GGG coach Abel Sanchez rips Canelo Alvarez in buildup to September rematch
In 2014, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin coined the phrase ‘big drama show’, and social media would later pick up the term until it became somewhat synonymous with his first fight with Canelo Alvarez. Well, their scheduled rematch isn’t exactly lacking in the drama department either, with the war of words picking up one month out from the fight itself.
Golovkin (38-0-1) and Alvarez (49-1-2) are set to face each other with the IBO, WBA, and WBC Middleweight belts on the line on September 15th, after the date was changed from May. The reason behind the change was Alvarez’s suspension due to testing positive for Clenbuterol, something that has largely been blamed on tainted meats. Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, made sure to mention that when he recently criticized Alvarez.
“I read that Canelo isn’t eating beef in this camp. Let’s just hope he stopped eating duck too,” Sanchez said in a press release via BoxingScene. The comment followed some sharp criticism of Canelo’s style, which differs from the more aggressive one that is used by many past and present fighters from Mexico. “Gennady had to chase Canelo, who boasted that he was the true Mexican warrior, around the ring.”
He also compared Canelo’s fighting to the four corners offense in basketball, which is an offensive strategy that was used to stall and hold onto the lead before the shot clock era. “It reminded me of the four corners offense those old Dean Smith-coached basketball teams used to play. I’m seriously considering asking the Nevada Athletic Commission to install a 24-second clock to force Canelo to engage.”
Additionally, Sanchez made a statement that might be a bit more controversial, claiming that it was Canelo that fans were booing rather than Golovkin following their first fight being announced as a draw. “Gennady did everything in that fight. Gennady wasn’t the one who got booed by the fans when those crazy scorecards were announced. And Gennady is going to do even more in the rematch,” he said, while in reality, the consensus about the winner of the fight was less clear.
Neither fighter or set of fans would walk away feeling happy with the result. That’s exactly why the rematch, which will be an HBO pay-per-view event that’s scheduled for Mexican Independence Day weekend, is one of the most anticipated fights in recent years. It’s then that we’ll find out if Sanchez’s fighting style criticisms hold up, or if Canelo will show up for the Las Vegas crowd at T-Mobile Arena.