Canelo Alvarez will stop Gennadiy Golovkin in the fight’s middle rounds. That’s the verdict of Bernard Hopkins, the former middleweight and light-heavyweight ruler, who expects Canelo to make an emphatic statement next month.
Canelo meets ‘GGG’ for the third time on Sept. 17. Though the first two contests were close, Hopkins expects a routine night for the Mexican icon.
In 2017, many believed that Golovkin had done enough to defeat his great rival as he produced a stunning display before the bout was announced as a draw. Canelo improved to take a tighter verdict the following year, but Hopkins, a two-weight world champion and Hall of Famer, is tipping Canelo to get the job done in style.
“It’s going to be interesting to see two guys that are a few years older and not as young as they were,” said Hopkins when speaking to Little Giant Boxing. “I think there’s going to be more blows coming from both sides. I’m picking Canelo by stoppage by the sixth or seventh round.
“I’m predicting Canelo will find his groove and then get a stoppage in the sixth or seventh round. It looks like it will be a beat down. I think it’ll be a liver shot, and that’s going to happen in the first four rounds. Canelo is a better shot type of guy that wears you down, and then the head will be exposed to do what he wants to do, but that’s where it’ll start from. It’ll start from the bottom in bringing the head down. It will be a stoppage, but it’ll start from the body."