“Triple G is too strong for Canelo," insists Ronnie ShieldsWritten by Joseph Herron
Shortly following Gennady Golovkin’s sensational knock-out victory over Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday, May 16, the boxing community has been busy, buzzing about a potential and seemingly inevitable showdown between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Triple G.
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And while most pundits and fight scribes would more than likely favor the hard punching Kazakh in the proposed elite match-up, the Mexican born, super-star seems to like his chances against anyone currently competing within the Middleweight division.
Canelo greeted his fans on his favorite social media outlet with this ostensibly challenging message, immediately following HBO’s broadcast from Inglewood, California.
“When the day comes for me to move up to 160, I will face the best in the division,” Alvarez stated via Twitter on Saturday night. “Sincerely and with humility, I don’t see any real competition for me. Greetings to everyone!”
Apparently, the 24 year old prizefighter was one of the few observers who weren’t terribly impressed with Golovkin’s sixth round stoppage victory over Monroe Jr. on Home Box Office.
Elite level trainer Ronnie Shields not only likes Gennady Golovkin in the suggested head to head match-up, but the astute boxing coach noticed something very peculiar within Canelo’s confident message to his fans.
“Notice how Canelo was very clear in stating ‘160’ and not Middleweight? He already fights as a Middleweight,” observes Coach Ronnie Shields. “He hasn’t fought as a Super Welterweight since he faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September of 2013.”
Ronnie believes Canelo gained a bit of confidence in eventually facing the “Mexican Style” Middleweight titlist when he saw Golovkin get touched in rounds three, four and five of last night’s main event from the Great Western Forum. The experienced fight trainer explains why looks can be deceiving in the ring.
“Look, Triple G showed defensive lapses against Monroe on Saturday night because he could. We saw the same thing when he faced Daniel Geale last year. He’ll take a few shots from fighters who aren’t big punchers just to get them to engage. If he knows they can’t hurt him, he’ll do it just so they let their hands go during the fight.”
“Golovkin wouldn’t show those kinds of defensive lapses against a puncher like Canelo. In my opinion, no one at 160 pounds or below will beat Triple G…not Canelo, not Cotto, not anyone. He’s a handful for everyone at Middleweight or below.”
“He’s way too strong for both Canelo and Cotto. You’ll see Miguel Cotto give up the title before he steps in the ring with Golovkin, and you’ll see Canelo Alvarez get knocked out if he decides to face Triple G anytime soon. He’s too strong for anyone 160 pounds and below.”