Brought together middleweight best on the planet Gennady Golovkin has formally opened preparing camp.
Golovkin has come back to coach Abel Sanchez's Summit Gym high in the mountains of Big Bear Lake, California, to get ready for his long awaited confrontation with previous champion Canelo Alvarez, whom he squares off with in the headliner of a HBO PPV card (9 p.m. ET) on Sept. 16 – Mexican Independence Day end of the week – at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
"Abel has new thoughts for this battle – energizing thoughts – and I should be my best to perform in the ring," Golovkin said. "I couldn't care less about pound-for-pound recognition. This is genuine. This is tied in with being the champion of the world."
Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) is going for his nineteenth back to back barrier – one short of tying Bernard Hopkins' untouched middleweight division record for most resistances – when he confronts the Mexican star Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in one of the greatest battles of the year.
Golovkin had his 23-battle knockout streak snapped in a consistent choice win against Daniel Jacobs on March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. At that point, on May 6, Alvarez traveled to an astonishing shutout ruling against kinsman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a super middleweight battle, likewise at T-Mobile Arena. After that session, Golovkin joined Alvarez in the ring to report their battle.
"I've been holding up 20 years to be in a battle this way," Golovkin said. “Canelo is an unexpected person in comparison to anybody I have ever confronted. He is a tremendous warrior and an awesome champion. On Sept. 16, we will both put on an awesome boxing appear."
Sanchez, who has prepared Golovkin all through his seven-year world title rule, has never had reason for concern with regards to GGG touching base at camp in great condition, and this preparation camp he said was the same.
"I was extremely content with the principal week Gennady spent in camp for essential molding," Sanchez said. "The most troublesome thing to do with Gennady is to keep him down. Beginning gradually is simply not in his vocabulary. Gennady has needed this battle for so long.
"I would already be able to advise he will haul out all stops in this preparation camp to be getting it done on Sept. 16. This is war."