By Victor Salazar
New York - Golden Boy Promotions partner Bernard Hopkins knows a thing or two about big time middleweight championship fights.
Hopkins still holds the record for most consecutive world title defenses at middleweight with 20. Slowly creeping up on Hopkins is unified WBA, WBC, IBO and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) with 18.
Should GGG beat Hopkins’ biggest star in the Golden Boy stable, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s), he would be one fight shy of tying Hopkins record.
Hopkins was in New York’s Madison Square Garden to promote the fight between Canelo and Golovkin. The two will meet on September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on HBO pay-per-view.
Hopkins feels very confident about Canelo's ability to win, and he doesn’t think the win over Triple G will be as hard as people think it is.
“We know what we have and we know what we have to go up against,” Hopkins told BoxingScene.com.
“September, a lot of people are going to be in shock. Power normally rules and it still does but every now and then things happen that sort of shakes up the theory. It’s happen before and it’ll happen again. September you will see history made and it’s not going to be as hard as people think it’s going to be.”
Even though Golovkin is an Olympic silver medal winner, Hopkins feels that GGG doesn’t have a diverse arsenal and the fight with Danny Jacobs proved it.
“Once he shoots his load (Golovkin) and realizes he has to go to Plan A, B, C, and D,” explained Hopkins. “We have to see if he knows his ABC’s. Canelo can fight more styles than not. If he stays focused and doesn’t get into a shootout with a guy that has a shotgun that’s two feet away, he’s playing with fire.”
“If he acts like he’s in the matrix, he can’t get emotionally and try and give a punch because he took one. He’s going to take a few but it’s how he takes those punches is how he’ll get to GGG. If he stands and takes Triple G’s punch, it will mess with the psyche.”
Although it may gross more money than Hopkins' 2001 middleweight unification with Felix Trinidad, the future Hall of Famer believes the bout with Trinidad had a lot more magnitude.
“As a promoter, yeah it’s my biggest. But as a fighter - Trinidad and myself was a bigger fight," Hopkins said.