Canelo lvarez and Gennady Golovkin have yet to agree on venue, money-split and load but these items will not regard boxing fans before what Golovkin says will be a big drama show
Finally boxing has the fight the industry severely needed and the devotees have loudly craved for the past couple of years: Sal Canelo lvarez against Gennady GGG Golovkin on 16 September, likely in Las Vegas, with other bidders surely lurking.
No sooner had lvarez accomplished a reigning, untroubled points win over the disappointing Julio Csar Chvez Jr in Las Vegas on Saturday night than Golovkin, the unbeaten owner of all the relevant nature middleweight belts, emerged from the crowd to confirm the word 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 least they have committed to a date.
Golovkin said: I feel very excited. I think in September it will be a big Mexican-style[ contended ], a big drama reveal. Were ready.
Although lvarez has spent often of his occupation at 11 st he appears vastly comfy at middle and regularly is huge on battle night, sometimes 20 lb or more above the weigh-in limit, whatever the disagreement. Golovkin, a seasoned middle-of-the-road, might hold the Mexican get closer to his own natural weight.
All these are details that will not fear millions of boxing love. They merely want to see the fight. Merely pig-headed depravity can avoid 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 greatly big than that. Chvez, who already had height, reach and sizing on his surface, had civilized down to 164 lb diligently, from all images, but lacked fire.
Michael Buffer announced it simply as 12 rounds of boxing in the super-middleweight division. There was no sanctioned title but a bigger booty: “whos” the very best or better Mexican?
Chvez, burdened as he is anointed as the son of a mythology, tried his best but could not cash in on his size and reach advantage and, when they get properly down to it, lvarez, a pre-fight 4-1 on favourite in Vegas, bossed him for a deserved shut-out. There were no knockdowns nor were there a few moments of high drama.
In some channels it was a exceedingly un-Mexican push and perhaps a letdown to the Latino community especially the young women in the crowd whose teenage wails foreseen blood and thunder that never materialised. The excellent Barry Jones on BoxNation sacrificed Chvez the ninth but that was philanthropic. Richie Woodhall thought it a very disappointing parade from Chvez.
lvarez, boxing conservatively but with purpose, did all he was required to do. On the few parties when Chvez went on the front paw in the seventh as the rivalry was steadily ebbing away from him lvarez stirred him pay the price with a brutal response.
All three judges gave it to lvarez 120 -1 08. Even those people get it right sometimes. In the ring afterwards Chvez gazed 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 said, but he wouldnt throw punches.
Certainly lvarez drum Chvez more convincingly than Golovkin defeated Daniel Jacobs in New York in March, although it will take a brave bookmaker to separate them in September. If I had to make an early entitle, it appears as if lvarez is get the 35 -year-old Kazakh at exactly the best time. Canelo fell short against Floyd Mayweather a different sort of genius in 2013 when he was not quite ready.
But he is ready now.
The gap in class around that weight was obviou on the undercard. David Lemieux, a serious threat in the discord before Golovkin dismantled him in eight rounds in 2015, has rebuilt his honour with a few respectable acquires since, but the Canadian banger struggled for 10 rounds before heavily outpointing Marcos Reyes, a resilient tradesman who took Chvez to 10 forgetting rounds four fights previously.
The Britons Billy Joe Saunders, if fit, and Chris Eubank Jr, and the Irishman Andy Lee, are deserving challengers in this step-down firm and might get their luck over the next 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 nearly 18 few months ago, reverted with an eight-round workout 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 walked round the boxing jungle like a lost soul. After beating 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