Sanchez: GGG Never Hurt, But One Canelo Shot Could Change That

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – As far as Abel Sanchez knows, Gennady Golovkin has never been hurt in an amateur or professional fight.

Sanchez started training Golovkin for his 16th professional fight and has been well-informed by those close to Golovkin about his first 15 pro bouts and an acclaimed amateur career that spanned 350 fights. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin has a proverbial iron chin, but his veteran trainer understands that any fighter can be hurt if caught by powerful puncher with the right shot.

Sanchez has braced himself for the possibility of that happening when Golovkin faces Canelo Alvarez in their highly anticipated middleweight title fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena (HBO Pay-Per-View; $79.99).

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“I’ve never seen him hurt,” Sanchez told a group of reporters prior to a press conference Wednesday at MGM Grand. “I’ve never seen him go down. From what they tell me, in the amateurs he was never hurt, never went down. But you know what? That’s meaningless. If Canelo lands a good shot, like he did against Khan, and Gennady is exposed, who knows? It’s how he gets up that’s gonna be important, how he gets up and continues, because all the greats were down. It’s just how you get up and continue.”

If Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) hurts the hard-hitting Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on Saturday night, Sanchez is confident he is prepared to help his 35-year-old fighter overcome that turbulent time in their fight.

“He’s never been in that situation,” Sanchez said. “That’s why a lot of us, a lot of us as a coach, have four-round and six-round and eight-round fighters, and not all of them are gonna be Golovkin. This is where we learn in those fights. So hopefully we react the way we’re supposed to react to help our fighter when that happens to them, if it does happen.”

Like Golovkin, Alvarez has never been down in a professional career that has included 51 professional fights since he made his debut as a 15-year-old nearly 12 years ago in his native Mexico.

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 livershot73 on 09-15-2017

[QUOTE=True That;18046252][URL=""][/URL] Yep, it was Jose Cotto in the 1st round. Here's the vid clip of when that happened. And yeah, I definitely agree with you on what you said. Absolutely true.[/QUOTE] I stand corrected, thank you bro...I knew it…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 09-14-2017

The first time I watched Canelo I almost saw him get KTFO by Jose Miguel Cotto, I remember feeling sorry for Canelo because he was like 19 and I thought it was a mistake. Well he went on to win…

Comment by True That on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=livershot73;18045850]Jose Cotto? I thought it was vs. Mathew Hatton....but I agree with you and I've said i before, that was a long time ago....but THIS: "But you know what? That’s meaningless. If Canelo lands a good shot, like he did…

Comment by livershot73 on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=True That;18044851]Yeah, he got wobbled there. Never saw that before, thanks for sharing. [B]Similar to when Canelo got hurt and wobbled against Jose Cotto, though Canelo was hurt a lot worse than Golovkin was. [/B] While it's good for banter…

Comment by Liondw on 09-14-2017

Canelo would need an accumulation of punches to hurt Golovkin, and more likely his body punches are his forte. GGG is incredibly tough although hasn't take that much punishment. The toughest guys ever were George Chuvalo, Ali and Hagler in…

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