  13. marcus 12:16am, 03/22/2018

    “To add fuel to the fire, he continued to rally against perceived injustice by slamming pretty much the entire sport as part of a pro-Canelo conspiracy to protect the Mexican.”

    That should be “he continued to RAIL against”, not RALLY against. How can anyone take a writer seriously when their command of English is so poor.

  14. Balaamsass 08:49pm, 03/21/2018

    GGG fought the way he did because he knew that all close rounds would go to Canelo….then when he saw that bugger wasn’t going to engage he went into panic mode because he knew that were going to be way too Goddamned many close rounds…but the real kicker came when he landed and he saw that he wasn’t denting that enhanced jawbone ....now the redhead is caught doubling down and he has been exonerated even before the investigation was even started…...who the fuk wouldn’t be paranoid?! He probably has nightmares about telling Sanchez that “We’re surrounded” and having Sanchez respond “What do you mean we’?!

  15. Paul Magno 07:57pm, 03/21/2018

    Gary…when a guy is hurling conspiracy theories, talking about studying videos and photos, when his promoter confirms that people have been inundating him with conspiracy materials…and, most importantly, when he clearly acts in a way we’ve never seen him act before, that’s enough to realize—if you’re caring to look—that he’s not in the same state of mind…something is off…Hey, maybe he uses it to his benefit, but I know that it’s much better for a fighter to be focusing on the fight, rather than fixating on shadows…that’s just common sense…we clearly differ on this…Take Care…

  16. Gary 07:53pm, 03/21/2018

    Paul Magno…You are alluding to the fact that by GGG pointing to the fact that GGG is rattled. You have zero idea where GGG’s head is at. It is much more likely that Canelo is dirty, than it is that GGG is rattled. After all there is evidence that Canelo is likely taking steroids. There is no evidence that GGG is rattled. I’ll say it again. GGG is stirring the pot and saying it like he thinks it is. Which all that you and I are doing. None of us have a clue. However, the evidence points to the fact that Canelo is not clean.

  17. Gary Schneider 07:48pm, 03/21/2018

    Paul Magno…You are alluding to the fact that this act of GGG is pointing to the fact that GGG is rattled. You have zero idea where GGG’s head is at. It is much more likely that Canelo is dirty, than it is that GGG is rattled. After all there is now evidence that Canelo is likely taking steroids. There is no evidence that GGG is rattled. I’ll say it again. GGG is stirring the pot and saying it like he thinks it is. Which all that you and I are doing. None of us have a clue. However, the evidence points to the fact that Canelo is not clean.

  18. Paul Magno 07:41pm, 03/21/2018

    Gary….I don’t think it’s “obvious” that Canelo’s dirty, at least not to the degree where I feel comfortable pissing on another man’s livelihood…but this article is not really about that…If this outburst is indicative of where Golovkin’s head is at, it’s clear that he’s rattled….this is no master scheme to promote the fight, at least not for Golovkin….a fighter should not be carrying the weight of the world inside his head like this…Sanchez should be working on his fighter’s psyche rather than looking to make headlines with audacious quotes….

  19. Gary Schneider 03:41pm, 03/21/2018

    Dear Paul Magno,

    GGG is simply saying it like it is. Rather than viewing it as an implosion, I see it as taking a bit of Mayweather’s promotion techniques. It’s obvious that Nevada commission is corrupt and it is obvious that Canelo took the stuff on purpose.

    Gary Schneider

  20. Koolz 03:28pm, 03/21/2018

    GGG TKO’s Canelo and Canelo blames it on the Psychology of dealing with Tained Meat.
    Canelo TKO’s GGG and Golovkin blames in on Canelo and Tainted Meat.
    This whole second fight is completely tainted now.
    It will not be as it would have been with out the Tainted Meat Drama.

    I don’t even know how this fight will go now.  Both of these guys are going to be dealing with Tainted Meat Demons as they fight each other.

    Look for the Third.

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