GGG: 2nd Half Against Canelo Will Be 'Crazy, Like Street Fight'

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Gennady Golovkin looked relaxed as he spoke with reporters prior to a press conference Wednesday at MGM Grand.

His calm demeanor aside, the heavy-handed champion from Kazakhstan understands that a very difficult assignment awaits him. The unbeaten Golovkin knows Canelo Alvarez will provide perhaps the toughest test of his 11-year pro boxing career when they meet Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Once they take some time to figure each other out early in their scheduled 12-round fight, the defending IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight champion anticipates a brutal brawl to unfold.


“It’s not [an] easy fight for him or for me,” Golovkin said. “I think maybe a couple rounds [will be] very close. Just, you know, I look [at] his strategy, he looks [at] my strategy. I think [the] second half is much crazy, like a street fight, like a rob bank, like not step back.”

The 35-year-old Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) remains a slight favorite over Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), a former middleweight and junior middleweight champion who has lost only to undefeated, retired legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs).

Even though Golovkin expects a grueling fight against Alvarez, he was smiling from ear to ear Wednesday. When asked why he seems so happy at a time when many fighters would appear tense before such a huge fight, Golovkin gave a brutally honest answer.

“The biggest day is coming,” Golovkin said. “A lot of money is coming, you know? It’s true. True. The biggest fight is coming, a true fight. I’m a boxer. I like fight. My biggest opponent is coming. It’s just very close. I’m very excited. I don’t know, maybe a very close situation like, OK, you’re going to meet with your new girlfriend. You’re excited, like, ‘Oh yeah! Oh yeah!’ You know, like that.”

The Alvarez-Golovkin showdown will headline HBO Pay-Per-View’s four-fight telecast Saturday night. It is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT, and will cost $79.99 to watch in HD.

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 daggum on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=Joe Beamish;18043713]Oh, not this "crazy street fight" song again. [B]How did Golovkin go from looking 28 years old to 35 years old in two years? That's how. [/B]From getting hit in the head repeatedly. Canelo unlike Golovkin's other opponents can…

Comment by RyanjLarose on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=icha;18042892]that was also [B]angulos gameplan[/B] but it just never happened...[/QUOTE] i dont think those two words belong in the same sentence

Comment by RyanjLarose on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=Deletrious;18042714]Max please. This is my bank. This is serious rob.[/QUOTE] hahahaHA DEAD

Comment by Mammoth on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18045626]what did Ward say ?[/QUOTE] 60-40 for GGG

Comment by aboutfkntime on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=Zaroku;18043975]I expect nothing less from two proud warriors.. Let the chips fall where they may.. Best man win. I'm gonna drop two g on Canelo, based on what Ward said.[/QUOTE] what did Ward say ?

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