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Published: 23:45 | 13/9/18

Canelo v GGG 2: Golovkin trainer slams Alvarez


Gennady Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez says Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's positive drugs test in April was "an insult to the sport".

GGG takes on Canelo at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, in a rematch of September's controversial middleweight title fight draw in Las Vegas.

The original rematch was due to take place in May, but was postponed after Canelo was banned for six months in April for failing two drugs test earlier in the year.

The Mexican blamed his positive test for clenbuterol, an asthma medication that can help burn fat and build muscle, on eating contaminated meat.

"He did some things that were insulting, insulting not only to the sport, to the fans," Sanchez told TMZ Sports ahead of Saturday's fight, which will be live and free for all eir sport subscribers on eir sport 1 on Saturday, 15 September [coverage starts at 11.30pm].

"We feel that an athlete at that level has got to be more cognisant of what is allowed and not allowed and for him to make the excuse that he made I think that it's insulting."

The pair's first world in Las Vegas in September ended in a controversial draw, with one judge scoring it 118-110 for Alvarez, another 115-113 for Golovkin and the third a 114-114 draw.

But Sanchez expects GGG, who has a middleweight record 87% KO rate, to return to winning ways after his perfect 38-fight record came to an end against Canelo in the first fight a year ago.

"I think that if Canelo is true to his word that I think this fight ends somewhere after the 10th, when Golovkin has dropped him once or hurt him a couple of times," he continued.

"I see Canelo wearing out because of the punishment. Golovkin is a much, much better fighter than Canelo."

The fight between Gennady Golovkin versus Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for the WBA [Super], WBC, IBO, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles will be shown exclusively live and free for all eir sport subscribers on eir sport 1 on 15 September [coverage starts at 11.30pm].

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