"Supremacy" - Canelo Vs Golovkin - A real fight
Boxing : The "Supremacy" fight takes place on 16th September
Boxing is a sport where too often massive hype leads to a massive letdown. But on September 16th, fight fans get the match-up we’ve been asking for the past two years in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO) vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO). It is a fight being billed as a great match-up that will deliver a classic fight, and few expect different.
The path leading to this weekend’s event has been a long time coming.
Golovkin has had a long, polished amateur career of over 350 fights. Prior to making his United States pro debut at the age of 30, he was quietly knocking out fighter after fighter in Europe. Despite his dominance, he struggled to gain big fights as people feared the unknown fighter from Kazakhstan. So, he left his family and moved to the United States with one bag of clothes. Anyone who paid him any attention along the way knows the unique talent he possesses.
Sam Garcia, a trainer from Salinas, California, remembers the first time he saw Golovkin in the gym. "And we saw this Russian kid sparring with Alfredo Angulo, and he was just handling him. Now, remember, Angulo was a Mexican Olympian himself. He was an up-and-coming guy too. They called Angulo The Dog- and he’s going backwards?”
Known fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Sergey Kovalev, and ironically, a young Canelo, have sparred with Golovkin and by most accounts of these gym rumors, they all got manhandled. Then, after his pro debut, it was obvious to the boxing community GGG was a champion in waiting.
Canelo’s career, however, has been quite the opposite. He turned pro at the age of 15, grew through the ranks in Mexico and was an up-and-coming star by the age of 20. It’s amazing that, at just age 27, Canelo has fought a who’s who of fighters like Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and JCC Jr. His sole loss was to the brilliant Floyd Mayweather.
Here. We. Go.
This fight is going to do huge PPV numbers. It will be the biggest fight in boxing of the last decade not involving Mayweather or Pacquaio.
Boxing fans have been asking for this fight the better part of two years. Canelo, like many others, talked a big game when asked about GGG until it was time to sign on the dotted line. He couldn’t do one interview without being questioned when the fight would happen. After his Amir Khan fight in May 2016 he proclaimed "Like we say in Mexico, we don't fuck around. We don't fight for belts and stuff like that. I don't fear anyone. We don't come to play in this sport -- I don't fear anyone. Right now I will put the gloves on again and fight him."
A week later, after being mandated by the WBC to fight, Canelo vacated the belt and instead opted for a fight with the relatively unknown Liam Smith. This blatant avoidance of GGG was odd, because throughout his career Canelo took on many high risk-low reward fights to prove the doubters wrong. It was obvious that his promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions were the one’s steering him clear the whole time. Canelo is currently the biggest draw in boxing, and by far their best talent, so they couldn’t risk him in there with a killer, in the type of fight that takes years off one’s career. It wasn’t until GGG fought Daniel Jacobs this past March and looked like he had lost a step that they were willing to make the fight. But, alas- Here. We. Go.
How do they match-up?
They say styles make fights, and the style of GGG and Canelo couldn’t match-up any better for a back-and-forth, action packed, twelve rounds. Golovkin comes into this fight a slight favourite, presumably based on his track record. The numbers don’t lie. He was on a 23-fight KO streak until this past March against Daniel Jacobs. And in almost 400 fights between his amateur and pro career, he’s never been knocked down. He holds advantages in power and his chin.
At 27, Canelo enters as the younger, more athletic fighter who holds advantages in hand and foot speed over the 35-year-old Golovkin. His excellent timing and sharp counterpunching are going to be essential to keep Golovkin’s aggression at bay. Fight after fight Canelo has improved and is coming into this matchup at his absolute peak. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards.
This fight is universally recognised as a potential all-time great. If you were disappointed with the dud of Mayweather-Pacquaio in 2015, or shelled out money for the massive event of Mayweather-McGregor, do not hesitate for this one. This is going to be a classic.