Canelo hits ‘like a baseball bat’ and Golovkin is a ‘throwback fighter with mad power’: What previous opponents including Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan and Kell Brook have said about them ahead of trilogy fight in Las Vegas

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  • Canelo and Golovkin will face each other for the third time on Saturday evening
  • He took part in his first fight and the Mexican superstar won the second fight.
  • sportsmail See what his former opponents said about him
  • Aamir Khan said being hit by Canelo was like being hit with a baseball bat
  • Floyd Mayweather talks a lot about Canelo after handing him his only loss
  • Meanwhile, Klay Brook calls Golovkin a ‘superstar’ with ‘crazy power’

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Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will face off for the third time on Saturday evening as they look to complete their iconic trilogy in dramatic fashion.

The two pound-for-pound stars have shared the ring twice before – both feuds ended in highly controversial fashion.

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Therefore, they would like to end their feud forever when they square off in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.

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As a result, sportsmail Take a look at what each fighter’s former opponents have said about them.

From Aamir Khan to Floyd Mayweather… Here are the thoughts of Alvarez and Golovkin’s past rivals, as well as some boxing experts.

sportsmail Take a look at what former opponents Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin had to say about them ahead of their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Canelo

Aamir Khan had earlier admitted that being hit by Canelo was like being hit with a baseball bat. However, he expressed his concern over the Mexican’s gloves – claiming that they may have been the reason behind his powerful punches.

In a fight for the WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas, Khan was knocked out in the sixth round by the all-time Mexican great back in 2016.

He was ruthlessly floored with his right hand, but he has since revealed that Canelo’s glove, the Everlast MX, was a contributing factor, whereas he could not wear the same glove because his hands were too brittle.

‘Every glove is different. When I fought Canelo, he had the Everlast Horsehair gloves on. ‘When I put my hand in, it was like pushing against the wall, but you’re going to damage your hand too.

Aamir Khan admits being hit by Canelo was like being hit with a baseball bat

Aamir Khan admits being hit by Canelo was like being hit with a baseball bat

‘ They were sure. It was like being hit with a baseball bat. With foam padding, the shape is always the same. As with horse hair, it fades more towards the back of the arm.

‘So this way, your knuckles are more visible. Without padding in the way, it’s going to put more pressure on your knuckles. So you will be hit with bare hands.

‘I could never do it because my hands are not strong enough to do it. If I had fought like this, I would have broken my hand. Some fighters have hands where they can punch the wall and not break their hands.’

However, others have denied such claims, saying that Canelo’s success is dependent on his technology. Juan Manuel Marquez, who rose to fame after defeating Manny Pacquiao, said Canelo’s Mexican style was the secret to his success.

‘Canelo showed how he could beat her, it’s Mexican style; The Mexican style is about fighting low-field intelligence and throwing punches, throwing combinations and that’s what Canelo does very well,’ said Marquez.

Mayweather talks a lot about Canelo after handing his only loss to 32-year-old

Mayweather talks a lot about Canelo after handing his only loss to 32-year-old

He continued: ‘Canelo felt that in this third fight he would be in the middle of him, in front of him, he would shake his back, he would counterattack, hit soft areas and I think the fight was over by knockout, In round eight or nine, if I’m not mistaken.

Others have praised his character for Canelo’s rise to stardom. Floyd Mayweather spoke highly of Canelo after handing the 32-year-old the only loss of his career.

Mayweather said: ‘I want to applaud this young, strong champion as he will carry the torch. Experience played a major role. Canelo has everything that is needed to become a legend in the sport… I take my hat off to Canelo, he is a true champion. A true champion can take damage and make a comeback.

‘Canelo does everything well, he goes well into the body, he’s got a good jab, he’s a good counter-puncher.’

Anthony Joshua also praised Canelo for his resilience after watching him fight against Rocky Fielding. He added: ‘I rate Canelo. Ever since he battled Mayweather, he’s feigned defeat, applauded the kind of defeat he felt, and bounced back.

‘He’s been improving ever since. So was watching him live, seeing how he was setting up his body shots. I enjoyed it.’

Anthony Joshua also praised Canelo for his resilience after watching Rocky Fielding fight

Anthony Joshua also praised Canelo for his resilience after watching Rocky Fielding fight

golovkin

Golovkin’s power has been praised even by his former opponents. Sergio Mora is adamant that Golovkin still has the ability to outdo his rivals Despite being 40 years old. He also praised Golovkin’s ability to ‘take the big punch’.

Speaking to BoxingScene, Mora said: ‘Golovkin is still a monster and has only technically lost to Canelo. Many people think that he hasn’t even lost it. You can’t just say, ‘Well, he’s 40.’ Scratch him

Golovkin is one of those guys who still has the power, can still hit a big punch, lives a clean lifestyle, and is racking up some impressive victories. So that speed is going in his direction.

Klay Brooke (right) – who jumped two full divisions from 147lbs to 160lbs to fight against Golovkin – described the 40-year-old as a 'superstar' with 'crazy strength.

Klay Brooke (right) – who jumped two full divisions from 147lbs to 160lbs to fight against Golovkin – described the 40-year-old as a ‘superstar’ with ‘crazy strength.

Kel Brook – who jumped two full divisions from 147lbs to 160lbs to fight against Golovkin – described the 40-year-old as a ‘superstar’ with ‘crazy strength.

talking to talkSPORT, Brooke said: ‘I was looking at the stars at times. It was wonderful to be there with such a superstar and feel the power and the weight.

‘He’s a throwback fighter, Golovkin, everybody knows who knows boxing. He’s a real tough guy. Fighting him with all those belts in the O2 Arena was a great experience. The atmosphere was epic.

‘I could really feel the roar from the fans when I exchanged a few shots with him. I could feel it there.’ He continued: ‘It was the hardest punch ever, [Golovkin has] Crazy power.’

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