Via Adam Baskin: Chris Algieri believes Canelo Alvarez is taking “high risks” in the face of Gennadiy Golovkin, 40, on September 17 because this is not someone he has to lose.
Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) is past his prime and he’s gaining weight to battle undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo (57-2-2.39 KOs) for his titles.
Given Golovkin’s age, recent underwhelming performances, and his soon-to-be 168 weight, Canelo has all the advantages.
This is not the Golovkin that Canelo struggled to beat in 2018, so he should dominate him without any problems.
However, Canelo was about to lose to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol at 175 last May, and his confidence took a big hit from that loss.
“It was a war that came a little late, but I think it needs to happen. It’s silly to leave money on the table for these two,” Chris Algieri told Against TV Hub about the trio match between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I said that even before the fight with Bivol because I knew that Bivol was going to beat Canelo that night, and he did. But I said even then, if he does, it doesn’t matter. The struggle [Canelo vs. Golovkin III] can still happen.
“Canelo took a risk; he gained weight and fought a young, undefeated champion [Bivol]. He lost, but he actually went back to his real weight class to fight GGG.
“The question for me is really weight. I’m curious about GGG at 168. He’s never fought at 168. So he’s coming up against Canelo for his undisputed titles. Age plus weightthat could be a lot of questions for GGG and a lot more that needs to be worked out,” Aligieri said.
Golovkin looked his age in his recent match against Ryota Murata on April 9, and he’s lucky he didn’t share the ring with a better fighter that night.
“I would agree,” Algieri said, saying that Canelo promoter Eddie Hearn predicted the match against Golovkin would be no more than 12 innings and would end in a knockout. “I think there needs to be an exclamation point on the trilogy, and yes, I can see that too.
“Both of these guys have the best chin in boxing, literally, the two of them. So we’ll see, but I can see it ending at a stop. I agree,” Algieri said when saying that fans would downplay Canelo’s win by saying, ‘He should have beaten him because GGG is old.’
“The risk is high but the reward is not low because there is a lot of money,” Algieri said of the high-risk fight for Canelo, but the reward is not low due to the huge amount of money the Mexican star will receive.
“We are prize fighters; We get paid for this stuff. I wouldn’t say low reward, but definitely high risk. He [Canelo] Algeria said.