Abel Sanchez Has Seen 'Tremendous Improvement' In Canelo

By Keith Idec

Abel Sanchez doesn’t hold back when you ask him for reasons why Gennady Golovkin will beat Canelo Alvarez in their long-awaited middleweight title fight next month.

Golovkin’s veteran trainer concedes, though, that an aging Golovkin will encounter a much-improved Alvarez when they square off September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old Alvarez is 7-0, including four knockouts, since suffering his only professional defeat, a majority decision loss to unbeaten legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. nearly four years ago.

“Tremendous improvement,” Sanchez said during a conference call Monday. “I think, like I said, [trainers] Eddy and Chepo [Reynoso] have done a fantastic job. I think when we had him here [for sparring in Big Bear Lake, California] at 19, 20 years old, he looked like a star, like he could have been a star.

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“He looked like he was progressing, but the fights that they put him in, the challenges that they have given him, have developed him into the star that he is today. I see tremendous improvement.”

Eddy Reynoso also believes Alvarez has improved considerably since he lost his 12-round junior middleweight match against Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) in September 2013.

“We are working like we always do on all aspects – conditioning, counter-punching, attacking, movement,” Eddy Reynoso said through a translator on the same conference call. “I truly, truly believe that Canelo is a more complete fighter, a more intelligent fighter, and putting it all together on the 16th, that will let us come out with our hand raised.”

Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) is a slight underdog (+125) with about a month to go before his HBO Pay-Per-View fight against Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs). They’ll fight for Golovkin’s IBF, IBO and WBA 160-pound championships in their scheduled 12-rounder.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by serious box on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=Mammoth;17956701]Sh*t is getting gay... I miss the dumber version of Abel...[/QUOTE] Haha yeah the more quiet humble version quietly working away out of the spotlight at big bear

Comment by JaguaresMx on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=larryxxx.;17954913]Canelo is going to pick GGG apart.. GGG will have his moments but he will get stopped in under 10[/QUOTE] if this happens a monument shall be built in your name. You're not a Canelo fan boy, so this is…

Comment by kilojay505 on 08-17-2017

Ya sure cool whatever but did everyone hear that Mayweather is going for a KO against Mcgregor because of the fans disappointment in his last fight AND their using 8 oz gloves! But dont forget floyd has fragile hands and…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 08-17-2017

The pressure is on Golovkin to show up and show if he deserves to be put in the pound for pound lists! He talks about big drama show and dreaming of being in a big fight well you got what…

Comment by Mammoth on 08-17-2017

[QUOTE=serious box;17956646]He is about one compliment away from being employed to suck farts outta canelos arse[/QUOTE] Sh*t is getting gay... I miss the dumber version of Abel...

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