By Ryan Burton
Unbeaten prospect Ryan Garcia (16-0) was very impressed with Canelo Alvarez's performance against Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin on September 15th. Garcia was in the audience in Las Vegas to watch Alvarez capture the WBA and WBC middleweight titles with his majority decision victory in Las Vegas.
Golovkin usually stalks his opponents but in this fight he was the one moving backwards for the majority of the fights. That is something that hasn't been seen much in any Golovkin fight.
"I was actually surprised especially because Triple G's jab wasn't really worrying Canelo. In the first fight Triple G's jab was on Canelo all day and this fight it wasn't," said Garcia.
Golovkin went to the body a few times early on in the fight but largely abandoned his body attack to focus on Alvarez's head. Garcia said that Canelo's superior speed was the main reason Golovkin avoided going downstairs.
"Canelo's speed is why. Canelo was always looking to counter him so he was afraid to go to his body. He didn't seem comfortable in there. Canelo speed and counters were too on point. He was sharp," Garcia explained.
"Canelo just threw more combinations and was more accurate. He had no fear of his power. Just like in the first fight he understood that Golovkin wasn't as hard of puncher as people thought and he came out and gave no respect. If you were at the arena I figured you would notice that he beat him easy."
If there happens to be a third fight Garcia doesn't think that Golovkin can make the adjustments to pull off the victory. At 36-years-old Golovkin appears to have peaked while the 28-year-old Alvarez is still improving.
"I don't think he can. If they fight again I think that Canelo beats him even easier," said Garcia.
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