By Barry Holbrook: Ryan Garcia is predicting easy wins for Canelo Alvarez over Billy Joe Saunders and Gennadiy Golovkin when/if those two fights take place in 2020. Those fights for Canelo still remain uncertain given the coronavirus pandemic.
Lightweight contender Garcia, who trains out of the same gym as Canelo with Eddy Reynoso, is basing his opinion on Canelo willing with ease on the last performances from Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) and Golovkin (40-1-1, 36 KOs). They both struggled to defeat their respective opponents in 2019 and were lucky to win.
GGG and Canelo have an agreement to fight in September, according to Mike Coppinger. The two plan to fight once before meeting in their trilogy bout. For Alvarez, WBO super middleweight champion Saunders is his practice level fight, whereas, for Triple G, he’s chosen to defend his IBF middleweight title against his mandatory Kamil Szeremeta.
The mandatory wasn’t due for GGG, but he wants to take the fight anyway. Golovkin’s recent fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko was one of the most difficult of his pro career, and he narrowly won by a 12 round decision. Boxing fans would like to see Golovkin give Derevyanchenko a rematch, but he’s decided to go in the direction of Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs).
GGG almost lost to Derevyanchenko
“Yeah, I wouldn’t see it any other way,” said Garcia to Fighthype when asked if Canelo will knockout Saunders. “Golovkin is his rival, but I feel like that last contest showed that he [Canelo] can beat his a**. I think it’s going to get even worse. GGG almost lost to some unknown guy [Sergiy] Derevyanchenko. Nah, Canelo [will defeat Golovkin].
“No one is really beating Canelo. You’ve got to be a special fighter like a Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] or a special fighter like a Manny Pacquiao to even compete. He’s one of those guys, you know? He’s going to be going down as probably the best Mexican fighter ever of all time,” said Ryan about Canelo Alvarez.
Canelo can be beaten, and we’ve seen that in his fights with Golovkin. The first fight was a clear win for Golovkin, but the judges gave Canelo a disrupted draw. In the rematch with GGG, Canelo gassed out after 6 rounds and won a questionable 12 round majority decision. Canelo can be beaten, but he’s hard to beat by a decision. Additionally, Canelo is choosing his opponents well.
Golovkin did almost lose to Derevyanchenko, and some believe he should have lost the fight. There’s no denying that the results were controversial, and it’s a bad look on Golovkin’s part for him to be walking away from that defeat without attempting to avenge the defeat. He should be fitting Derevyanchenko again rather than opting for the arguably easier job of fighting Szeremeta, who has a poor 23.81% KO percentage.
At 37, Golovkin might appear to have much more time left in his career, and he’s now being careful in the fights he takes. He’ll be turning 38 next week on April 8. It’s difficult to picture him continuing his career when his 6-fight contract with DAZN expires.
Saunders will give Canelo a tough fight
“Did you see Billy Joe’s last fight? That’s answering your question there,” said a smirking Ryan Garcia to Fighthype when asked what shot he’s giving Saunders to beat Canelo. “Canelo is my boy, but if Billy Joe brings the best Billy Joe, it’ll be a tough fight but nobody has seen what I’ve seen in sparing.
“This mother-f**** is a f**** animal,” Ryan said about Canelo. “He’s really nasty. He might, this is just his body type, but he might a little slow on the foot and whatnot, but when he hits you, you’re going to f**** feel that s***. And he knocked out a light heavyweight,” Ryan said about Canelo’s 10th round stoppage win over Sergey Kovalev. ”
“He knocked out a heavyweight in sparring. When I was sparring him, I was like, ‘Alright, bro, you got to chill. Let’s just spar. I attacked him with a few shots, and then he hit me with one, and I was, ‘Alright, I’m cool. Chill out,'” said Ryan.
Saunders is capable of out-boxing Canelo, and making him look bad if he’s in top shape. However, Saunders can’t stand in front of Canelo like he did in his last fight against Marcelo Esteban Coceres, being that he’s too quick for him.
Saunders’ best hope for defeating Canelo is to hit, move and use angles like he did against David Lemieux. With that kind of game plan, Saunders could make Canelo look bad.
We don’t know at this point if Canelo and Saunders are still fighting. There’s been no announcement for their fight and the recent problems with the Britsh fighter calls into question if the match will take place. Beyond that obstacle, the coronavirus could prevent the Canelo-Saunders match to take place this year.
Ryan talks about his amateur days
“The only one that I remember that were good were Shakur Stevenson, Devon Haney, Vergil Ortiz and a couple of other cats. Teofimo [Lopez] came later, and Brandun Lee,” said Ryan. “He was good. Now that I know what I’m doing, it’s going to be scary.
“They’re going to know when they’re the ring with me, it’s going to be scary. Everybody will see. He didn’t do anything in the amateurs. He didn’t win s***,” said Ryan about Tank. “I won 15 amateur titles, and that was from 11-years-old. I was always in the finals. And I never got beat in the first round or the second rounds.
“I lost in the finals. It was the finals or nothing. I beat Vergil Ortiz, and I beat everyone to get to the finals. And I was doing it with no technique. I had no technique at all. And I was doing it with Deontay Wilder s****. I would get to the finals and get beat by some of the technical guys because they had talent and studied the game. But now that I got a hold of it, they’re not beating me,” said Ryan.
“I dropped the first three, and we’re 1 and 1 as we’re older,” said Ryan Garcia on his five amateur fights against Devin Haney. “And I would say we’re 1-1. I wouldn’t say anyone has the edge. And I was so good, I knew how to land shots.
“That’s the thing. I’ve always had a good instinct in how to land shots,” said Garcia. “When I would go into the ring, they say I have no style, but why am I hitting you in the face.”
It’s hard to imagine Ryan Garcia defeating Vergil Ortiz Jr., who fights at welterweight.
King Ryan studying Bruce Lee
“They would never give me my credit,” Kingry Ryan complained. “But now that I’m training with Eddie, this is the first time I’ve been studying the history of boxing and the art of boxing. I’ve been studying Bruce Lee. I’m going to take this to a whole other level. My last fight was just a glimpse of it. I was like, ‘Damn, I was able to do that. Just wait until I can show people what I’ve learned.’
“When I caught Fonseca with that shot, he looked so slow. His face was in front of me for a good two seconds. My mind works at a top speed, and the Reynoso’s have taught me how to slow down. Now that I’m studying the game, I don’t think anybody is going to be able to catch up when it’s all said and done,” said Ryan.
Ryan doesn’t say what he learned from studying Bruce Lee’s fights since he was an actor and practiced martial arts. Some of the stuff that Lee used in his last film appeared to be the western boxing style that Muhammad Ali used. Ryan doesn’t fight anything like that. He’s straight up and down and focuses exclusively on hitting his opponents with his left hook.
The actor Lee fought nothing like that. He was constantly giving different looks from the things that he learned, and would never rely on just one punch to impress the movie audience.