Now that the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is over, we can all turn our attention to the very real boxing match between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. The two athletes will finally face off in the ring on September 16th in a fight that both boxers promise to be the greatest of their lives. HBO teased the upcoming fight with the first episode of “24/7” focused on Canelo and Golovkin. Below are some of our favorite moments.
Canelo’s brother, Rigoberto Alvarez, returns to where it all started.
CREDIT: Rigoberto Alvarez in Juanacatlan. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube
After an intro that hypes up the upcoming bout as the greatest of all time, narrator Liev Schreiber takes the viewers to Canelo’s childhood home in Juanacatlán, Jalisco, with his older brother, Rigoberto, as the tour guide. There, he points to the exact spot outside their former home where a then 10-year-old Canelo asked Rigoberto to train him. The small street outside became their ring until Rigoberto took him to train with Chepo and Eddy Reynoso when he was 13.
Canelito’s portrait hangs on the gym wall.
CREDIT: Canelito Alvarez. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube
Canelo and Rigoberto visit his first gym, where Canelo spots an old newspaper article framed on the wall. The headlines states “El Niño En Busca De La Gloria” (The Boy In Search Of Glory) and features a photo of a scrawny, red-haired kid nicknamed Canelito.
Ana Maria Alvarez’s olla de frijoles make you hungry.
CREDIT: The infamous olla! Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube
After the visit to the gym, Canelo swings by his mom’s house for a visit. Canelo used some of his wealth to buy her a fancy new home with the large kitchen she’d always dreamed of owning. The camera eventually cuts to a shot of Ana Maria scooping beans out of, what else, one of those ceramic pots found in nearly every home in Mexico and the U.S. (my mom has two!). And like any traditional Mexican madre, Ana Maria spoils her baby boy with lots of food and plenty of homemade tortillas.
We see that Golovkin’s start parallels Canelo’s early beginnings.
CREDIT: Golovkin’s old ‘hood. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube
The action then heads to the city of Karagandy in Kazakhstan, where Gennady Golovkin was born and raised. Much like with Canelo, it was an older sibling who put him onto the path towards a boxing career. Gennady and his twin brother Max played soccer for a time until their older brother Sergey dragged the two to the local boxing gym instead. Max retired from boxing in his early 20s and has supported his twin brother ever since.
Golovkin shares his three fundamentals of boxing.
CREDIT: Three Fundamentals. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube
As narrator Liev Schrieber explains, Golovkin attributes his success to three fundamentals of the sport as he understands it, which he shares with a group of young Kazakhstan boxers training at the Olympic Training Center in Karaganda.
“Never be scared of anyone and don’t be nervous about anything. There are only three punches: jab, hook, and uppercut. The most important thing is heart and that’s what you need to show. If you do have a big heart, all of you will do well.”
How famous is Golovkin in his native Kazakhstan?VERY!
CREDIT: Giant Gennady approves! Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube
Check out this giant, autographed portrait of the boxer on the side of a wall of a bank.
Watch the special in its entirety below:
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