In the aftermath of Canelo’s one-sided victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. it was confirmed that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will fight Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin on September 16th for the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight championships! It’s a fight that’s been building for over a year and in my opinion eclipses Ward vs Kovalev II for super fight of the year.
How it went down
After Chavez Jr. was booed during his post-fight interview by fans at the T-Mobile Arena after an incredibly disappointing performance, Canelo wasted no time in calling out Golovkin. Sure enough, Golovkin walked to the ring accompanied by seven nation army and a VT showing his knockout power to confirm the fight.
The timing of the announcement and Golovkin’s entrance show that the fight on the night was just a formality for Canelo and his team. The fight with Chavez Jr. was the perfect warm up fight for Canelo as it allowed him to experience fighting a naturally bigger and heavier opponent. The fight with Golovkin will be the first time Canelo will fight at the official middleweight limit of 160lbs but he looked comfortable fighting at the 164lbs catchweight against Chavez Jr.
Tale of The Tape
Age – 35
Height – 1.79m
Reach – 178cm
Record – 37-0 (33 KOs)
Age – 26
Height – 1.75m
Reach – 179cm
Record – 49-1-1 (34 KOs)
As I mentioned above, Canelo had no problems dealing with the physically bigger Chavez Jr., using his superior boxing skills and speed to win every round. However, GGG is in a different league to Chavez Jr. Canelo has displayed decent punching power throughout his career but if he doesn’t have the power to gain Golovkin’s respect early in the fight then it could be a hard night for Canelo. Despite being the smaller man, Canelo has a slight reach advantage over Golovkin and if he can keep Golovkin at distance with his jab then he will have a much better chance of getting the win.
It’s a very hard fight to call, especially this early in the build-up. I would slightly edge towards Canelo as I believe he is the more complete fighter. I believe Canelo can keep Golovkin off him with his fast combinations and accurate jabs and that when Golovkin does get him on the ropes, Canelo can mix it with Golovkin on the inside, although he doesn’t want to do that too often. Ultimately it all depends on whether Canelo can take GGG’s power – to my knowledge Canelo hasn’t been dropped as a professional.
I can’t see this one being anything but a great fight! Canelo on points or GGG by KO!
Below I’ve linked highlight videos of both fighters