A New Beginning

By Marc Livitz on September 11, 2017
A New Beginning
Golovkin honed his trade in what was once part of the powerful, mysterious Soviet Union.

Hopefully, the events of August 26 have once and for all put an end to one era and helped proclaim a new one…

Admit it. The all-too familiar jingle of HBO’s “24/7” series gets you pumped and ready for an enticing showdown. At the same time, it may seem bit strange to not see the faces of boxing past when we hear the humming of the trumpet which signals the start of an episode. Likewise, the second installment of the program which has led us to Saturday’s middleweight unification contest between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez isn’t exactly in tune by way of comparison to the first handful of episodes we saw back in 2007 when Oscar De La Hoya met Floyd Mayweather, a bout which helped forever change the life of the latter.

HBO may now understand that a legitimate and highly anticipated contest no longer needs four installments of “24/7” and perhaps more to the point, needs neither a hero nor villain to help promote it. What have we learned so far? Canelo likes horses and Golovkin honed his trade in what was once part of the powerful, mysterious Soviet Union. Hopefully, the events of August 26 have once and for all put an end to one era and helped proclaim a new one, so to speak. Granted, Alvarez and Golovkin have been around for quite a while and while their upcoming contest is indeed significant, such a distinction is not always enough. Remember the June rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev? That one was for the prettiest M&M’s in the light heavyweight division, yet it seemed that no one seemed to care. That’s a shame.

What Saturday’s clash will finally allow many to do is to simply move forward. We can move onward. History can ultimately be the judge of the faces who dominated the early twenty-first century, although some already seem to have their respective places set in stone. Social media and opinions which are met with instant gratification may have helped settle that argument. Regardless of what we’ve seen, we can remain hopeful that Canelo and “GGG” give us one of the ages in a contest which is so far a true ‘‘pick ‘em’’ type of showdown. If the result is compelling enough, then guess what? Mexican Independence Day, September 16, is a Saturday in 2017, as is Cinco de Mayo in 2018.

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