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Golovkin, Alvarez don't talk trash, or much else, before fight

Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Boxing

That same perfection makes Alvarez a world-class fighter. De La Hoya hopes the 27-year-old will soon accept living with some slips of the tongue.

"You can see the qualities," De La Hoya said. "You can see the charisma. Just the way he looks, it draws you in. The fact he can fight. You have all those ingredients put together. You have a star that can only grow."

Golovkin went as far as to apologize to reporters about his language lapses Wednesday.

"Excuse me for my English," he said. "I promise I'm going to school with my son next time. I don't have time -- thanks (to Sanchez). He close my gym like a jail -- I can't move."

Golovkin said his English is "not 100 percent, but you understand me, my emotion ... .

"If you want more, bring a translator."

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