Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez: GGG's three-step process in breaking down his opponentsWritten by Joseph Herron
This Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, Canelo Alvarez will once again compete for Super Welterweight gold when he challenges current WBO champion Liam Smith.
And although most die-hard fight fans and boxing critics would prefer a super match-up against current Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, detractors of the event will simply have to wait a little longer for the seemingly inevitable showdown to materialize.
Despite ultimately picking up another brutal stoppage victory this past weekend in London, England, Golovkin took many clean shots in the process and appeared to be somewhat vulnerable against his naturally smaller but quicker opponent, Kell Brook.
When asked what he thought about the fight, the Mexican superstar didn't seem too impressed with Gennady Golovkin's efforts.
"A win is a win," Canelo Alvarez stated to I.O.T.B.A Radio. "But it was nothing special. It's another win, but I didn't see anything special."
While the current lineal Middleweight champion did relinquish his WBC trinket to Gennady without facing him in the ring this past May, Canelo maintains his view of the potential match-up.
"The fight will happen when it happens. And when it does, you will see that I will be ready for him."
Obviously when pitting Alvarez against Triple G, stylistically it's a great pairing that would seemingly ensure fireworks and plenty of dramatic action; It's ostensibly the irresistible force (Gennady Golovkin) facing the immovable object (Canelo)...the effective aggressor versus the sharp-shooting counter puncher. Both men are pound for pound fighters who combine power with technical proficiency.
So who wins this superb battle for Middleweight and "PPV" supremacy?
Three decade fight trainer James Gogue warns critics not to look too closely at this past weekend's event between Golovkin and Kell Brook for answers.
"Many critics are scrutinizing Gennady Golovkin's performance against Kell Brook," Gogue recently stated on War a Week Radio.
"Brook is an excellent fighter, but he couldn't get Golovkin's respect with his power. So Golovkin merely threw technique and caution out the window and just moved forward, imposing his will on Brook and eventually stopped him."
"Golovkin would be a lot more cautious and tactful against a very strong and explosive fighter like Canelo Alvarez. You would see a much different fight."
When analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of both combatants, the experienced trainer and respected talent scout notices a three-step process in which Golovkin systematically breaks down his customarily hard-punching opposition. Gogue expects Gennady to implement this same ideology when facing a very dangerous counter puncher like Canelo Alvarez.
"In my opinion, Gennady's jab is extremely underrated and is his primary weapon when facing a dangerous opponent like Canelo Alvarez," insists the three decade fight trainer. "That's what Golovkin will start off doing against an accurate and explosive counter puncher like Alvarez. He'll use his footwork to move in and out of range while sticking that jab in Canelo's face."
"Gennady's jab is like most fighters' right hands, so it takes a serious toll on his opponents, consistently pounding them with that unusually strong lead hand. Jab by jab, round by round, he's going to start to break him down. It's the first step in his effective process of breaking down his opponents."
"Once he establishes the jab in rhythm, sees that it's breaking down his opponent and slowing him down, then he's going to start closing the distance and working the body. That's step two in his breakdown process."
"Then when he knows he's limited your ability to move around the ring proficiently with a steady and consistent attack to the body, he'll start putting his punches together in short, sharp combinations to the body and head. That's the final step...if he gets to the third and final step, his opponent is getting knocked out."
Although Gogue does recognize Canelo's very underrated defensive skills, deceptively quick reflexes with exceptional upper body and head movement in the pocket, the experienced trainer doesn't think Canelo will be able to avoid Golovkin's accurate and powerful jab.
"That sets the table for everything," claims James Gogue. "It's a fighter's first line of defense and the punch that sets up every other shot in his entire arsenal...the left hook to the body and head, the overhand right, the right uppercut...everything."
"If Golovkin is able to implement that three step process intelligently, it's over...Canelo will be no different than anyone else Triple G has beaten up. Lemieux, Stevens, Brook...he's getting stopped just like everyone else."
Hopefully fight fans will get to see the drama unfold in 2017.