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Adama trainer Joseph Awinongya: GGG is just not as good as Mayweather or Ward

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Trainer Joseph Awinongya will be facing Abel Sanchez, just like his fighter, Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KO) will be facing WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO) on February 1 in Monte Carlo. 48-hours earlier, on January 28, “Lionsgate,” one of the premier movie production companies in the world, will release “Dreams”, a dramatic movie about for dreamers connected by common thread: the past. Awinongya plays one of the main characters in that movie – an ex-boxer who wants to connect with his daughter. Adama, who was also featured in the movie, wants to make his own story in the ring. talks with Awinongya about Adama’s preparations for Golovkin and of course the movie they are part of.

– There’s a movie and there’s a real fight. The most important fight of both your and Osumanu’s life. The timing of both, the fight and the movie release is straight from the…Hollywood movie.

Joseph Awinongya: It just happened that way. This is life. Nobody even thought about what will happen on February 1 in Monaco when we started filming “Dreams.” Until just couple of days ago we did not even know Lionsgate would pick it up. But yes, the timing is unreal.

– Instead of waiting for the premiere, you and Osumanu are spending time in a Chicago gym, working on the GGG enigma.

JA: It is a hard work, but we all know, that for Adama, a kid who I trained for the last four years, losing just one fight together is to approach Golovkin as just another fighter. It’s a mental thing. Fighters walking into ring against Gennady are losing their fight in the locker room. But Osumanu is different, tougher and he’s ready for him. It will be just another fight.

– It’s easier said than done.

JA: I’m not saying that this is easy. I’m saying that all the pressure will be on me as his trainer and on Osumanu’s promoters. Adama will surprise a lot of people expecting the same old Osumanu they know. Toughness and speed still will be there, but also a lot of extra. We have top sparring partners, people who hit harder than Golovkin. We plan to finish training camp with several sparring sessions with #1 WBO/IBF light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara. Osumanu will be ready, he’s already very good, but I will not start boasting about how invincible Adama is or do anything what Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, is doing every time Gennady fights.

– Sanchez is just convinced that his fighter is very, very good. And happy to talk about it.

JA: It’s more than that. If you listen to Abel, you will think that Golovkin is as good as Mayweather Jr. or Andre Ward. Maybe even better. But he’s not. Sanchez is not talking about Osumanu now, because Sanchez probably thinks that there’s nothing to talk about. In the end whatever we say makes no difference, because it will be Golovkin vs. Adama, not Sanchez vs. Awinongya. But I also understand Golovkin’s work ethics. We all in the camp know that GGG will be 100 percent ready, that he does not care about the hype or lack of it. Same with Osumanu. People just don’t know what he can do. It will change in Monte Carlo.

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