De La Hoya: Canelo Can Do Damage on Golovkin, Stop Him Late

By Steve Kim

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) has promised a knockout when he challenges unified middleweight Gennady Golovkin in their rematch on May 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas,

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes the Mexican star, expects to see a more confident and forceful Canelo this rematch.

"The fact 'Canelo' didn't feel his power is a huge confidence boost. I strongly believe that - not that he's going to walk right through him - but he's going to press the action, he's going to stand in front of him and move his waist and push Golovkin back," said De La Hoya at LA Live, where the official press conference was held for this fight.

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In their initial encounter, which was ruled a draw back in September, Alvarez spent most of the fight on his back foot.

But, if he should hold his ground more and initiate the action more, De La Hoya sees a scenario where his man knocks out 'GGG'.

"I believe so. Look, Canelo didn't use body punches as much as I thought he would," explained the founder of Golden Boy Promotions to

"Canelo has a lot of room for improvement and which he can adjust and which he can use the second time around. Look, Canelo's obviously younger, he's faster, he's a thinker up in that ring so combined with his power I think he can do some damage and maybe a late stoppage."

The first contest, which also took place at T-Mobile, had a lot of controversy over the split draw. Once judge saw it 115-113 for Golovkin, and another had it even at 114-114, but the scorecard of 118-110 for Canelo was so unusual that even De La Hoya was critical of the one-sided scoring.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Don Mac on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=Gillie;18528688]I don't think Canelo had success at the end because GGG let him, it was because he knew he was behind, as did his corner and really anyone objectively watching the fight, and decided to take it to the champ.…

Comment by _Maxi on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=Gillie;18528688]I don't think Canelo had success at the end because GGG let him, it was because he knew he was behind, as did his corner and really anyone objectively watching the fight, and decided to take it to the champ.…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18528587]GGG = never even been knocked down - Canelo = couldn't even stop Mathew Hatton or Cotto Stop it. This fight has another tactical decision written all over it. I think GGG will just be a bit more aggressive this…

Comment by turnedup on 03-01-2018

He could've, he would've, he won't. Canelo would be stupid to change it up and plant his feet. Why play into your opponents strength, especially if you are opening yourself up to a brutal body punch. I know Oscar and…

Comment by kushking on 03-01-2018

[QUOTE=maxberlin61;18528816]Don't worry about it so much. As we said countless times before, Gennady could've been an ATG had he been with another trainer. At the very least a 2 Division World Champion by 2013. It's fine if he didn't fight…

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