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Golovkin's Coach: Jacobs Was a Hornet, Canelo is a Mosquito!

By Miguel Rivera

Abel Sanchez, trainer of IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 34 KOs) is really looking forward to September 16th, when his star fighter defends his belts against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in an HBO Pay-Per-View main event.

Golovkin is coming off his first fight where he was forced to go the entire twelve round distance.

Back in March, Golovkin won a close and competitive unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


The bout against Jacobs had snapped Golovkin's 23 fight streak of knockout victories.

Some felt Golovkin was finally starting to show his advancing age, while others praised Jacobs for exceeding expectations.

Now he goes up against a fighter who is eight years younger. While Sanchez was worried about the bout with Jacobs, he is full of confidence when it comes to the match with Canelo, as he believes Golovkin is superior to the Mexican boxer in almost every way.

"As for power, Jacobs is a hornet and [Canelo] is a mosquito," Sanchez told Albert Perez. "Jacobs was already 20 or 25 pounds heavier when he stepped in the ring. He was taller, longer ... he had everything in his favor. Canelo is shorter, much shorter. Maybe he puts together better combinations, he's faster with his hands, but he's smaller. Golovkin being bigger, I think he will dominate him."

"[Canelo has] knocked out Amir Kahn, who had even been knocked out at 135 pounds, [James] Kirkland, who's always hurt and was knocked out at 154 pounds and had not fought for two years [when he faces Canelo]. Who else has Canelo knocked out with a [true] knockout? Then others he beat because they got tired as was the case with Liam Smith."

"Canelo has to dominate Golovkin and get him out of his fight. If he can do this, then he has a chance."