Former two division champion Bernard Hopkins is very confident that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) will overcome the power of IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs).
The fight is scheduled for Mexican Independence Day weekend, September 16th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Hopkins, an executive with Golden Boy Promotions, who guide the career of Canelo, believes the Mexican superstar will "expose" the obvious flaws of GGG.
In the opinion of Hopkins, a lot of people are picking Golovkin to win because of his punching power. Hopkins expects Golovkin to slowly fall apart once he realizes that he's not capable of knocking Canelo out.
Hopkins liked what he saw in Golovkin's last fight, when Daniel Jacobs became the first boxer to take GGG the full twelve round distance. Prior to that contest, Golovkin had stopped 23 opponents in a row.
“People are blinded by punchers, and when you’re a puncher you can create that type of buzz,” Hopkins told International Business Times.
“He’s gonna lose because Canelo stalks guys, he beats them down, he hits them on top of the head and he beats them. Does Golovkin have plan B? Every great fighter one day they step in that ring, they’re gonna have to have plan B. He never had to have plan B. Come September, I believe he’s gonna have to have plan B and C.”
“When punchers can’t punch you out, a lot of times, there’s no way out. They die by the punch, they live by the punch. Every fight, if you don’t elevate your game, others are watching and they’re gonna take your spot one day. When you’re there, there’s always someone trying to get there too. Canelo is there right now. That’s why I believe it’ll be a fight in the second half where boxing skills and strength will not mix together. And his boxing skills will overcome the strength, and I think that Golovkin’s gonna be in a situation where he’s never been before because he didn’t have to. He just knocked everybody out.”
“I haven’t had a chance to see GGG make adjustments as much as I’ve seen Canelo. He had made some, GGG that is, against Danny Jacobs. He made some adjustments. But I think a lot of those fights gave a blueprint of how to pick that lock and get the door open. Canelo at every step has gotten better. GGG has flatlined straight ahead. Didn’t get better, didn’t get no worse. But he’s who he is.”