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.Credit: Youtube/HBO Sports
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.Credit: Youtube/HBO Sports
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.Credit: Youtube/HBO Sports
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.Credit: Youtube/HBO Sports
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.Credit: Youtube/HBO Sports
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.
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