Not that there’s much doubt, but we’re going to find out Saturday just how good a fighter Gennady Golovkin actually is.
Golovkin faces his toughest test Saturday, when he squares off against 27-year-old Mexican boxing sensation Canelo Alvarez.
Golovkin — obviously — is no slouch, and is one of the most dangerous boxers in the world. But if he wants to beat Alvarez, he’s going to have to stick to some simple rules.
This really goes without saying. Golovkin has such a powerful, snapping jab, and his offense takes off behind it.
As a matter of fact, in his last fight vs. Daniel Jacobs in March, he doubled up Jacobs in jabs thrown — 356 to 170 — and tripled him in jabs landed, at a 105-31 clip.
This is nothing new for Golovkin: He routinely out-jabs his opponent in volume and connect rate, which opens windows for his power punches. It really beats up fighters, rather than just tapping them for points.
This shouldn’t change in his fight vs. Alvarez, but Alvarez is probably the best all-around fighter “Triple G” will face in his career.
Alvarez also showed the propensity to brush off power punches in his career, but if Golovkin can land the jab crisply, it’ll give Alvarez problems.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. offered some advice for Canelo Alvarez and, by proxy, Gennady Golovkin.
Mayweather’s advice: “
He’s not wrong: Canelo can fight inside, and he’s skilled enough defensively to keep his head moving on the way in. No other fighter has been able to really get inside with Golovkin, mainly for fear of Golovkin’s power, and his piston jab. David Lemieux tried it, but Lemieux isn’t really in the same league as Alvarez as a boxer.
Alvarez can hit; he’s got plenty of power, with 34 knockouts in his 49 wins. Mayweather even said that Canelo is one of the hardest punchers he’s faced in his career.
“Triple G” has to be wary of this and ward off as much as he can. Not that Golovkin is weak in the body, but it’ll certainly slow him down a bit.
One of the signatures of Golovkin’s career has been his ability to stalk fighters and pressure them. It will probably be different with Canelo.
Alvarez will come forward and try to pressure Golovkin instead, getting inside and trying to force the issue a bit. It’ll probably rattle Golovkin, especially if Alvarez doesn’t allow him the time to find the range on his punches in the second or third rounds.
We saw in the Jacobs fight that Golovkin is either aging or that he just isn’t the same when he’s facing a high-caliber boxer. If the same story is written Saturday, we could see the first loss in Golovkin’s career, courtesy of Alvarez.