The fight of the year for the middleweight championship looms this weekend. Golden Gloves rounded up some of the country’s top fight fundis to get their picks.
‘I think Canelo will win. He is a better boxer than GGG … his IQ inside the ring is excellent and in fights like this mostly the boxer wins so I will go Canelo as he’s a better boxer than GGG.’ – IBO welterweight champion Thulane Mbenge.
‘I’m going with Canelo, on points again. He wins the first rounds too easy and will be better conditioned for the stretch. Also, I think GGG’s emotion might get to him.’ – ABU super-middleweight champion Ryno Liebenberg.
‘GGG will bring his A-game. He doesn’t have many fights left, but his work rate will get him a points win. Canelo takes a great shot and is a good boxer. I hope they don’t rob GGG in Vegas.’ – Brian Mitchell, Hall of Fame inductee and former multiple world champion.
‘Tough one, but if I have to give to someone, that would be Canelo.’ – IBO minimumweight champion Simpiwe Konkco.
‘Canelo is going to take this on points and possibly a late stoppage. I’m not a trainer, but, having been around for so long, a promoter starts seeing things which maybe the camp and the press is blind to.’ – Golden Gloves CEO Rodney Berman.
‘GGG. He is at his peak right now. It’s a make-or-break fight in the highest of leagues. The best of him will come out in the rematch. On ability both him and Canelo are super-status. GGG is granite and seldom takes a back step. He will perform much better in the rematch.’ – African Ring promoter Jeff Ellis
‘Golovkin will win. He is under no pressure, although defeat could be detrimental in that it may call for the end of his illustrious career. He knows exactly which buttons to press against Canelo. Golovkin is well aware of the people he is dealing with and he will make sure that he does it his way rather than pinning his hopes on the judges. Pressure is definitely on Canelo and it can just be too much and mislead him to following his heart instead of using his head.’ – Prominent boxing writer Bongani Magasela.