‘GGG will knock out Alvarez’

Gennady Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez can't wait for his man to get in the ring with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in 2016.

Golovkin, the WBA and IBF middleweight champion, is also the mandatory challenger to Alvarez's belt as a result of holding the WBC intern world title, and the World Boxing Council is allowing the pair to take interim fights in the first half of next year.

Should both fighters come through those tests they would be required to negotiate a bout later in 2016 or lose their WBC titles.

Sanchez can only see the match-up going one way, and doesn't see Alvarez lasting much longer than most of the fearsome Golovkin's opponents to date.

"Okay, I understand they [Alvarez's team] want to (build up) the fight. Mayweather-Pacquiao was worth $30m five years ago and now it costs hundreds of millions," Sanchez said.

"That part is fine, but athletically I'm positive that Canelo won't last nine rounds with Golovkin – whether it happens in May, September 2016 or 2020.

"This fight is very interesting. There is no doubt that Canelo is popular, but Golovkin has frown very much and when they fight it's going to be very interesting."

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