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Canelo-Golovkin: Former Opponents Make Their Predictions

By Chris McKenna in Las Vegas, courtesy of The Daily Star

GENNADY GOLOVKIN puts his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBC middleweight titles on the line against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Seven Brits have shared the ring with either Golovkin or Alvarez and Starsport has spoken to them all to get their views on the mouth watering showdown.

LIAM SMITH (lost TKO 9 v Alvarez, September 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas)

If I could have one week back of my life it would be that week when I put my WBO light-middleweight title on the line against him.

It was a serious experience to fight in front of than 80,000 fans at the Dallas Cowboys stadium even if it didn’t go well for me in the ring.

Canelo was very good and very clever, but he has just got better and a better even since he beat me that night.

If Golovkin stops him late it wouldn’t surprise me but I slightly edge for Canelo on points.

Prediction: Alvarez on points

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KELL BROOK (lost TKO 5 v Golovkin, September 2016 at O2 in London)

What stood out for me with Golovkin was his punching power and the way he cut the ring down.

But he can be hit and I don’t think Canelo will have problems hitting him. If you stick to a game plan and box him then you can beat him.

I think Canelo will beat him on points, but I know one thing about Golovkin - I lifted him off his feet with an uppercut and he just looked back and smiled.

He is very hard so he can definitely take a shot and it won’t be one punch that finishes this.

Prediction: Alvarez on points

AMIR KHAN (lost KO 6 to Alvarez, May 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas)

I have been in the ring with Canelo and I can tell you he is a class act.

People say that Golovkin is the power puncher in this fight but I think they may be wrong, Canelo is one of the biggest punchers in that division.

What I found out about Canelo is he hits and moves, his footwork is very good and he has brilliant upper body movement, which Golovkin is lacking.

Those quick hands, hard punches and movement is what will give Canelo the edge over his man.

Prediction: Alvarez on points

MARTIN MURRAY (lost TKO 11 to Golovkin, February 2015 at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo)

I fought George Groves, Arthur Abraham, Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm, and Golovkin was by far the best.

Every single shot is solid and stiff. As the fight goes on they take their toll.

I prepared for a lot but what surprised me about him the most was his variety of shots and the way he was able to open me up.

There might be stages where Canelo outboxes him, but I think the Kazakh is too big and too strong.

Prediction: Golovkin TKO

MATTHEW MACKLIN (lost KO 3 to Golovkin, June 2013 at Foxwoods in Mashantucket)

I started by doing what my coach Buddy McGirt told me, which was to move right and counter. After a couple of rounds I was cut and barely won a second of the fight.

I tried to go for it in the third round but he backed me onto the ropes and then hit me with a body shot that broke my ribs.

Canelo has much better hand speed than I had, he has blistering combinations. Maybe he can put him under that pressure.

But Golovkin is able to put you under pressure without doing a lot, so you’re burning more energy because you know he has the power to take you out.

Prediction: Golovkin on points

RYAN RHODES (lost TKO 12 to Alvarez, June 2011 at Arena VFG in Tlajomulco de Zuniga)

I went into the fight with confidence, the bell went and he hit me and it changed the game plan completely.

I expected him to hunt me down but he held the centre of the ring and tried boxing me.

It took me three rounds to figure out what he was doing then he changed his game plan again.

Great fighters adapt and do what they have to do to win. Alvarez has everything you need to beat Golovkin.

Prediction: Alvarez on points

MATTHEW HATTON (lost on points to Alvarez, March 2011 at Honda Center in Anaheim)

The one thing that really stood out was his physical strength. I had sparred bigger guys but he was on another level.

After he weighed in I stood face to face and thought, ‘He is not that big’.

I was astonished to see the size of him in the ring. When he took off his robe, I thought, ‘Oh my God, look at the size of him!’.

I’m convinced Alvarez will win, I don’t think he will lay him out but he will stop him.

Prediction: Alvarez TKO

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by redmyth79 on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18055576][QUOTE=redmyth79;18055439] 139 Dumb FUK![/QUOTE] Canelo's 1st fight was for the 140 class it dont make a **** what he weighed before fight as fight night he was 150+ im sure if you want to be that silly about it

Comment by Shadoww702 on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=redmyth79;18055439][QUOTE=Shadoww702;18052340] I didnt post that bs so take my ****ing name out of it. I was the one who said canelo started at 140 which he did. Get your damn post straight as progressive is tbe one saying what you…

Comment by redmyth79 on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18052340][QUOTE=Progrssive_Jedi;18052103] At Friday's official weigh in, [B]Alvarez was 155 pounds[/B] Angulo, taking advantage of the heavier limit, was 154[B]½[/B] pounds. WOW your crying over 1/2 lb??? "All his fight that are pro as an adult been 154 up" That's a…

Comment by redmyth79 on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=Progrssive_Jedi;18052103][QUOTE=redmyth79;18052055] Stop it, Canelo turned pro at 15. All his fight that are pro as an adult have been 154 up. GGG was a WW at 19. As for Canelo weight manipulation games, you're simply uninformed bud. He also had…

Comment by hugh grant on 09-16-2017

[QUOTE=pensum;18051639]No surprises there: they all just pick the guy whom they fought themselves.[/QUOTE] Apart from brook like someon said and Monroe. But its incredible how people rate nelo so highly now after looking good against the khans and Liam smiths…

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