Golovkin ready to hit the jack­pot in Ve­gas

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT - Greg Heakes

GEN­NADY Golovkin is un­daunted by the chal­lenge of fight­ing for the first time in LasVe­gas and says de­fend­ing his ti­tles against Canelo Al­varez will be like go­ing on a date with a “new girl­friend”.

Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), who holds the World Box­ing Coun­cil, World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion mid­dleweight belts, will face Mex­ico’s big­gest box­ing star Al­varez in a mega ti­tle fight on Satur­day at the T-Mo­bile Arena.

“It is like you are go­ing with your new girl­friend, Oh yeah,” said the 35-year-old from Kaza­khstan, de­scrib­ing his ex­cite­ment for the bat­tle for mid­dleweight supremacy.

Golovkin said at a news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day at the MGM Grand Ho­tel and Casino that he will be ready for any­thing Al­varez throws at him.

“I bring my belts, all my belts. I feel like a cham­pion. This is my game, my fight, I am boss.”

Golovkin has waited a long time to get his first fight on box­ing’s big­gest stage in the United States. He has fought in 22 cities and seven dif­fer­ent coun­tries but never in Sin City.

“The big­gest day is com­ing. This is a true fight, there is a lot of money com­ing,” Golovkin said.

Al­varez, who has only lost once in 51 fights (49-1-1), said he trained 10 weeks for this bout.

“I just want to say I am pre­pared. I know it is go­ing to be a tough fight,” Al­varez said at the news con­fer­ence.

Al­varez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso said their camp was a suc­cess and his fighter is in top con­di­tion.

“We had a great prepa­ra­tion, more than 14 years to pre­pare for this fight,” Reynoso said. “We had a great camp, no in­juries, ev­ery­thing went well.”

Sanchez said the two fighters’ punch­ing power will make for an ex­cit­ing con­test.

“We look for a dra­matic fight, an ex­plo­sive fight,” Sanchez said. “These two guys have the styles that are go­ing to give us a fight we will re­mem­ber for a long time.

“It is very spe­cial. This is where all the big fights hap­pen. This is his­tory and if the fight is as good as we think it is go­ing to be then it will be re­mem­bered like the Ha­gler-Leonard fight.”

Sanchez says Golovkin lost some of his pop­u­lar­ity af­ter his last fight in March be­cause he had to go the dis­tance to beat Daniel Ja­cobs.

ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Canelo Al­varez (left) and Gen­nady Golovkin pose at MGM Grand Ho­tel & Casino on Tues­day in Las Ve­gas.

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