Photos: Ed Mulholland
By Kieran Mulvaney
Both sides had said what they needed or wanted to say, said Gennady Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez at Wednesday’s final press conference before Saturday’s middleweight championship bout between Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez (HBO PPV, 8PM ET/5PM PT). There was, he continued, no more need for claims and counter-claims. And when Golovkin and Alvarez took to the podium shortly afterward, they echoed Sanchez’s approach.
“I don’t want to talk too much,” said Golovkin. “I really respect Canelo’s team, and this is the biggest day for us,” he continued, before correcting himself. “Not for us, for boxing. September 16 at T-Mobile Arena is a huge, historic fight.”
“You know me. I don’t like to say a lot,” added Canelo. “I know what it’s going to be. It’s going to be a tough fight, I know that. And that’s what I’m ready for. I just want you all to enjoy it, like I’m going to enjoy it. I’ll see you all on Saturday night.”
Sanchez is right. The time for talking is over. The time for action is ahead.
The middleweight championship of the world – the biggest fight in boxing – is just three days away.