Well tomorrow it is.
That’s right folks this is the long awaited fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Gennadyvich Golovkin. For the hardcore boxing fans reading this you’re probably salivating right now because this is the fight we’ve been wanting for a few years now. Well the powers that be have delivered it now, we just had to sit through that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. money grab first. So I already know the hardcore fans among you are sold, but I need to now convince the new or casual fans this fight is worth it. Look I’m sorry if you once again feel betrayed by boxing for that MayMac spectacle a few weeks ago, but you can’t say I didn’t warn you!
Gennady Golovkin or GGG as he’s referred to by most was born in Karaganda in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic of the USSR, which is Kazakhstan today and should now be famous for more than Borat. GGG got a young start on the sport, fighting both in the grueling youth programs of the Soviet sports system and the streets, as his friends and brothers got a kick out of setting him up to fight bigger and older foes. He had a tremendous amateur career compiling 345 wins to only 5 losses. Unreal stuff. He faced other big name pros in the amateurs like Andy Lee (IRE), Lucian Bute (ROM), and Andre Dirrell (USA) during his years in the senior ranks where he represented Kazakhstan in the 2004 Olympics winning a silver medal.
In 2005 it was time to start making some money in his craft after dedicating so many years to the USSR and Kazakh programs throughout his illustrious amateur career. He went to Germany first to pursue his professional career there and racked up 23 wins before his first fight in US. At which point he connected with trainer Abel Sanchez who has turned him into a complete machine. Famous for his ridiculous knockout percentage and funny endearing attempts to speak English (he actually speaks English a lot better than Canelo, which is just a bad move because he’s had Golden Boy marketing him in America for years now) and his embrace of “Mexican Style” which has been kind of a nickname he’s picked up, he’s become a fan favorite since his embarkment of the US portion of his career. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him fight on TV against Matthew Macklin.
Saul Alvarez or Canelo as he’s universally known as is that famous red headed phenom from Guadalajara, Mexico who I guess you could say has taken the torch as today’s biggest name fighter. Definitely the biggest blockbuster who is a current day active fighter. Completely different story than his opponent on Saturday. Rather than building a strong amateur career, Alvarez, who comes from a big boxing family that includes 6 brothers who are/were professionals, turned pro early. The rules are a little different in Mexico, where he was able to turn pro at 15 and starting building experience during those formative years in the non headgear verson of the game. Imagine the advantage one has when you’re 27 in your prime and have 12 years as a professional under your belt.
Sure there was plenty of controversy in the recent years of building up to this fight, but I’ll spend no time writing about that now because we’re here and the fight is tomorrow so the possible dodging doesn’t really need to be covered in a TL;DR about a fight that’s now here. One thing you should know is that this is a middleweight fight (160lbs). Canelo has spent the American consciousness portion of his career fighting mostly at super welterweight/junior middleweight (154 lbs). There was a brief time where he held a title at 160 while only taking fights at a catch weight of 155lbs or “Caneloweight” as it became known as, but that’s over now which is good. This is a true middleweight contest.
TL;DR if you have no time at all to read the short write up above
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0) 35 years old. Holds WBA “super champion”, WBC, IBF, IBO belts. All titles on the line Saturday.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1) 27 years old. Holds the belt that is given out by The Ring magazine which means less now than it used to. A title that is essentially assigned by writers. And guess who The Ring is owned by now? Oscar De La Hoya. Also Canelo’s promoter…
My prediction: Golovkin by KO in the 6th round. I like Canelo and have rooted for him in all the fights I’ve seen him in, but I’m going for GGG this time.