CANELO ALVAREZ has been pouring over footage of his first fight with Gennady Golovkin. He’s watched the 12 rounds they shared last year 10 times. In the past a young Canelo has sparred Golovkin too. In short he knows the Kazakh well and, he promises, he knows how to beat him.
“The first fight gave me the guidelines to know what to do in the second fight, to know what to do differently. In the first fight I realised a lot of things. I learned that I can knock him out. I learned that I can hurt him. There are a lot of things I learned in that fight,” Alvarez said.
He has identified precisely what he needs to do. “If there was an error, it was that I defended punches and I didn’t take advantage to counter that. I have to add that to this game plan. Every chance I get to hit him, I have to hit it. Every time I slip or dodge a punch, I have to come back,” he revealed. “I know Golovkin is not an easy opponent, and I know what I have to add to my strategy.”