The big fight is almost here. Not the glorified sparring session we saw last Saturday. It is a real show down against two of the best in boxing today. Gennady Golovkin and Saul (Canelo) Alvarez are both in their prime and have a combined 86-1-1 record with 67 knock outs. It doesn’t get too much better than that, and it’s on Mexican Independence day at that.
Gennady G. Golovkin, the 35 year old bomber from Kazakhstan had a 345-5 amateur record and is 37-0 with 33 knockouts as a professional. He is the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and WBO Middleweight Champion of the World. His record includes a string of 23 consecutive knock-outs. He has defended the Middleweight title 18 times, just two behind the record set by Bernard Hopkins.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is 27 years old, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and has a 49-1-1 record with 34 knockouts as a professional. Like most Mexican boxers he had very little amateur experience which is understandable since he turned pro at the age of 15. Canelo has also won multiple titles, is the “Ring” Middleweight Champion, is the new Golden Boy and a boxing hero in Mexico and with Hispanics. Canelo is a boxer-puncher and natural counter puncher and is at his best when his opponent is coming at him – which GGG will do.
Both fighters have excellent resumes, Golovkin has fought and beaten; Daniel Jacobs, Kell Brook, David Lemieux, Willie Monroe Jr., Curtis Stevens, Gabriel Rosado, Martin Murray, Daniel Geale and Matthew Macklin. Canelo’s only loss was to Floyd Mayweather Jr. four years ago, and has beaten among others; Julio Ceaesar Chavez Jr., Liam Smith, Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Shane Mosley, Carlos Baldomir and Josesito Lopez. Surprisingly they do not have any common opponents. Both have excellent cornermen.
The fight will be in Las Vegas, on Saturday 16 September, at the T-Mobile arena and has a good card including Jojo Diaz (24-0) vs. Jorge Lara (29-0-2), Lightweights and Randy Caballero (24-0) vs. Diego De La Hoya (19-0) Bantamweights. Two good fights between young undefeated fighters. Diego by the way is Oscar De La Hoya’s cousin.
The card is being promoted jointly by Golden Boy Productions and K2 Promotions, the Klitschko Brothers promotion company and will be on HBO PPV. This is a 50-50 fight for most people. I like Golovkin because I think he has more power and is a better boxer than given credit for. You don’t knock out 23 consecutive opponents on power alone. Also Golovkin has been fighting his entire career at middleweight, while this will be only the second time Canelo comes into the ring at 160 or more. My final thought is that Canelo has been moved carefully, in order to make him look good and build his confidence. He also usually fights smaller men or as in the case of the Chavez fight, had his opponent come down in weight to meet him at a catchweight (164). Like I said, I like Golovkin in this one. We’ll see. It should be a Classic, with the pressure fighter against the counter puncher. Enjoy the fight.
Written by: Al Iannacone Sr.