Abel Sanchez, trainer for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), explains that there is no pressure to score a knockout victory over Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) in their upcoming rematch - after feeling that they were robbed of a victory in the first encounter last September.
The bout ended in a controversial twelve round split draw, with scores of 118-110 Canelo, 115-113 Golovkin and 114-114.
There was a lot of controversy over the score of 118-110 for Canelo - which even forced the Mexican star's own promoter, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions, to criticize that tally.
Now the anticipated rematch is scheduled to take place on May 5th. The frontrunner to host the event is the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is where the first clash took place.
Despite all of the talk from Canelo's side to score a knockout inside the distance, Sanchez does not expect either boxer to make any drastic changes. He felt his boxer won at least eight rounds of the first contest and wants him to simply do the same tactics in the rematch.
"No [there is no pressure to get a knockout], I think that these guys are so experienced that they are not going to take unnecessarily chances, they are going to do what they think is necessary in their mind to win. We outside the ring see something different than they see. We’re going to implore them to do the things that we want them to do, but at the end of the day they are the ones inside the ring that are taking the chances. They are experienced enough to have an idea of where they’re at," Sanchez told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"You’re not going to see one guy change dramatically from something he has done in the past. Canelo has fought a little differently in the past, he changed dramatically for this fight and he lost the fight.
"Golovkin has never been a Provodnikov or Brandon Rios who just goes out and throws caution to the wind, and neither is Canelo. So I don’t think we’re going to see something different."