Baby’s birth doesn’t stop Golovkin train­ing for big fight

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

LAS VE­GAS (AP) — Not even a baby could in­ter­fere with Gen­nady Golovkin’s train­ing for his mid­dleweight show­down with Canelo Al­varez.

Golovkin was get­ting ready to put the fi­nal touches on his train­ing camp last week in the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia moun­tains when word came from Los An­ge­les that his wife was go­ing into la­bor with their sec­ond child. Trainer Abel Sanchez urged him to go to the hos­pi­tal, but Golovkin wasn’t about to in­ter­rupt prepa­ra­tions for what could be the defin­ing fight of his ca­reer.

“He said, ‘Coach, the baby is go­ing to come whether I’m there or not. I have to train,” Sanchez said.

The baby did come as Golovkin was wrap­ping up his train­ing ses­sion Fri­day in Big Bear. He was able to be with his wife and new­born daugh­ter the next day, though he de­clined to an­swer ques­tions Wed­nes­day about the birth.

“Please, do not ask about my fam­ily,” Golovkin said Wed­nes­day. “Just box­ing ques­tions.”

There were plenty of box­ing ques­tions to keep Triple G oc­cu­pied as he met with a con­tin­gent of me­dia to talk about a fight that many in box­ing are al­ready com­par­ing to the great mid­dleweight clashes of the past. The for­mer Olympic sil­ver medal­ist from Kaza­khstan and Mex­ico’s big­gest box­ing star meet Satur­day night in a 160pound bat­tle that has been years in the mak­ing.

For Golovkin the fight is a chance to fi­nally break out as a su­per­star out­side the core of box­ing fans who be­lieve he is that al­ready in the ring. But it’s also shap­ing up as the tough­est fight of his ca­reer, one that leaves no room for dis­trac­tions, baby or not.

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