Sanchez, Golovkin: His Riches Have Changed Canelo as a Person

By Keith Idec

Gennady Golovkin and Abel Sanchez suspect fame and fortune have changed Canelo Alvarez.

They remember a vastly different person in 2011, when the eventual superstar spent time training at Sanchez’s gym and sparring against Golovkin in Big Bear Lake, California.

Golovkin and Sanchez acknowledged during a press conference Monday in Los Angeles that there’s bad blood between Golovkin and Alvarez now that they’ve fought to a controversial draw and endured the costly cancelation of their May 5 rematch.

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“He was in my training camp probably about six years ago,” Sanchez said. “He spent three different training camps in my gym. And then Gennady was just saying he was a different kind of person. He was a very humble, very nice kid. It seems that today his riches have made him a different person. He’s a very good fighter. He’s an exceptional fighter. He’s doing a lot with boxing in Mexico.

“But as fast he went up, he can go back down. And all the people that you stepped on on the way up, you’re gonna meet on the way down. So I think that his persona today and even sometimes his actions – what he says and what he doesn’t say and what he doesn’t do – are hurting him.”

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 36, has been extremely critical of the 27-year-old Alvarez for twice testing positive for clenbuterol in February and claiming contaminated meat caused him to fail those performance-enhancing drug tests. Golovkin also questioned why Mexico’s Alvarez hadn’t enrolled in year-round testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, a commitment Alvarez made about a month ago.

Their contentious relationship worsened when Golovkin demanded more money for their middleweight championship rematch last month. A deal, which reportedly will afford Alvarez a 55-45 revenue split, was reached Wednesday for Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) to fight again September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Superarms1 on 07-07-2018

[QUOTE=LADIV;18918385]khan>vanes.....ggg ducked his mando took the easy way out and got stripped of his belt[/QUOTE]I'll say it again like canelo does. Khan the glass chin is not as good

Comment by The Madison on 07-06-2018

Possibly but long term drug abuse does the same thing. You can't pump yourself full of drugs and be the same person.

Comment by LADIV on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=Superarms1;18917717]yes sir just like what canelo did.. Yes.[/QUOTE]khan>vanes.....ggg ducked his mando took the easy way out and got stripped of his belt

Comment by Superarms1 on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=LADIV;18877129]ggg being as angry and taking his frustration out on inactive fighter for 2 years and going up in weight...that sounds about right...[/QUOTE] yes sir just like what canelo did.. Yes.

Comment by Chuckguy on 06-22-2018

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;18881783]why call me a fool? who the f are you? wtf is your definition of 'foolish' ? Never mind...I will state it again , Canelo is either too stupid or too want to call it foolish? go ahead...the fact…

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