De La Hoya: Canelo is furious, he’s going to knockout Golovkin
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says he’s angry and so is his fighter Saul Canelo Alvarez at the comments made by Gennady Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez about their belief that Canelo intentionally used performance enhancing drugs for the May 5th rematch.
De La Hoya says they better “watch out” what they say. De La Hoya believes that the 27-year-old Canelo (49-1-2, 34 KOs) will ultimately be cleared of any wrongdoing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission about his 2 positive tests for the banned substance clenbuterol last February. De La Hoya says Canelo is angry and he’s going to beat up and knockout Golovkin in their rematch on May 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unfortunately, Canelo was the one that got the worst of it in the previous fight with Golovkin last September. The fight was scored a draw by the judges, but Golovkin walked away being viewed as the winner by the boxing public. The results were ignored by the fans.
“Obviously there were some articles that came out,” De La Hoya said to Villian Fy about the Canelo-GGG fight. “First of all, doctor Golovkin, he thinks he’s a doctor now, you know, accusing me. First of all, which I strongly urge, attacking my persona – attacking who I was as a fighter. I’m actually very pissed off,” De La Hoya said.
It sounds like De La Hoya just realized that people have been talking about Canelo and calling him a dirty fighter. If De La Hoya had taken the time to check social media, he’d have seen that many boxing fans were suspicious of Canelo before his first fight with Golovkin last September. A lot of boxing fans thought Canelo was using PEDs for the first fight. Canelo tested positive during all the tests before the first fight, so those fans couldn’t say anything. But now that Canelo has tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, it’s opened up a flood gate of criticism from tons of boxing fans, and that’s probably not going to go away no matter what the Nevada Commission decides at the end of their investigation of the Golden Boy star.
Golovkin is angry over Canelo’s positive test for clenbuterol, and he let the media know this week that he thinks the Mexican star purposefully used the banned drug. In other words, Golovkin doesn’t buy the excuse being given by Canelo that he ate contaminated meat that contained the clenbuterol in Mexico. That excuse has been used by other fighters from that country in the past to avoid being penalized.
De La Hoya didn’t say what he would do if Golovkin was the one that tested positive for clenbuterol. Would he let the fight continue for May 5 or would he cancel?
Golovkin is in a situation where if the Nevada Commission chooses to let the fight continue for May 5, he would have to have faith in their investigation in proving that Canelo ate contaminated meat and didn’t take the clenbuterol to get an advantage for their rematch. Golovkin doesn’t believe the excuse given by Canelo. That’s the reality of it. Golovkin says he’ll still fight Canelo on May 5 if the Nevada Commission clears him, but he plans on making sure he wins the fight this time around. If the isn’t canceled by the Commission, Golovkin says he’s going to take care of Canelo.
“This puppet Abel Sanchez, who doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing, saying that I cheated and this and that,” De La Hoya said. ”These guys better watch out and be careful. I can tell you one thing. I’m not going to speak for Canelo. Canelo is going to speak when after the Nevada Commission does their proper investigation, and you’ll see Canelo is a clean fighter and an honest fighter. And when they do come out with a statement and I tell you one thing, Canelo’s pissed off. Canelo wants to knock the s—t out of him,” De La Hoya said.
If the fight does take place on May 5, then Canelo needs to fight smart against Golovkin. He’s not going to do well if he fights angry. Canelo doesn’t have the size or the power to beat Golovkin in a war. Canelo needs to stick with what he did last time in fighting defensively like he did last time, and hope that the Nevada State Athletic Commission assigned judges prefer his fighting style over Golovkin’s.
Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez is an excellent trainer. He also trains cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev. Sanchez clearly knows what he’s doing as a trainer.
The way the boxing public feels with many of them seeing Canelo as having intentionally using clenbuterol, it might not matter if the Nevada Commission clears him. A lot of the fans will see Canelo as having been given preferential treatment by the Nevada Commission. The Commission can clear Canelo and say that his positive test for clenbuterol is consistent with him having consumed contaminated meat, but a lot of fans are still going to think he’s guilty. Those fans will see the Nevada Commission as having given Canelo preferential treatment. The judges that worked the first fight between Canelo and Golovkin were assigned by the Nevada Commission. One of those judges scored the Canelo-GGG fight 10 rounds to 2 in favor of Canelo. Another judge scored it even at 6-6, and gave Canelo round 7, which was Golovkin’s best round of the fight.
For a lot of fans, they fully expect the Nevada Commission to clear Canelo. They see that as a predictable move. Canelo can be cleared by the Commission, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll be viewed as a clean fighter in the eyes of a lot of the boxing fans. They’ll just think Canelo got preferential treatment from the Nevada Commission. Canelo brings in a lot of fans to Nevada for his fights, and that’s where he always fights now. Unfortunately, a lot of the fans will see this as Canelo getting favorable treatment by the Commission. If there was an outside agency that was investigating Canelo’s positive test, it would look better in the eyes of some fans, as long as the agency had nothing to gain in clearing or finding guilt with Canelo.
”No, I’m retired, but don’t attack what I accomplished. It’s not right,” De La Hoya said in response to a comment Golovkin made about him. ”What I see is Golovkin is distracted, and I see that they’re already looking for an excuse. I tell you one thing. Canelo is going to knock him out, especially after this,” De La Hoya said.
Canelo isn’t able to put his punches together to a knockout against someone like Golovkin. That was the problem Canelo has last September against Triple G. Canelo needed a rest break after he’d throw three or four punches. If Canelo’s conditioning hasn’t improved dramatically for the May 5th rematch, then he’s not going to have any chance at all of scoring a knockout. The only one that has a real chance of scoring a knockout in this fight is Golovkin, and he probably won’t be able to do it, because Canelo can take a good shot and he moves his head and upper body a lot. Golovkin will need to target Canelo’s body for him to score a knockout in this fight. Canelo’s habit of turning his back to Golovkin when he would throw body shots could lead to the referee stopping him from throwing body shots. The shots that Golovkin throw to the body will hit Canelo on the back due to him turning his back to him when he sees him let a shot go in the direction of his midsection.