LAS VEGAS, Nevada, September 13, 2017 – Lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) had their final say on the record prior to their showdown in the ring in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 16 aired live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.
To call the appearance Wednesday at the MGM Grand Hotel’s David Copperfield Theater would be some boxing sleight-of-hand. The fighters and their teams have been plenty accessible, but there were no questions from the floor and the event didn’t deviate from the script to date. Both camps are respectful and everyone looks forward to a successful event.
See our gallery of photos from the event, and read what the key players had to say.
“I don’t like to talk too much,” said Canelo Alvarez, perhaps an understatement at this point of the build-up to Saturday. “I just want to say that I’m prepared. I know it will be a tough fight. I just want you all to enjoy it like I’m going to enjoy it … The excitement is there. The adrenaline is there. I have nothing to say to him. They know what kind of fighter I am. I’m prepared. I’m ready. All I want to tell him is look, let’s give the fans a great fight.”
Gennady Golovkin thanked the promoters, sponsors, and HBO. He agreed with Alvarez he didn’t want to talk much either. “I am ready. I respect Canelo’s team. This is a big day not only for us, but for boxing and this era. This will be a huge historic fight at T-Mobile Arena. I feel comfortable. I see that Canelo is ready. He is ready for serious business, a serious fight. This fight will be the biggest gift to the people.”
Alvarez’s head trainer Eddy Reynoso, agreed everything has been said. “We’ve had a great preparation, more than 14 years to prepare for this type of fight. We’ve had a great camp, no injuries, everything went well, and more importantly we are ready to win come Saturday night,” said Reynoso.
The senior member of the Reynosos training team, Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, made the most pointed remarks of the afternoon, directed at Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. “I want to close with a dedication to my friend Abel Sanchez. He says Triple G has a Mexican style. But I tell Abel that not only does Canelo have a Mexican style and a Mexican heart, but he IS Mexican!”
Sanchez said for his part, “All the talking and the boasting on both sides is done. We’ve had a great training camp and sparring. Golovkin is at 100 percent. We are looking forward to a great fight, a dramatic, explosive fight. These guys have the styles that will make for a fight that we will all remember.”
As often happens, it was former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, now a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, who put the fight into its proper context.
“I thought about this fight when I got here yesterday,” said Hopkins. “The fight that really stands out to me in comparison to Canelo-Golovkin, with the danger in the first couple of rounds, is Marvin Hagler and John Mugabi. One thing, however, is that history doesn’t always repeat itself. Thank you to Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin for respecting the division that made me.”
Will this be a fight fans will talk about 20 or 30 years from now, like Hagler vs. Hearns, or Hopkins vs. Trinidad? It’s got all the ingredients: not merely two talented boxers, but driven champions who are fighting for national pride, for top pound-for-pound status, and for the sport of boxing itself. As Golden Boy Promotions chairman Oscar De La Hoya said, “This event needs no hype whatsoever … It’s going to be a great fight because of what is at stake: pride and fighting for your country and boxing fans. This is a fight for the sport of boxing, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Nevada Athletic State Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett announced the selection of the officials for the fight. Kenny Bayless will referee the fight. The judges will be Dave Moretti, Adalaide Byrd and Don Trella.
REMINDER: The HBO PPV broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m PT, an hour earlier than customary. East Coast fans (and more than a few West Coast fans) won’t have to hit the energy drinks to make it to the main event.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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