Former two division champion Timothy Bradley is expecting Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez to do a real job on Gennadiy Golovkin when they collide in the ring.
Bradley was not impressed with Golovkin's victory from Saturday night in Japan, where he stopped Ryota Murata in the ninth round to unify the IBF, IBO, WBA middleweight titles.
Golovkin is slated to move up to the super middleweight division to challenge Canelo for the undisputed championship.
They met on two prior occasions - with a controversial twelve round split draw in 2017 and Canelo winning a close majority decision in the 2018 rematch.
Against Murata, the now 40-year-old Golovkin took a lot of punishment in the early rounds and ate big punches through the bout until he finally wore Murata out and put him away.
Bradley does not see a close contest in the trilogy fight.
"He’s going to mop up Golovkin. I thought Golovkin looked terrible at the beginning and then closed strong at the end, which is good. It showed that he has great conditioning. He’s still able to fight. He still has some power, yeah. Punch placement, and I saw some good lateral movement from him. But Canelo is on another level, man, for Golovkin," Bradley told Fighthype.com.
"[Going to 168], that’s going to slow [Golovkin] down, I think that’s honestly going to slow him down. It’s a different animal [with Canelo]. It’s [Golovkin's] first fight at 168 pounds. Canelo has fought at that weight and 175. Come on, dog. So, I see [Canelo] beating him and stopping him late. You saw it early on in his fight against Murata, Murata was going down to the body and pushing him back. That’s what Canelo is going to do. He’s going to press forward [against Golovkin].
"He’s a little more slippier than, a lot more slippier than Murata and he’s going to be landing his kill shots over the top, right hands, left hooks, whatever. He’s going to set him up. I think conditioning-wise, Canelo is at his peak right now, he’s fighting at his peak. I see him stopping [Golovkin], bro, and if he doesn’t stop him, he’s going to hurt him really badly in the later rounds for sure."