#sports Canelo v Golovkin: What previous opponents have said about them ahead of trilogy fight on Saturday

#sports Canelo v Golovkin: What previous opponents have said about them ahead of trilogy fight on Saturday

#sports activities Canelo v Golovkin: What previous opponents have said about them ahead of trilogy fight on Saturday

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will go head-to-head for a 3rd time on Saturday night as they appear to finish their iconic trilogy in dramatic style. 

The two pound-for-pound stars have shared the ring twice earlier than – with each fights ending in extremely controversial style. 

Therefore, they are going to be seeking to put their feud to mattress as soon as and for all on Saturday night after they sq. off in Las Vegas. 

As a end result, Sportsmail have taken a glance again at what every fighter’s former opponents have said about them. 

From Amir Khan to Floyd Mayweather… here is what’s been said by Alvarez and Golovkin’s previous rivals, plus the ideas of some boxing consultants. 

Sportsmail have taken a look back at what Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin's former opponents have said about them ahead of their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday

Sportsmail have taken a glance again at what Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin’s former opponents have said about them forward of their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday 

Table of Contents

Canelo 

Amir Khan beforehand admitted that being struck by Canelo was like being ‘hit by a baseball bat’. However, he did elevate his considerations over the Mexican’s gloves – claiming they may very well be the explanation behind his highly effective punches. 

Khan was knocked out within the sixth spherical by all-time Mexican nice again in 2016, in a fight for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas. 

He was brutally floored by a proper hand however he has since revealed that Canelo’s gloves, the Everlast MX, have been a contributing issue, whereas he couldn’t put on the identical gloves as his palms have been too brittle. 

‘Every glove is completely different. When I fought Canelo, he had the Everlast horsehair gloves on. ‘When I put my hand in, it was like pushing to the wall, however you are going to harm your hand as effectively.

Amir Khan admitted that being struck by Canelo was like being 'hit by a baseball bat'

Amir Khan admitted that being struck by Canelo was like being ‘hit by a baseball bat’

‘They have been strong. It was like being hit with a baseball bat. The foam padding ones, the form at all times stays the identical. With the horsehair, it fades extra in the direction of the again of the hand.

‘So that means, your knuckles are extra seen. Without padding in the way in which, that is going to place extra strain on your knuckle. So you are going to be hit with a naked hand.

‘I might by no means try this as a result of my palms aren’t sturdy sufficient to try this. I’d break my hand if I fought like that. Some fighters have the palms the place they may punch by way of a wall and would not break their palms.’ 

However, others have disputed such claims and said that Canelo’s success is right down to his method. Juan Manuel Marquez, who rose to fame after knocking out Manny Pacquiao, said that Canelo’s Mexican type is the key to his success. 

‘Canelo confirmed how he can beat him, it is the Mexican type; the Mexican type is to fight with intelligence being within the quick space and throwing punches, throwing mixtures and that is what Canelo does very effectively,’ said Marquez.  

Mayweather spoke highly about Canelo after handing the 32-year-old his only loss

Mayweather spoke extremely about Canelo after handing the 32-year-old his solely loss

He added: ‘Canelo realized that on this third fight he might be within the center of him, in entrance of him, he’ll transfer his waist, he’ll throw counter punches, mixtures of blows to the comfortable areas and I feel that fight ends by knockout, if I’m not mistaken, in eight or 9 rounds.’ 

Others have praised Canelo’s character for his rise to stardom. Floyd Mayweather spoke extremely about Canelo after handing the 32-year-old the one loss of his storied profession.

Mayweather said: ‘I wanna commend this younger, sturdy champion as a result of he’ll carry the torch. Experience performed a significant key. Canelo’s received every thing it takes to be a legend within the sport…I take my hat off to Canelo, he is a real champion. A real champion can take a loss and bounce again.

‘Canelo does every thing effectively, he goes to the physique good, he is received a great jab, he is a great counter-puncher.’

Anthony Joshua additionally praised Canelo’s resilience after watching him fight towards Rocky Fielding. He said: ‘I charge Canelo. From when he fought Mayweather, he took a loss, appreciated what it is wish to lose and bounced again.

‘He’s been bettering ever since. So watching him reside, watching the way in which he was organising his physique photographs. I loved it.’

Anthony Joshua also praised Canelo's resilience after watching him fight Rocky Fielding

Anthony Joshua additionally praised Canelo’s resilience after watching him fight Rocky Fielding

Golovkin  

Golovkin’s energy has additionally been praised by his former opponents. Sergio Mora is adamant that Golovkin nonetheless has the power to knock his rivals out regardless of being 40 years outdated. He additionally praised Golovkin’s potential to ‘take an enormous punch’. 

Speaking to BoxingScene, Mora said: ‘Golovkin continues to be a monster and has solely technically misplaced to Canelo. So much of folks suppose that he did not even lose that. You cannot simply say, ‘Well, he is 40.’ Scratch that.

‘Golovkin is one of these guys that also has energy, can nonetheless take an enormous punch, lives a clear way of life, and is coming off some spectacular victories. So that is the momentum getting in his route.

Kell Brook (right) - who jumped up two full divisions from 147lbs to 160lbs to fight against Golovkin - described the 40-year-old as a 'superstar' with 'mad power'

Kell Brook (proper) – who jumped up two full divisions from 147lbs to 160lbs to fight towards Golovkin – described the 40-year-old as a ‘famous person’ with ‘mad energy’

Kell Brook – who jumped up two full divisions from 147lbs to 160lbs to fight towards Golovkin – described the 40-year-old as a ‘famous person’ with ‘mad energy’.  

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Brook said: ‘I used to be seeing stars at occasions. It was incredible to be in there with such a famous person and feeling the facility and the load.

‘He’s a throwback fighter, Golovkin, everybody is aware of that who is aware of boxing. He’s an actual powerful man. It have been an amazing expertise combating him with all these belts on the O2 Arena. That ambiance was epic.

‘When I exchanged some photographs with him I might truly really feel the roar from the followers. I might really feel it in there.’ He went on to say: ‘It was the toughest I’ve ever been punched, [Golovkin has] mad energy.’ 

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