De La Hoya says GGG needs to regroup before he’ll make Canelo third fight
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya says he’s not going to put Saul Canelo Alvarez back inside the ring with Gennady Golovkin soon, as he wants his Golden Boy star to rest from their two hard fights and he wants GGG to win two fights to rebuild before he considerers putting together a third fight between them.
Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KOs) won a 12 round unanimous decision in a fight that could have gone the other way. As Canelo’s promoter, De La Hoya doesn’t see it that way. He feels that Canelo won a clear victory over Golovkin and he thinks the fight will take the 28-year-old Mexican native’s career to the next level.
Canelo’s next opponent is expected to be former IBF welterweight champion David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs), who made easy work of fellow Golden Boy middleweight Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KOs) in stopping him in round one last Saturday on the Canelo-GGG2 undercard.
De La Hoya says Canelo is going to go in his direction and GGG in his own. The path that the two fighters take may or may not lead them to superstardom though. It depends on who they’re matched against. Lemieux is not the type of opponent that one would think of when you mention the best middleweights for Canelo to fight.
If Canelo isn’t going to fight Golovkin until some later point in time in 2019, 2020 or later, then the boxing public is going to want to see him fight guys like this:
• Jermall Charlo
• Billy Joe Saunders
• Daniel Jacobs
• Jarrett Hurd
• Jermell Charlo
• Sergiy Derevyanchenko
• Erislandy Lara
• Jaime Munguia
• Ryota Murata
”Obviously, Triple-G’s camp is going to want it, but we have to be real here. They both just survived a devastating war,” De La Hoya said to the latimes.com. “They’re tired, and it’d be silly to match them up back to back to back again. Canelo’s going to go down his own path to super-stardom. This fight took him there. Triple-G has to regroup himself, get a couple more wins, maybe, until we do it again,” De La Hoya said.
De La Hoya isn’t saying what the road map is for Canelo in his next two fights, but it’s expected by a lot of boxing fans that Lemieux will be next in December and WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia will come after that in May of 2019. If Canelo gets through those fights and Golovkin is able to win his next fight or two, then a third Canelo-GGG fight might be possible for September 2019. It would be risky and possibly foolish on Golden Boy to put Canelo in with someone good in his next fight in December because he might not do as well he did last Saturday. Canelo was fading after eight rounds against Golovkin. If Canelo fades like that against someone like Jermall Charlo, Jacobs or Saunders, he could be embarrassed. Those guys are a little faster GGG, and they’re not as old as him. Canelo might find out that his 5’8” size is a real liability when he gets in there with younger and taller middleweights like the 6’0” Charlo, Jacobs and the 5’11” Saunders. Those guys are all taller than the 5’10 ½” Golovkin, and considerably younger.
Golovkin, 36, might be considerably older before he does get the third fight against Canelo. It makes sense for GGG not to fight Canelo next, because he suffered a bad cut over his right eye that required eight stitches to close. That cut is going to need time to heal. Golovkin suffered a lot of bruising in the fight, and it would be bad for him to rush back into the ring to fight Canelo a third time in December. For Golovkin to fight anyone in December might not be a good idea. If Golovkin is going to return to the ring soon against someone else, he should be thinking more along the lines of fighting in January or February. But now that Golovkin is no longer the WBC middleweight champion, which relieves him of the burden of needing to face Jermall Charlo, the mandatory challenger for that belt. Golovkin can now go after WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, face the winner of the October 27 fight between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko or look to fight World Boxing Association ‘regular’ middleweight champion Ryota Murata. Golovkin vs. Murata would still be a big fight in Japan if it took place. Jacobs (34-2, 29 KOs) is fighting Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant IBF 160 pound title. If Golovkin still dreams of unifying the middleweight division, then facing Murata, Saunders and the Jacobs-Derevyanchenko winner is the way to go. The problem with those fights are that they’re not huge money fights, and they’re likely to tough for Golovkin unless he’s able to fight in a more sustained manner like he was before his two fights against Canelo.
Golovkin surprisingly was in the retreat mode through most of his fight against Canelo last Saturday. That was completely unexpected. Even in the later rounds when GGG was rallying against a fatigued Canelo, he still was easily giving ground when met with resistance. Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez was helpless to get him to follow his instructions in the corner. Sanchez kept pushing Golovkin to come forward and take the fight to Canelo, but he wouldn’t do it in a consistent enough manner to win the rounds to get the victory. The judges scored as they saw it, giving Canelo the win by the scores 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113.
“I want to congratulate Canelo,” a badly bruised and bleeding Golovkin said. “We can talk about a lot of things, but I want to congratulate Canelo.”
Golovkin wasn’t willing to admit that he deserved the loss, but his lack of anger suggested that he suspected that the fight was close enough to go the other way without it being a robbery like the last fight against Canelo was perceived by many boxing fans.
For Golovkin to have a better chance in the third fight against Canelo, he’s going to need to break down video and learn from the mistakes that he made in his first two fights. Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso obviously studied film from the first Canelo-GGG encounter well and noticed that Golovkin struggled when he was pressured. Golovkin and/or his trainer Sanchez need to study video and notice the mistakes that Canelo makes. One thing that seems to be very obvious in looking at the two Canelo-GGG fights is how Canelo’s form and stamina breaks down completely when he’s attacked in a nonstop manner in which Golovkin was throwing one punch after another without stopping. Canelo gets tired very quickly when he’s attacked in an all-out style, and unless he’s able to get GGG to back off, he struggled and starts flailing with his shots. The power disappears from Canelo’s punches when he’s attacked in a sustained manner like we saw at times from Golovkin. Canelo didn’t have to deal with many sustained attacks from Golovkin last Saturday. Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) kept backing up, and letting Canelo rest and fight at the slow pace that he needed to for him to fight well. The type of fighter that would have been a nightmare for Canelo would have been Aaron Pryor, who was known for his unrelenting style of attacking his opponents with a two-fisted style. Pryor would wear his opponents down by throwing punches for an entire three minute round in each round. That type of fighter would wear Canelo down and stop him. It might be too late in the game for Golovkin o learn a new style of fighting, but this he must do if he wants to beat Canelo in the third fight. If Golovkin continues to fight the way he does now, his fights with Canelo will always go to the scorecards, and he’ll likely continue to lose decisions. Beating Canelo by a decision in Las Vegas may prove to be impossible for GGG or any fighter. Golovkin needs to study Pryor’s old fights and learn how to fight that way for him to wear Canelo down and stop him.