Canelo, Golovkin, Byrd and The Simpsons

By Marc Livitz on September 19, 2017
Canelo, Golovkin, Byrd and The Simpsons
Unless Golovkin really and truly beat Canelo to a bloody pulp, then he wasn't going to win.

There were a few fights in which his boss, Oscar De La Hoya, was presented with an escape win or two…

Advance respect is due to all who are able to take this article with the smallest possible grain of sand. By now, most us have either read or listened to our fair share of various types of opinions concerning the middleweight championship clash which took place a few nights ago. To the majority of fight fans, the 36-minute meeting between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez delivered as advertised. There was no knockout, as was predicted by more than a few within the boxing intelligentsia. Of course, there were no knockdowns, either. It wasn’t necessarily a war, to be sure but it still should have left most of us with a feeling of money well spent.

Should we address the scorecard submitted by Adalaide Byrd? Certainly this is an issue that’s been talked over, under and through quite a few times. It’s been a big enough sticking point that the fact that she turned in a total of 118-110 has prompted more than a few to suggest that she’s either a victim or accelerated senility or perhaps illegally blind. One would have to be without proper sight to have seen such a wide swing for Canelo Alvarez yet still be given such a prestigious as well as crucial position in terms of how Saturday evening ultimately played out. Lost in the proverbial shuffle of banter may be the possibility that Canelo has indeed become the clear ‘golden goose’ for Golden Boy Promotions. Twenty years ago give or take, there were a few fights in which his boss, Oscar De La Hoya, was presented with an escape win or two.

There’s no need to bring up his June 2004 outing against Felix Sturm, for example. That’s a given but we can also reference his respective contests with Pernell Whitaker in April of 1997 as well as Ike Quartey in February of 1999. He was too valuable, so to speak to lose. Canelo’s hopefully not in danger of falling into the same mold. A pair of decades ago, sports fans had only television, newsprint and radio to move opinions around. These days, everyone has a camera in their pocket and a tie to social media, which ultimately means (at least to the beholder) that they’re important and their views matter a great deal. Let’s be clear about one issue. Saturday’s fight was billed as “Canelo vs. Golovkin,” yet it was “GGG” who held the championship belts tied to actual sanctioning bodies. Contrast that to Canelo Alvarez, whose Ring Magazine and lineal titles are bound to opinions and eye tests from packs of individuals who’ve likely never stepped into a ring. Unless Golovkin really and truly beat Canelo to a bloody, sappy pulp, then he wasn’t going to win. That’s at least how the result made so many feel on Saturday evening.

This writer was fortunate enough to be in attendance, albeit in a press box area near the ceiling of T-Mobile Arena. The last time collective boos were heard from die-hard Mexican fans towards an iconic Mexican fighter to the point of where his post-fight comments were effectively drowned out may have been all the way back in the Fall of 1993. The majority of the fans in the Alamodome in San Antonio that night were there to see Julio Cesar Chavez, who had his ears boxed off by the aforementioned Pernell Whitaker. The fight was declared a draw and a cascade of disdain echoed throughout the venue and remember, there more than three times as many people in attendance that September evening twenty-four years ago than was the case last Saturday night.

The post-fight press conference a few nights ago was not without its fair dose of criticism and borderline outrage. Each fighter’s respective promoter felt their man was the rightful winner of the contest. That’s expected. Shortly after the usual boxing blabber was exchanged, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett was effectively dragged through hot coals by a handful of reporters who expressed their disappointment over Adalaide Byrd’s inexplicable card. He actually had the nerve to essentially brush off the accusations and state that she was after all, human and we all have “off nights.” Wow.

His comments actually made this writer chuckle with amusement. This wasn’t because of what he said, but rather due to a lifetime addiction to ‘The Simpsons.’ In particular, season number eight, episode number ten. In this particular episode, which was entitled “The Springfield Files,” Homer Simpson has a very difficult time convincing the residents of Springfield that he witnessed what he believed to be an alien in the woods. The incident beckons “X-Files” special agents Mulder and Scully to investigate the occurrence. Of course, the alien ends up being the show’s resident villain, Mr. Burns. His assistant, Waylon Smithers explains that Burns receives weekly treatment to “cheat death for another week.”

The treatment starts with a severe chiropractic adjustment followed by a large dilation of the eyes as well as a scraping of his vocal chords, He’s also given a sedative which leaves him feeling quite loopy. When Homer sees Mr. Burns in the woods, the alien has a green glow surrounding his body. Here’s what sent this writer into laughter on Saturday evening. Burns explains that a lifetime of working in Springfield’s nuclear power plant has left his body with a bright green glow. Unfortunately, it’s also made him “as impotent as a Nevada Boxing Commissioner.” What’s that saying about truer words? 

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