By Tom Evans, courtesy of The Daily Star
SAUL “Canelo” Alvarez has what it takes to beat Gennady Golovkin in their long-awaited rematch, according to former world super-middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Canelo’s fight with GGG in September 2017 is widely regarded as one of the most competitive bouts of the last decade.
It ended in a controversial draw and boxing fans have been waiting for a rematch ever since.
The second fight – set for September 15 – has been shrouded in controversy after the Mexican tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol.
Ward, who was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world before his retirement, believes Canelo, 28, could have the edge this time around – but boxing fans were more interested in his reaction to the doping controversy.
“I mean it’s a fight so you never know [but] the first fight was extremely close,” he told ESPN’s Get Up! show.
“Historically, the guy who can do more and has more tricks in his bag typically do better in the rematch.
“That is Canelo in this case. I think Golovkin is getting a little older – he’s 36, he’s got miles on him.
“I think Canelo is going to make the adjustment, show a different side and possibly get his hands raised.”
It was how the 34-year-old reacted when asked about Canelo’s drug test that really got fight fans talking, though.
The American was reminded that Canelo’s excuse when the doping allegations were made was that he had eaten “tainted meat”.
But all Ward could do was laugh hysterically when this was brought up.
“I mean, it’s tricky, that’s a heavy accusation to put on someone,” he added.
“He did come up dirty, that’s his fault. He has to own it, that’s why he’s getting the backlash that he’s getting.
“I’m just sensitive with those kind of things. I have my opinion but I reserve jumping out there before I get all the facts.”