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Gennadiy Golovkin puts his faith in Johnathon Banks ahead of third fight against Canelo Alvarez

Gennadiy Golovkin (left) and trainer Johnathon Banks. Photo credit: DAZN/ GGG Promotions

Gennadiy Golovkin 41-1-1 (37) says he has absolute faith in his trainer Johnathon Banks ahead of his trilogy bout against undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 57-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

Golovkin replaced longtime trainer Abel Sanchez with Banks following his loss to Alvarez in their rematch four years ago.

Former professional cruiserweight and heavyweight Banks trained under the tutelage of the late, great Emanuel Steward at Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym.

“Johnathon has added the traditions of the Kronk Gym to my training,” WBA and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin said. “He has opened a different world to me. Johnathon has not changed my style of fighting but has added weapons to my arsenal.

“I had the honour of knowing Emanuel Steward. Johnathon brought his memorable experience of Kronk to me. It has been my privilege for Johnathon to share that with me. With Johnathon behind me, it does not matter who is in front of me. I trust him completely.”

Banks added: “This is our fifth fight together. We have been building on what Gennadiy has learned while incorporating what made him so special as an amateur, working on the basics — timing, rhythm, and speed. In boxing, to remain at the elite level, you either evolve or die. He’s not depending solely on power punching.

“I still remember sitting with Emanuel Steward at amateur tournaments and both of us marveling at Gennadiy’s all-round abilities inside the ring. He was an extraordinary power-punching boxer. He could do anything he wanted.

“Even at 40, he still approaches training like he’s a young and hungry top-rated contender. He is all smiles and always the first one in the gym. He really enjoys training and it shows in his work ethic and the results. He is a fast study and an eager student. He has an incredible thirst to learn new things. Gennadiy is an athlete’s athlete.

“And while 40 may be the new 30, thanks to the science of nutrition and strength and conditioning, come Saturday night, 40 may also be the new world super middleweight champion.”

In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, Banks said both Golovkin and Alvarez have evoled as boxers since their first two encounters in 2017 and 2018 that ended in a draw and a decision victory for Alvarez respectively.

“I didn’t have to do much studying because I’ve seen them so many times… nobody really studies Triple-G because they’ve seen him so many times over the years,” Banks told the Los Angeles Times.

“You learn ways on how to fight him, so for me, I don’t have to look at his first two fights and see what we can do here or there.

“I think both fighters fight extremely different today than they did the first two times, they are really different. Canelo established himself in boxing from those two fights, as a mega puncher. He was not known as a puncher, nor as a fighter who moves up or down divisions, but now he’s a fighter who moves up and is now bigger, like a heavyweight.

“I think the media gives too much attention to [Golovkin’s] age. Some people feel that as soon as you reach a certain age, you have to retire. Some fighters can perform into old age and some can’t. Golovkin still looks great.”