This Saturday we will witness one of the most anticipated and talked about rematches in the history of the great sport of boxing. After many delays, a failed drug test, promotional issues, the stripping of championships, and plenty of trash talking, we will get the fight that we have been wanting to see for the nearly the last 365 days. This Saturday, Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) will face one another for a second time in Las Vegas. The build up to this fight almost seems like a professional wrestling angle.
Being at the top of the middleweight division, Alvarez -who held the Ring Magazine and Lineal championships at the time- and Golovkin -then the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO titleholder- first faced each other on September 16th, 2017 to battle for supremacy (also the title of the event) of the weight class. The match was ruled a draw by the judges which drew the ire of fans from all over the world. The judges scored the bout 114-114, 115-113 for Golovkin, and 118-110 for Alvarez. It was the latter score that many, including myself who also scored it a draw but much closer, had taken issue with. At the end of the day the fans wanted a decisive winner.
Initially the rematch had been scheduled for May 5th of this year, Cinco de Mayo. But that wound up being canceled after Alvarez had failed a drug test which led to him being stripped of his Ring Magazine championship, he also received a six month suspension. GGG still fought that day, but instead he took on Vanes Martirosyan and quickly knocked him out in the second round. Not too long after that, the IBF stripped GGG of his belt for not meeting a mandatory challenger. Then both sides engaged in a nice promotional battle while trying to reschedule the rematch.
The deal for the rematch was signed in June, but since then there’s been plenty of trash talking on both sides. Golovkin and his camp continue to claim that Alvarez is a cheater despite whatever circumstances led to his positive test. On top of that GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez says that Canelo’s punches in the first fight “felt like slaps“, while Alvarez says he is determined to knockout the undefeated Golovkin. This fight has plenty of hype, promotion, and build up, and now it’s time to settle things in the ring.
Here are five reasons why you should order this pay-per-view event for this coming Saturday…..
It’s a rematch-
Rematches only happen for three reasons; the fighters want it, the fans want it, or it’s good for the sport. In this case it’s all three. These men want a decisive winner, the fans want the same, especially fans in Mexico, and this event is sure to bring in a great deal of money. The first fight between these two drew close to $100 million when you combine both ticket sales and PPV buys.
These fighters hate each other-
Between Canelo’s failed drug test, subsequent suspension, and all of the trash talking that’s transpired since then, this will be a brutal, hard hitting fight. On top of that, the promoters don’t exactly agree either. Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is putting on the event but De La Hoya had to go through Tom Loeffler on Golovkin’s side to make the deal. Both promoters butted heads and had their disagreements while putting this fight together, so they’ll be pushing for their respective fighter to win which adds fuel to the fire.
The winner will be one step closer to becoming undisputed middleweight champion-
GGG still has the WBA, WBC, and IBO belts while Canelo is still considered to the be Lineal champion. The winner of this fight will walk away with all of that gold, plus they could also be the front runner to face the winner of October’s WBO championship fight between titleholder Billy Joe Saunders (who wants a fight with Golovkin) and Demetrius Andrade. Not to mention the fact that the IBF title is still vacant so that could come into play as well.
The undercard is also worth watching-
WBO junior middleweight champion Jamie Munguia of Mexico (30-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his title against Canadian Brandon Cook, former middleweight champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KO) -who’s already lost to Golovkin and has expressed interest in fighting Alvarez- will take on Ireland’s Gary O’Sullivan (28-2), and former WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2) gets in the ring for his first fight since losing that title to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (and the rematch) one year ago.
This could be the biggest fight of the year-
With everything that has happened leading up to this fight along with the media coverage, social media buzz, the hype, the bulid up, the promotion, and anyone who bought a ticket, the fans are in for a treat. The outcome of this fight could change the direction of this sport as a whole aside from whatever impact it has in the middleweight division. This rematch will be talked about for years to come and it will definitely make everyone’s year end list.
Get ready everybody.