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Yes, Canelo And GGG Actually Sparred Six Years Ago, And They Talked About It On ’24/7′

The fight of the year is literally hours away. Both Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are on the final stretch of their training and will meet in Las Vegas for their weigh-ins before going toe-to-toe in the ring. As the two boxers prepare and fans begin their own preparations to converge at Las Vegas for the fight, HBO Sports has done their part to raise the anticipation levels by releasing the second part of their special, “24/7 – Canelo/Golovkin.” Below are some of the most revealing moments in an episode that digs into each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses.

Golovkin’s previous opponent, Daniel Jacobs, may have revealed some of GGG’s weaknesses.

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Early in the episode, GGG’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, rewatches his boxer’s fight against Daniel Jacobs in March of this year. GGG defeated Jacobs but the latter shocked the boxing world when he regained his footing after an early knockdown and went the full 12 rounds against GGG. Jacobs is the only fighter to date to have done so. Jacobs managed to win a few rounds and landed a number of good punches but lost by decision.

GGG relaxes with some ping-pong but it’s clear he’s a competitor.

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GGG and his training team are isolated in the mountains of Big Bear, Calif., so the boxer takes a needed mental break from training by going mano-a-mano with Sanchez on a round of ping-pong. It’s clear he is no less competitive with a paddle as he is with a glove.

Canelo meets a fellow Mexican champ, decorated jockey Victor Espinoza.

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Canelo spends some down time from training in San Diego by visiting Mexican horse racing jockey Victor Espinoza. Canelo’s love of all things equine is well-known and it shows in the clip. Espinoza made global headlines two years ago when he became the first jockey in 39 years to win the Triple Crown. He is also the first Latino jockey (and the oldest) to win the Crown.

Abel Sanchez predicts the fight will be similar to Canelo vs. Liam Smith.

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Sanchez is later shown watching one of Canelo’s fights, one he believes serves as a good predictor of how Saturday’s fight will go down: Canelo vs. Liam Smith. Sanchez watches and reveals a number of Canelo’s strengths and weaknesses. “He has a tendency to be slappy,” says Sanchez, adding, “[I]f he’s not on point for three minutes of a round he’s going to get knocked out… easily.”

Yes, Canelo and GGG sparred six years ago.

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The HBO special has repeatedly mentioned how Canelo and GGG first met six years ago, when Canelo was 19, for a couple of sparring sessions. Now the producers/director offer photographic evidence of that fateful meeting. Unfortunately, neither fighter uses the opportunity to talk trash. “He helped me, I helped him, like that,” said GGG. “I’ve improved a lot. I’ve fought many difficult opponents. They’ve given me experience,” said Canelo.

Watch the episode in its entirety:

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Related: Canelo And GGG Return Home In Episode One Of HBO’s ’24/7′ Series

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Chicharito, Karla Souza, Wilmer Valderrama And Others Show Their Support For Canelo Alvarez

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Chicharito, Karla Souza, Wilmer Valderrama And Others Show Their Support For Canelo Alvarez

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Quiero agradecer a mi equipo y a todos los que participaron en este detalle. Muchas gracias a todos y este 16 es nuestro, es de México. #TeamCanelo

Posted by Canelo Alvarez on Thursday, September 14, 2017

“Rompeles el hocico!”

Canelo Alvarez vs. GGG is almost upon us, and the career-defining fight has lots of people excited to see two of boxing’s best go at it and, hopefully, deliver a memorable fight. Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez will have his hands full with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, the hard-hitting, aggressive knockout artist who is considered the favorite in this middleweight bout. To hype up Canelo for the fight, his team rounded up some of Latin America’s biggest stars to show their support for the 27-year-old boxer.

There’s lots of familiar faces throughout the video. Karla Souza (“How To Get Away With Murder”), Itati Cantoral, Chicharito, Adrian Gonzalez (Los Angeles Dodgers), Pepe Aguilar, Jamie Camil and Eiza Gonzalez all express their best wishes to Canelo. It’s not just Mexicans, though: Carlos Ponce, Wilmer Valderrama and even Drake Bell of “Drake and Josh” fame make appearances in the supercut. On his official Facebook, Canelo thanked everyone for the support: “Quiero agradecer a mi equipo y a todos los que participaron en este detalle. Muchas gracias a todos y este 16 es nuestro, es de México.”

READ: 5 Reasons Why Canelo Will Beat GGG

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