After the dust settles from the highly-touted Mayweather-McGregor spectacle a few weeks back, the boxing world now turns its attention to what is being billed as the megafight of the year as The Ring Middleweight titlist Saul Canelo Alvarez challenges undefeated linear champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on September 16th (September 17th in the Philippines) for a unification bout to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Alvarez, who has only suffered one loss in his legendary boxing career (at the hands of Mayweather in the junior middleweight class in 2013), is looking to add the iconic Kazakh to his list of recent redemption conquests. Alvarez has successfully bounced back from that lone setback by steamrolling eminent pugilists such as Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan and most recently Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr. whom he clobbered in a 12-round unanimous decision just last May 6th.
Following the impressive triumph over Chavez, Alvarez immediately challenged Golovkin (who was in attendance to witness the bout and was atop the ring when Canelo boldly declared his plans) for his belts.
“Golovkin, you are next, my friend,” Alvarez announced, through an interpreter. “The fight is done. I’ve never feared anyone, since I was fifteen fighting as a professional. When I was born, fear was gone.”
Golovkin, who has dominated the 160-pound division since winning the WBO intercontinental title in 2009 against famed Brazilian John Anderson Carvalho, was amused at his future foe’s candor.
“I feel very excited. Right now is a different story. In September, it will be a different style — a big drama show,” The current holder of the WBC, WBA (Super), IBF and IBO crowns said then. “I’m ready. Right now, I think everyone is excited for September. Canelo looked very good tonight, and 100 percent he is the biggest challenge of my career. Good luck to Canelo in September.”
The interesting facet of this upcoming bout is that Alvarez will be climbing to middleweight where he has rarely ventured, after having made the light middleweight category his personal playground. Also, fighting in the full 160-pound limit (no catch-weight) will allow both fighters to put on an unlimited amount of weight after the weigh-in on the eve of the fight. However, IBF rules allow only a ten-pound increase and mandates that a second weigh-in be conducted prior to the bout itself. There is still no word whether the IBF will relax on this rule since other organizations also have their championships on the line.
Golovkin has amassed an astounding 37-0 record with 33 wins coming by way of stoppage. However, he is coming off his first unanimous decision win in nearly a decade when he staked all his belts against American challenger (and erstwhile WBA champion) Daniel Jacobs, dealing his opponent only his second professional loss.
Many are viewing this as a collision course of epic proportions, although “GGG” is still heavily favored as he will be fighting in his native weight class. But many believe that the 27-year-old Mexican is tailor made to offset the heavy hitting style of Golovkin; he is speedy, crafty and knows how to time his counterpunches very well.
Golovkin is the anointed “pound for pound” on many lists and while both have not been talking it up much mere days leading up to the Main Event, the Kazhak’s supporters would want nothing more than to silence the Guadalajara native atop the squaring circle to leave no doubt who the undisputed middleweight king really is.
In the undercards, Claudio Marrero of the Dominican Republic puts his WBA featherweight title on the line when he takes on Puerto Rican contender Jesus Rojas—also for the vacant IBO world 126-pound belt. Diego de la Hoya (cousin of Hall-Of-Famer Oscar) puts his immaculate slate at risk as he clashes with IBF Bantamweight titlist Randy Caballero while also undefeated, reigning five-time NABF Featherweight champion Joseph Diaz of the United States goes up against late replacement Rafael Rivera in the supporting Main Event.
My prediction? GGG by KO in 10.
Supremacy: Golovkin vs. Canelo will be shown on September 17 at 1:00PM on TV5.