Canelo Blog Part 2: Canelo discusses being among the best Mexican fighters ever

A dominant victory over GGG will put you among the best Mexican fighters ever. Did you ever think that was possible? Who were the fighters you grew up watching and how does it feel to be compare to some of them?

“When I was a young boxer starting out, of course you never imagine all of this coming true. However, in my heart I’ve always wanted this, and I’ve always dreamed of the day in which my discipline would pave the way to where I am.

“Anything in this world is achievable if you have the passion for it, and I have given my life and blood to the sport of boxing. Gilberto Román, Óscar “Chololo” Larios, Javier “Chatito” Jáuregui, are all world champions with whom I grew up watching and learned from. Also, the legendary José Ángel Mantequilla Nápoles was someone extremely influential in my career. I can’t explain the feeling of possibly being compared to them, it’s an honor. However, I don’t think I could compare to their legendary status because I’m creating my own. This is my era.”

Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO Immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Canelo vs. Golovkin takes place Saturday, September 16 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT.

Canelo Blog Part 1: Training & GGG discussion

What’s the difference between 154 and 160 and how you felt in the last fight? What’s the best way to go up in weight without losing speed/power/movements?

 
“Even if it is one pound or five, both the fighter and the opponent can feel the difference in the ring. Whether it’s punching power or being able to utilize your body to avoid being tossed around, there is a change. I felt great going up in weight to fight against Chavez, Jr., but that’s a testament to the hard work that Chepo, Eddy and I had put into training camp. I had a lot of energy, and I didn’t lose my natural skill that a lot of critics thought I would by going up in weight.


 
“First, the key in going up weight divisions is knowing your body, and where to add the weight. This looks different for a lot of fighters – whether it’s body lifting or focusing on diet. Even though technically I am going up in weight divisions, I still have to cut weight during fight camp because I naturally sit between 172 to 175 pounds. One of the ways you can adapt to a new weight class is by training with different sparring partners who are at your desired weight class. By doing so, you test how effective your punching is, and how another fighter’s offense affects your body. From there, you can make adjustments to make sure you’re not losing speed, power or movement by either doing more cardio or focusing on adding muscle. Not only that, but rehydrating after a weigh-in is critical in your performance come fight night. Some fighters will try to add a lot of weight after the weigh-in, and if they aren’t smart can potentially look sluggish and slow. Chepo and Eddy are critical in all of this – they know my body after all these years, and make sure that I am in tip top form from start to finish.”
 
HBO Sports will air the special “Under The Lights: Canelo/Golovkin” Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. (E/PT) on HBO. It’s the final time the two will see each other until fight week unfolds in Las Vegas.
 
Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO Immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
 
Canelo vs. Golovkin takes place Saturday, September 16 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT. 
 
24/7 #CaneloGGG – Episode 1

Hosted by sports commentator Beto Duran, Staredown brings together Eddy Reynoso, trainer to lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs), and Abel Sanchez, trainer to undefeated WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), in an intimate setting to talk about the importance of Canelo vs. Golovkin to the sport of boxing and what each fighter needs to do to win the night of Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Watch Staredown Featuring Eddy Reynoso and Abel Sanchez

Eddy Reynoso and Abel Sanchez, trainers of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Glolovkin, talk about the importance of Canelo vs. Golovkin to the sport of boxing

Below are highlights from the trainers’ conversation in Staredown:

EDDY REYNOSO, Trainer to Canelo Alvarez:

“This fight is huge for Mexico. There hasn’t been a fight like this since Pacquaio vs. Marquez that has peaked such interest.

[When asked about Gennady’s “Mexican Style”] “It makes me proud that foreign boxers would choose to emulate our Mexican boxing style. It’s proof of importance.

“Canelo and Gennady’s boxing styles will certainly test each other, and this is the type of fight that can result in a trilogy. This fight will bring boxing the credibility it once had in the past. The boxer that makes the best adjustments is the one that will win the fight.

“We are working hard in the gym. We know Golovkin is a strong boxer, but Saul is a better boxer, and his time is now.”

ABEL SANCHEZ, Trainer to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin:

“All the big fights are in Vegas. Gennady has never had a fight of this magnitude. This is a fight for world supremacy. The middleweight division has always been the glory division so the winner of this fight will be considered a super star.

“The great fighters, the greatest warriors in history have been Mexican or Latino. Both Canelo and Gennady are bringing back this ‘Mexican Style’ of boxing.

“Sparring is sparring. Canelo was just a young boy of 19 or 20 years when he and Gennady sparred. He’s progressed immensely since then. My impression of Canelo after that sparring session was that he was fast and smart, had nice combinations and good movement, but he was only five years into his professional career at that time. I thought he could be a champion or a star someday.

“Gennady needs to beat Canelo. He needs to destroy Canelo; destroy the aura that he has right now.”

Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”; Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle; O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday!; Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events; Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Lara is 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya is a 10-round fight for the NABF Super Bantamweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo is a 10-round lightweight bout for the WBC Continental Americas and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

HBO Sports will air the special “Under The Lights: Canelo/Golovkin” Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. (E/PT) on HBO. It’s the final time the two will see each other until fight week unfolds in Las Vegas.

Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

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