World-renowned trainer Freddie Roach “can’t wait” for the highly anticipated match-up of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin possibly in late 2016. The veteran mentor added that he sees Alvarez being the “bigger” fighter than Golovkin during fight night when the pair meets on the ring.
“I think it’s a big test because I don’t think he’s [Gennady Golovkin] ever been tested. I like the way he fights, Triple G, but he really hasn’t faced anyone that great yet – against a Mexican fighter that’s tough and had a good chin, and a guy that’s going to be bigger than him in the ring, and maybe stronger than him also, maybe not a better puncher,” Roach shared in an interview with Fight Hype.
Roach’s fighter, Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico fell to Alvarez in a highly competitive match last November 2015 and the latter will reportedly fight in a tune-up bout first before facing Golovkin, who already has his tune-up fight scheduled for April 23, 2016 against a still unnamed opponent.
The 33-year-old Golovkin is undefeated in 34 pro fights with an impressive 31 knockouts or a 91% KO rate. The fighter from Karaganda in Kazakhstan has held the International Boxing Organization (IBO), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight belts.
The 25-year-old Alvarez also has an impressive record of 46 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss since turning pro in 2005. Alvarez, who was born in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco in Mexico, currently won the vacant WBC middleweight title in the bout against Cotto winning via a 12-round unanimous decision with judges’ scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 117-111.
Alvarez’s lone loss in his career came against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight in 2013.
With Mayweather retiring from boxing last September 2015 and with Manny Pacquiao reportedly fighting the last bout in his career in April 2016, Alvarez and Golovkin are pegged as the top two fighters in the sport and will become the new faces of boxing.
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