Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are heading in direction of a blockbuster trilogy struggle later this yr however boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya believes this struggle might be totally different from the primary two.
Canelo and Golovkin met twice earlier than, first in 2017 after which 2018 with the primary assembly ending in a draw and Canelo sneaking a majority resolution within the rematch. Each had been thought of controversial selections.
Canelo confronted Golovkin twice for the middleweight world titles again in 2017 after which 2018Getty Photographs – Getty
With Golovkin’s victory over Ryota Murata, the Kazakh star retained his IBF and IBO middleweight titles and he claimed the Japanese fighter’s WBA (tremendous) middleweight title.
Assuming all goes properly with Canelo’s quest for light-heavyweight gold towards Dmtry Bivol in Might, Canelo and GGG may have a profitable third encounter later this yr.
Nevertheless, former three-weight champion De La Hoya believes it’s a distinct struggle now Golovkin has reached 40 years outdated.
“I feel Canelo knocks out Triple G within the third struggle,” De La Hoya instructed BoxingScene.
“Look, I promoted each fights (in 2017 and 2018). I feel Triple G has misplaced a step or two since their [September 2018] rematch. That would be the distinction once they meet once more. I feel Canelo beats him even simpler this time and knocks him out.
“Look, Triple G is up there in age,” famous De La Hoya. “He’s up there in age, he’s been in wars. He’s not a younger 40-year-old. He’s a real 40-year-old fighter who will present his age in that third struggle with Canelo.”
Golovkin and Murata sparred collectively earlier of their careers, and the respect was nonetheless there after GGG’s winGetty De La Hoya misplaced Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez from his Golden Boy Promotions, however did promote the profitable fights with GGGGetty
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Golovkin’s solely loss got here towards Canelo so nobody has ever knocked out the two-time unified middleweight champion and it will be a primary if De La Hoya’s prediction got here true.
Whereas it’s a robust prediction, there’s some advantage to what De La Hoya is saying. Canelo is 31 years outdated and bang in his prime.
He’s the undisputed super-middleweight champion and dealing with Golovkin at 168lbs is sure to swimsuit the Mexican who has discovered it seemingly straightforward to navigate a number of weight divisions over the previous few years.
Both approach, the curiosity might be there for the struggle and whereas time is of course not on Golovkin’s facet with this rivalry, he has all of the motivation to proper what many imagine to be some wrongs from their earlier two fights.
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