LAS VEGAS (AP) — Not even a baby could interfere with Gennady Golovkin’s training for his middleweight showdown with Canelo Alvarez.
Golovkin was getting ready to put the final touches on his training camp last week in the Southern California mountains when word came from Los Angeles that his wife was going into labor with their second child. Trainer Abel Sanchez urged him to go to the hospital, but Golovkin wasn’t about to interrupt preparations for what could be the defining fight of his career.
“He said, ‘Coach, the baby is going to come whether I’m there or not. I have to train,” Sanchez said.
The baby did come as Golovkin was wrapping up his training session Friday in Big Bear. He was able to be with his wife and newborn daughter the next day, though he declined to answer questions Wednesday about the birth.
“Please, do not ask about my family,” Golovkin said Wednesday. “Just boxing questions.”
There were plenty of boxing questions to keep Triple G occupied as he met with a contingent of media to talk about a fight that many in boxing are already comparing to the great middleweight clashes of the past. The former Olympic silver medalist from Kazakhstan and Mexico’s biggest boxing star meet Saturday night in a 160-pound battle that has been years in the making.
For Golovkin the fight is a chance to finally break out as a superstar outside the core of boxing fans who believe he is that already in the ring. But it’s also shaping up as the toughest fight of his career, one that leaves no room for distractions, baby or not.
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