Golovkin vs Alvarez 2: Most drama between the ropes...Written by Baker Geist
In an era where pay-per-view fights are built largely around pre-fight hype, lengthy press tours and constant trash talking between the two fighters — and sometimes their trainers — the buildup to the Sept. 15 middleweight championship fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has been somewhat anti-climactic.
Don’t worry; these two are saving the excitement for the opening bell.
Given the somewhat controversial split-draw that concluded their first meeting last September, and the delay of the rematch after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol, there is plenty that each fighter wants and needs to prove in the rematch.
Alvarez and his team said that the clenbuterol found in his system was a result of inadvertently eating tainted meat, according to an April 23 article by Thomas Hauser on www.ringtv.com. There are surely many boxing fans who still roll their eyes when hearing that reasoning, and some may even attempt to discredit past achievements in Alvarez’ career as a result.
According to a July 23 ESPN article by Ramona Shelburne, Alvarez has taken responsibility for not knowing the risk of eating Mexican meat, which he believes led to his testing positive for clenbuterol. Still, his reputation has taken somewhat of a negative hit. A win, and a convincing one at that against Golovkin would not only make him a champion again, but it would also do a lot to silence his critics.
Understandably, the frustration is felt on Golovkin’s side as well. First, his clash with Alvarez last September ended in a draw — which displeased fans as well as the fighters. Secondly, the anticipated rematch was delayed, causing Golovkin to take a fight against an outmatched opponent in Vanes Martirosyan. Don’t forget, Golovkin was stripped of his IBF title for fighting Martirosyan instead of his then mandatory opponent Sergiy Derevyanchenko. His choice, yes, but he likely wouldn’t have fought either opponent had the rematch with Alvarez gone on as scheduled.
Another aspect of the rematch deals with the question of Golovkin’s power.
Alvarez was not only able to stand up to his punch, but also win many rounds against him in the first fight.
At 36, is Golovkin still capable of delivering the eye-opening power he showcased against the likes of Curtis Stevens, Daniel Geale, and Martin Murray, all of which enabled him to become a household name?
Golovkin should want to go on the offensive in the rematch and reassert the dominance for which he’s become known.
If nothing else propels Golovkin and Alvarez to take risks in this fight, it should be the strong desire to not let it go to the judges. Last September’s fight was close, but a wild scorecard that had Alvarez winning 118-110 left many with a bad taste in their mouths and in my opinion, clouded an otherwise competitive fight. Both fighters should take greater risk offensively to prevent history from repeating itself.
While the lack of notable prefight drama combined with the unusual high purchase price of more than $80 may discourage some from tuning in, there are still plenty of reasons why Golovkin versus Alvarez II is must-see TV.
Catch the Big Fight on the Big Screen
Fathom Events is showing Golovkin and Alvarez in many theaters nationwide. More details can be found by visiting, https://www.fathomevents.com/events/canelo-vs-golovkin.