Hellraiser Boxing News | Supremacy: Golovkin vs Alvarez First Look
A first look at the Golovkin versus Alvarez mega fight from Paul Duckworth. How do you see the fight going?
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SUPREMACY - of supreme power, authority.
SUPREME - Highest state of power.
On September 16th 2017, WBA, WBC, IBF, Ring Magazine and the Lineal Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (GGG) and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez collide at the T Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Nevada. If you combine both fighters records of 88 fights, astonishingly 67 men have suffered the fate of being knocked out against them. One draw and one solitary defeat, to Floyd Mayweather, blemishes the record of Saul Alvarez, whereas GGG is still unbeaten in his 37 professional contests (33ko).
Appropriately billed as "Supremacy", general consensus anticipates a genuine superfight, a throwback to when the best faced the best. Apart from identifying the supreme middleweight kingpin this matchup will allow the winner the privilege of being regarded as one of the elite pound for pound greats of our era.
Coincidently it is from this one defeat five years ago when a contest between Canelo(34 KO) and GGG was initially muted. Fittingly the only boxer to defeat either of these renowned warriors is the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr, who recorded a majority decision points win over the then 22 year old Saul Alvarez in a 155 pound matchup.
With GGG refusing to entertain dropping below 160 pounds the public would have to wait, until now. Canelo did manage to coax Miguel Cotto into defending his WBC middleweight title at 155 pounds, five pounds under the division limit, in a fight Canelo would win via unanimous decision.
Defending the title once against Amir Khan who stepped up two weight divisions only to be chillingly knocked out in 6 rounds would be his only defence before relinquishing the title in favour of a contest at light middleweight, 154 pounds, against Liam Walsh. GGG would add this title to his collection when defeating Marco Antonio Rubio.
Shortly after, Canelo jumped up to defeat Julio Cesar Chavez at 164 pounds, and was immediately after his victory in the ring by GGG to announce the fight that the fans had hoped for. A subsequent worldwide promotional tour incorporating four cities in four days showcased the two boxers and the Supremacy event.
In comparison to the flamboyant bravado the alternative Mayweather versus McGregor world tour provided, Alvarez and Golovkin remained calm and showed mutual respect and consideration. This helped sell the fight for what it is, two of the current greatest boxers of our era in the ring together at around their peak.
The only insults thrown were aimed at the boxers from the only other man to hold a belt in the division, namely WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, who after saying his piece would then go on to offer to fight the winner. This remained the only flashpoint of a perhaps understated, potentially overshadowed build up.
If this tour was indeed overshadowed by Mayweather and McGregor, truth is told else where; it has already sold out the T mobile arena, a feat that the May/Mac encounter was 5000 seats short of achieving. Apart from the obvious strength and power both boxers carry equally impressive speed and both are technically gifted.
Canelo is said to have the better defence where GGG has shown that he can take punches to deliver his own. Questions remain over Canelo's footwork, notably made by Floyd Mayweather Jr who called him "flat footed", and people have now started to ask whether the 35 year old GGG is on the decline. Although to put this into perspective these were on the back of Golovkin being taken the distance for the first time in 9 years by Daniel Jacobs.
Canelo at 27 years old is regarded as to be in his prime but even as an excellent counter puncher he will surely be made to work every round by GGG who is an expert at cutting off the ring. With it proving difficult to predict an outright winner, it is genuinely a fight in which fans are salivating to witness and also equally sure to savour the moment when the Supreme middleweight of our time will be crowned.
Posted: 6th Sep 2017
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