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Birmingham Pro Boxers Give their Predictions on Canelo v GGG

The Biggest Fight of the Year

Birmingham Pro Boxers Give their Predictions on

Canelo v GGG

Now that the circus has left town with Mayweather hitting 50 - 0 by first giving McGregor a exhibition then a education in boxing and finally executing the UFC 2 Weight champion, we can finally talk about a real world class boxing match with 2 of the best fighters In the world competing. Canelo Álvarez (49-1-1) takes on Gennady Golovkin (37-0) in a unification title fight which is being billed as the Supremacy. On the line will be the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF World titles, the Ring Magazine and the vacant Lineal Middleweight championship of the world. The bout will be held on September 16, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.

Now the Birmingham Boxing Column would normally not talk about this fight as it is nothing to do with Birmingham the Black-country or the Midlands but this fight is to big not to talk about. To keep this in the Birmingham spirit the column has contacted a number of the Midlands top professional fighters and trainers and asked them two simple questions. Who will win? And Why?

The response was immense and her are the answers we have received.

Jon Pegg Eastside Manager/Trainer gave this verdict, Jon said "Golovkin will win, he's at a stage he can't afford to lose".

Tommy Owens Boxing promoter for TOPromotions who have a show on the same night at Villa Park Aston gave his verdict he told me "GGG and Alvarez, I think it's a real 50/50 fight mate got the makings of a classic, really think it will come down to who wants it most. Alvarez has the skills and GGG has the power and toughness proper classic in the making mate".

Head Pro trainer at Smoking Joe's Digbeth Shan Cogan see's it go like the he told me "I fancy Canelo to win. His got really good movement and throws lots of punches and avoids lots of punches. GGG only just won his last fight it was very close".

Paul "Soggy" Counihan Eastside trainer said "Great fight between to elite boxers.Tough fight to call but if I have to pick I will go with GGG because of a number of reasons, he punches harder, his bigger, his great amateur experience, the way he puts his opponent into traps with his faints and footwork I think gives him the edge but that's taking nothing away from Canelo who is outstanding as well".

Will Stokes promotor for Birmingham MTK told the Column "I think Alvarez wins on points.

GGG being 35 and Alvarez being 27 I think Alvarez will be that little bit too sharp and fast. Also, the fact GGG comes forward and doesn't mind taking a punch is perfect for Canelo. He has had problems with the slicker back foot boxers before and won't find trouble finding GGG. No doubt both boxers will have had long intense camps but I believe the timing now favours Canelo. 18 months/2 years ago I would have gone the other way., Alvarez Points Win".

Peter Christie pro boxing trainer said "GGG. Will win by K.O 7-8 because a good big one99% of The time will beat a good little one".

Bbcolumn's boxer of year, the Olympian Slayer Craig Cunningham had this to say "I think Alverez wins I think he is a bit more skillful but GGG carries the power great fight though, can't wait"

Former Professional boxer Terry Carruthers informed me "I'd like Alvarez to win. He's much faster but think GGG will win massive puncher".

Pro fighter Louis Fields said "My heart says Alvarez, my head says GGG.

GGG is the bigger man and such experience, he looks almost unstoppable. It really is a 50/50 fight and if Canelo is at his best he has every chance of de-throning GGG. Being the younger man and he’s looking very quick, hands and feet it could be his time to shine. Id love to see him pull it off but I don’t think GGG on points".

Kyle Williams unbeaten boxer said "Canelo to win in a points decision maybe even late stoppage, reasons for this is I feel his a more complete boxer fights well off the back foot and is quite powerful although Triple g hasn't really been badly hurt in the ring this far I think Canelo could be the guy to do it I mean Kelly Brooke landed some big shots and his no where near Canelo's skill set or power.

Another unbeaten fighter Jamie Beech Jr informed me "it's a proper 50/50 fight for me tough to pick but if my money was on anyone it'd have to be Golovkin because every time he's got in the ring he's produced the goods, wouldn't be surprised if Canelo won on a controversial points decision"

Pro boxer Brandon Wilshire reckons "GGG all day long! Naturally the bigger man. Canelo seems a musclebound welterweight. late rounds K.O for GGG".

Another unbeaten fighter the talented Ishmael Ellis told me "Canelo I’ve said this for a long time now, the hype of Mayweather, McGregor has gone onto the real fights I just think Canelo Is quicker better counter puncher has a lot more to offer as in combination punches defence to me all GGG has is power if Canelo boxes right could make it a lot easier than everybody thinks. Jacobs and Brooks i think showed that GGG is not all that people brag and say he is".

British title challenge Don Broadhurst thought it would go like this "I think GGG it's a 50:50but I just side with GGG I think after a couple of below par performances he's been wrote off he will really be up for this one and produce the goods, I can't wait".

Pro boxer Aaron Lovell had this prediction "I think GGG will win. As much as I want Alvarez to get the job done, I think GGG will be too big too strong, and sooner or later I reckon

Canelo's punches won't be as effective they've been on previous opponents and Golovkin will slowly climb on top. Also, Canelo doesn't seem to up the gears in the later rounds on occasions e.g. Against

Cotto, Chavez jr, Austin Trout. Even though he won them all in style, I don't think GGG will allow him to 'cruise control' as freely as he does and this is where I think fatigue will set in, and GGG's power will tell the difference. Resulting in, GGG late stoppage or points decision. Hopefully I'm wrong as I'm a big fan of Canelo but we'll see won't we".

Eastside's Pro boxer Marcus Ffrench gave his opinion he told the Column "I think Canelo wins he is a more skillful boxer and has a better punch variation but he has to be fit cuz GGG will keep coming forward".

Sid Bowater prediction was "Its going to be a great fight mate but I gotta go with GGG on pure power. Canelo will win most of the early rounds with his boxing skills. Been as GGG ain't got much head movement but then GGG just do what he does best and come through later on".

New arrival to the Pro game Kaisee Benjamin told me "I want GGG to win but I think Canelo will be too slick for GGG because of GGG's age I don't think either will hurt each other but I think Canelo will land more punches and take it on points but hopefully GGG catches Canelo clean and hurts him".

Pro boxer Michael Coles couldn’t split them he told me "I honestly couldn't call it.

But it will be one he'll of a fight and not going the distance".

On the come back trail pro boxer Callum Cooper had this to say "I Think it is a fantastically matched contest between 2 great fighters but if I had to pick a winner I'd say Canelo for his superior boxing skills".

Pro boxer Joshua Burke thought It would go like this "I favour GGG because of his extended amateur pedigree and his technical ability and he's more familiar at the weight".

Two and 0 Pro fighter Shakan Piitters predicted this "Canelo wins mate, GGG never faced an opponent like Canelo, he barely won over Daniel Jacobs only for his knock down. But I think GGG is talent debut very one dimensional come forward style, doesn't fight at angles like Canelo can. And as well as Canelo not having the fastest of feet movement, his upper body movement to get him out of trouble is very evasive along with his counter punching style. Wouldn't be surprised if Canelo Stops GGG".

Female Amateur boxer Kim Shanon had her own idea on the winner, she told me "I think GGG will win on points. I can't see him stopping him as he is an extremely tough fighter who I like very much. I just think GGG will use his strength to push through until the end".

Pro boxer incredible Paul Holt had this to say, he told me "It's going to be a tough one but I reckon Alvarez to win... just think he's better technically, this is a proper fight though definitely what boxing needs".

Pro fighter Chris Adaway prediction is "I think Alvarez wins on points, if it was 2 years ago I'd say GGG would of won but I just feel he's aged that little bit much and Canelo has youth on his side, can never write GGG off with his knockout power but I just feel Canelo will be to slick and ether wins on points or late stoppage".

Unbeaten pro fighter Jordan Clayton reckoned "Canelo will win, he has to much boxing ability and movement can do both punch and box where as GGG is more known for being a puncher but we will see looking forward to this one".

Andrew "Da Animal" Robinson kept it short by telling me "GGG wins he is Too big. Too powerful".


Pro fighter Tyler Denny thought the would go like this "Very hard to pick but if I had to I would probably go with Canelo as I think he has got more about him and quicker hands but GGG just a beast so hard but will have to chose Canelo".