Taking a cue from the WWE, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO PPV gave us a whiff of the future after tricking us into forking over 70 hard-earned dollars for a stinking pay-per-view goose turd. Canelo-Chavez Jr. was a disgrace, an abomination, the worst PPV fight in recent memory. Perhaps knowing this would be the case, Oscar De La Hoya’s crew decided to quell our rage by teasing the superfight of our dreams right after the “fight” between Alvarez and Chavez Jr. was over. Canelo vs. GGG is happening—in September. Of this year. Here’s what you need to know…
1. It’s the Biggest Fight in Boxing Right Now
Or in anything, really. Mexican ginger Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) has been the sport’s biggest pay-per-view attraction for the last two years, while undefeated Kazakh knockout artist Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has been knocking on Alvarez’s door for a big fight between handing out concussions. It’s the fight that both boxing fans and the general public want, because there’s a strong chance of blood and guts and stuff like that. And it’s been a long time coming, because…
2. Canelo May Have Been Ducking GGG
Canelo’s been The Guy for a while now, going back to Floyd’s retirement in 2015, if not earlier. For at least that long Golovkin has been the fighter to beat at middleweight, the division Canelo supposedly ruled over. But instead of fighting Golovkin, Canelo and his team chose fights with Amir Khan, Liam Smith, and Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr. GGG being the scary person he is in the ring, there was reason to believe the delay was an effort to protect Canelo from a potential major loss. In fact, negotiations had begun to make the fight in 2016, but in the end Canelo gave up the belts rather than face the Kazakh challenger.
So why now? Because…
3. GGG Isn’t as Scary as He Was Two Months Ago
There are theories that the fight’s only now being made because GGG won his last fight with Daniel Jacobs via a decision rather than another knockout, making the prospect of putting Golden Boy ring with him a little less scary.
4. There’s a Real Size Difference
There’s an argument to be made that Canelo was never a real middleweight. He came up as a welterweight, took the middleweight title from Miguel Cotto at a catchweight of 154, fought most of his title defenses at catch weights, and then officially returned to 154. Golovkin, on the other hand, is a genuine middleweight. And unlike Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., Canelo’s biggest opponent yet, he’s the real deal.
5. Both Fighters Have Crowd-Pleasing Styles
Both of these guys are okay with going toe-to-toe and grinding out a knockout win, but in recent times Canelo has sometimes chosen to box his opponent and win the decision. Golovkin has had a much harder time getting the world’s attention, and despite having an excellent amateur pedigree and a wide range of boxing skills, has made it a point to stalk his opponents and pound them into cream gravy. Given GGG’s work rate and the chip Canelo has on his shoulder regarding this fight, there’s a strong chance it’s going to be a real sizzler, or in GGG’s words, “a big drama show.”
6. Both Fighters Have Great Chins
Neither has ever hit the canvas professionally, in the amateurs, or in sparring, and it’s hard to think of a time when either was seriously hurt. Both will probably be eager to display their heart and toughness in September.
7. Both are the Best Opponent Each Other Has Faced
Excluding, perhaps, the technical challenge Canelo faced in Floyd Mayweather, this will be the biggest fight of his career. And GGG, when asked if Canelo would be his most dangerous opponent yet, replied, “Of course.”
8. There’s a Rematch Clause
If this is the fight it’s supposed to be, we’ll get two. Who knows–maybe even a trilogy? Boxing is back, baby.