Former two-weight champion Timothy Bradley believes Canelo Alvarez will be too much for Gennadiy Golovkin in a potential trilogy.
Golovkin is coming off a ninth-round TKO win over Ryota Murata this past weekend to unify the IBF, IBO, WBA middleweight titles.
However, it wasn’t easy. Golovkin had a slow start and absorbed plenty of damage, particularly to the body.
In the end, Golovkin was able to get back on track as he eventually broke down Murata later on in the fight to earn the stoppage victory.
Golovkin’s next fight will be at 168 pounds should Alvarez come out on top against Dmitry Bivol in their light heavyweight fight next month.
And as far as Bradley is concerned, Golovkin — who recently turned 40 — is in for a world of hurt against Alvarez in a potential third fight between the pair.
“He’s going to mop up Golovkin,” Bradley told Fighthype.com (via BoxingScene). “I thought Golovkin looked terrible at the beginning and then closed strong at the end, which is good. It showed that he has great conditioning. He’s still able to fight. He still has some power, yeah. Punch placement, and I saw some good lateral movement from him. But Canelo is on another level, man, for Golovkin..
“[Going to 168], that’s going to slow [Golovkin] down, I think that’s honestly going to slow him down. It’s a different animal [with Canelo]. It’s [Golovkin’s] first fight at 168 pounds. Canelo has fought at that weight and 175. Come on, dog. So, I see [Canelo] beating him and stopping him late. You saw it early on in his fight against Murata, Murata was going down to the body and pushing him back. That’s what Canelo is going to do. He’s going to press forward [against Golovkin].
“He’s a little more slippier than, a lot more slippier than Murata and he’s going to be landing his kill shots over the top, right hands, left hooks, whatever. He’s going to set him up. I think conditioning-wise, Canelo is at his peak right now, he’s fighting at his peak. I see him stopping [Golovkin], bro, and if he doesn’t stop him, he’s going to hurt him really badly in the later rounds for sure.”
Golovkin faced Alvarez twice in 2017 and 2018. The first contest — which many believe “GGG” to have won — was a split decision draw.
The second contest was much closer and saw Alvarez edge Golovkin to earn a unanimous decision victory.
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