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.
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 BoxingScene.com.
"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 BoxingScene.com.