Canelo lvarez and Gennady Golovkin have yet to agree on venue, money-split and weight but these items will not relate boxing fans before what Golovkin announces will be a big drama show
Finally boxing has the fight the industry poorly needed and the followers have loudly implored for the past couple of years: Sal Canelo lvarez against Gennady GGG Golovkin on 16 September, probably in Las Vegas, with other bidders surely lurking.
No sooner had lvarez ended a prevailing, untroubled points win over the disappointing Julio Csar Chvez Jr in Las Vegas on Saturday night than Golovkin, the unbeaten holder of all the relevant world-wide middleweight belts, is evident from the crowd to confirm the information of the showdown. lvarez was indicated in the ring, Yes sir, its done they have yet to agree on a venue, money-split and heavines but at the least they have committed to a date.
Golovkin told: I feel very excited. I think in September it will be a big Mexican-style[ pushed ], a big drama testify. Were ready.
Although lvarez has wasted much of his busines at 11 st he examines immensely comfortable at middle and regularly is gigantic on crusade darknes, sometimes 20 lb or more above the weigh-in restriction, whatever the fraction. Golovkin, a seasoned midriff, might hold the Mexican get closer to his own natural weight.
All these are details that will not headache billions of boxing fans. They merely want to see the fight. Exclusively pig-headed obstinacy can foreclose the fight now although the business has never been short of that commodity.
Saturdays fight was made at a curiously specific catchweight of 164.5 lb, about 10 pounds heavier than when lvarez stopped Amir Khan and Liam Smith last year, although, like then, he will have entered the ring substantially big than that. Chvez, who already had height, reach and size on his surface, had studied down to 164 lb diligently, from all illusions, but needed fire.
Michael Buffer announces that it simply as 12 rounds of boxing in the super-middleweight divide. There was no sanctioned designation but a bigger reward: who was the very best or excellent Mexican?
Chvez, burdened as he is sanctified as the son of a mythology, tried his best but could not cash in on his size and reach advantage and, when they went properly down to it, lvarez, a pre-fight 4-1 on favourite in Vegas, bossed him for a deserved shut-out. There “werent any” knockdowns nor were there any moments of high drama.
In some channels it was a very un-Mexican campaign and perhaps a misfortune to the Latino community specially the young women in the crowd whose teenage squeals apprehended blood and peal that never materialised. The superb Barry Jones on BoxNation imparted Chvez the ninth but that was philanthropic. Richie Woodhall thought it a very disappointing showing from Chvez.
lvarez, boxing conservatively but with purpose, did all he required to do. On the few occasions when Chvez went on the front foot in the seventh as the contest was steadily ebbing away from him lvarez cleared him pay the rate with a harsh response.
All three judges gave it to lvarez 120 -1 08. Even those guys get it right sometimes. In the ring afterwards Chvez ogled happy to have taken part and leave with$ 3m. lvarez, who received$ 2m more than that, smiled contentedly and now looks forward to far greater riches. I wanted to give Mexico a great fight, lvarez mentioned, but he wouldnt throw punches.
Certainly lvarez outdo Chvez more convincingly than Golovkin overcame Daniel Jacobs in New York in March, although it will take a gallant bookmaker to separate them in September. If I had to make an early summon, it seems as if lvarez is going the 35 -year-old Kazakh at just the best time. Canelo fell short against Floyd Mayweather a different kind of genius in 2013 when he was not quite ready.
But he is ready now.
The gap in class around that load was obviou on the undercard. David Lemieux, a serious threat in the department before Golovkin destroyed him in eight rounds in 2015, has rebuilt his honour with a few decent triumphs since, but the Canadian banger struggled for 10 rounds before heavily outpointing Marcos Reyes, a resilient tradesman who took Chvez to 10 losing rounds four fights previously.
The Britons Billy Joe Saunders, if fit, and Chris Eubank Jr, and the Irishman Andy Lee, are deserving contenders in this step-down corporation and might get their probability over the following financial year or so, to then push on for a shot at either of lvarez or Golovkin, or both.
However, Saunders, back in the gym alongside Tyson Fury, missed the boat when talk of a recent Golovkin fight collapsed. Lee, who lost to Saunders practically 18 months ago, reverted with an eight-round exercising against KeAndre Leatherwood in New York in March and might squeeze in ahead of him through his US connections.
Eubank? Since he lost to Saunders in November 2014he has wandered round the boxing jungle like a lost soul. After thumping Gary OSullivan a year later he had a Golovkin challenge nailed on but swerved it. He might be the worst-managed prospect in boxing. It is not an epoch in which to be complacent.
Such articles was reformed on 8th May 2017 to reflect the fact that Andy Lee is Irish