By Steve Kim
The first encounter between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was a solid twelve round fight but far from a classic.
But with the animosity ramped up for the rematch, Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez believes we could be in for a much more entertaining and violent affair on September 15th.
"Absolutely," Sanchez told BoxingScene.com on Monday, where Golovkin met with the members of the media in Los Angeles at the Palm Restaurant. "I think they're mad enough at each other that they're going to put on a great fight."
Last year as they met there was mutual respect between the two sides but that has gone out the window as Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol which caused their rematch on May 5th to be scrapped as the Mexican star was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Golovkin, has not been hesitant in stating that he believes Alvarez deliberately cheated. Something that has rankled 'Canelo'
"Canelo's promising that he's going to knock Golovkin out. He promised that the last time, he fought 45, 46 fights one way and then he ends up fighting a different fight against Golovkin and if he does what he says he's going to do, he looks for Golovkin to knock him out, I think they're going to be at a distance where both guys are going to hurt each other, listen, I don't know if 'Canelo' hits hard enough to hurt Golovkin. What if he does and wobbles Golovkin?
"Then we got a fight, we've got a fight where they're going to go at each other."
But does Sanchez believe that Alvarez is just merely posturing?
"Absolutely, absolutely. I think that he talks, he talks, he talks and once the fight is over he goes into hiding and doesn't answer any questions, doesn't talk to anybody and he waits for the next fight. Hopefully he's a man of his word and does what he's supposed to do," Sanchez said.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com