Tony Bellew backs Canelo Alvarez to out-box Gennady Golovkin as middleweights prepare for war

Tony Bellew believes Canelo Alvarez can out-box Gennady Golovkin – if he can handle the Kazakh’s power.

The two middleweights collide in Las Vegas on Saturday to determine who rules the roost at 160lb.

And former cruiserweight world champion Bellew believes the outcome hinges on the undefeated ‘Triple G’.

“I can make a case for both guys but if Canelo can take Golovkin’s power then I think he’ll win,” he said.

“I just think he’s the best counter-puncer in boxing. He looked in phenomenal shape last week and he’s gained so much muscle mass.

“He’s a phenomenal fighter but so is Golovkin. People label him as a puncher but he’s so much more than that. This is a guy who won many international tournaments around the world as an amateur.

Golovkin’s last win was against Danny Jacobs

“He cuts the ring off excellently; he can box and he can counter-punch. He is a bit slower than Canelo and his defence is not up to scratch in my opinion.

“If you gave me £100, I would £80 on Canelo to win on points and £20 on Golovkin to win in the first six rounds.

“Once it goes beyond that, we will know that Canelo can take the power, and if he can, he wins. I don’t see how Golovkin can out-box Canelo.”

The winner will be the best middleweight in the world

Bellew, speaking to celebrate the launch of Papa John’s new Deep Crust pizza, added: “It’s not the one-punch power of Golovkin that does the damage, it’s the accuracy over time.

“It’s an intriguing fight and I can’t wait to see how it goes on the night. I think it will be a chess match early doors before it escalates into a barnstormer.”

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