DENVER (September 15, 2017) HBO PPV, tomorrow night at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, 6PM MST, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-1, 34KO’s) takes Genady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0, 33KO’s), 12 rounds for the WBC, WBA, IBO, IBF and Ring Magazine World middleweight titles with third man in the ring, referee Kenny Bayless, all ready to kick off the Mexican Independence Day weekend celebrations.
Golden Boy Promotions (Oscar de la Hoya) and K2 Promotions (Tom Loeffler) have gone back and forth, forth and back over the last 18 months trying to reach a middle ground in what may turn out to be the fight of the year or dud of the year, depending on the energy expended by ‘Canelo’ and ‘GGG’.
For fans of Saul Alvarez this fight has longer ranging implications with a major topic of discussion leading up to this fight being Alvarez and/or Oscar de la hoya appearing reluctant to tangle with the hard-punching middleweight champion from Karaganda, Kazakhstan. On numerous occasions Canelo voiced his own chomping at the bit to engage with Golovkin only to have ‘issues’, that appeared self-inflicted, get in the way. Instead Canelo and/or de la hoya chose to take on Amir Khan, Liam Smith and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. while those ‘issues’ were straightened out.
Genady Golovkin was prepared for what should have been the ‘big fight’ against Alvarez earlier but after what some considered sub-par performances against specifically Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs, his invincibility became suspect. Golovkin and trainer Abel Sanchez have been adamant there is no reason to be concerned and this fight end result will quiet all naysayers.
The buildup Golden Boy Promotions had so desired for this particular fight was somewhat derailed by the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Conor McGregor ‘spectacle’ that did millions in PPV buys. That fight announcement so enraged Oscar de la Hoya that he took to social media to lambast the ‘so-called fight’ as often as possible with little to no concerns of the entertainment salivating public. That result was to be expected but it probably did impact ticket sales, to some degree, for this Canelo vs GGG fight.
Genady Golovkin stands 5’10” while the Guadalajara, Mexico, native Saul Alvarez measures in at 5’9”. Golovkin has boxed his entire professional career at middleweight (160 pounds) while Alvarez began his rise to fame beginning in the Super lightweight division (140 pounds) and moved up as he aged and the money became more attractive. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a mere 27 years-old while Genady ‘GGG’ Golovkin is the ripe old age of 35. These two have been on a collision course for quite some time now with boxing fans and combat sports fans alike eager with anticipation. The weigh-ins now completed and both warriors coming in at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, there’s nothing left but for the action to get started and live up to the billing.
Fight analysts can make this as difficult as they like but the bottom line is this: Can Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez deal with the punching power delivered by a true middleweight for 12 rounds? Genady ‘GGG’ Golovkin has been hit on the button numerous times by true middleweights but in the end, he’s outlasted every one of them. Should Alvarez handle the power of GGG we may have another Andre Ward/Sergey Kovalev, the conditioning of GGG (like Kovalev) becoming suspect and Canelo then able to wear him down. That possibility seems unlikely but this is boxing and anything can, and sometimes does, happen.
The pressure is completely on Saul Alvarez to make good on his promise to KO the bigger, stronger and campaigning his entire professional boxing career at middleweight, Genady Golovkin, tomorrow night in Las Vegas. That’s a tall order but it’s what Alvarez has predicted and should he deliver, history could be in for another wild ride similar to that of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Look for Genady ‘GGG’ Golovkin to methodically dismantle Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and stop the young Mexican fighter in the later rounds unless ‘Canelo’ decides to engage earlier. Should that take place the fate of Alvarez will be sealed that much earlier.