Canelo vs. Golovkin II—Stricken from the Record

By Marc Livitz on June 6, 2018
Canelo vs. Golovkin II—Stricken from the Record
“Eddie Hearn loves the fight. Daniel Jacobs loves the fight and we love the fight as well.”

“Danny’s a great fighter and a fan’s fighter as well. He’s just not Golovkin. This is indeed a different type of ‘big drama show…’”

How often is it that we get a case of feeding the hand that bit you for a change? Last September in Las Vegas, the two best middleweights in the world, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fought to a highly disputed draw. Much as is the case for the NHL’s newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, we find the possibility of a rematch between the pair of fan favorites to be a long shot of sorts. Currently, the Knights are in a 3 games to 1 hole against the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The chances of them winning three straight games is a bit of a stretch. For the past few months, perhaps we’ve been made to feel that a second installment of ‘Supremacy,’ as it was coined last year, was not in the cards.

It seems that Golden Boy Promotions, who of course steers the Canelo express train, didn’t feel that a 50/50 split was the right deal for him. What shouldn’t be lost in the conversation is the question, “Why are we here?” Let’s remember that we were lucky enough to have the manufactured holiday of Cinco de Mayo fall on a Saturday this year. That was last month and yet, we got nothing because of a few failed drug tests on the part of the redheaded superstar from Guadalajara.

On Tuesday evening, the news broke that all of the hot air we’ve been served has now floated away. There will be no rematch this September, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya. The news was first reported by ESPN and per Oscar, the unwillingness of Golovkin to budge from his demands of a down-the-middle split is what ultimately did him in. Instead of fighting Canelo last month, Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) pummeled Vanes Martirosyan for less than two rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Once that was done, we were hoping Alvarez would serve his six-month suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. After that, we’d get the big one. Forget it.

Fear not, ye boxing faithful. We won’t completely miss out, for the brass at Golden Boy will instead pair Canelo (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) against the dangerous and crafty “Miracle Man,” Danny Jacobs (34-2, 29 KO’s). “So, there’s a deal on the table for Daniel Jacobs to fight September 15 against Canelo,” De La Hoya said. “Eddie (Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, Jacobs’ promoter) loves the idea. He loves the fight. Daniel Jacobs loves the fight and we love the fight as well. So we’re just moving forward and making sure that Canelo has the toughest dance partner possible for September 15.” So, there it is. Jacobs is game. He’s very talented and although he tested Golovkin to his outer limits in March of 2017, the idea of charging $60 on pay TV this Fall may not sit well with all of us. Danny’s a great fighter and a fan’s fighter as well. He’s just not Golovkin. This is indeed a different type of ‘big drama show.’”

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  1. tetumbo 01:35pm, 06/08/2018

    Team Gennady needs to accept that he doesn’t have a PPV-paying fanbase. otherwise, he wouldn’t be in this predicament where anything more than 15% is generous and more than Gennady is pulling in on his own. he also didn’t do himself any favors with his shrill, hysterical, and insulting reaction to Canelo’s “dirty” tests, that have not only been explained but nullified by subsequently clean testing, Canleo signing-up for sustained and stricter testing, and the fact that there is zero indication to any degree or any history whatsoever of Canelo being a dedicated drug-cheat. not unlike B-Hops agreeing to Trinidud’s conditions, Mayweather agreeing to DLH’s conditions, Marquez agreeing to Pacquiao’s lopsided conditions, and Canelo agreeing to Mayweather’s conditions, Gennady must risk, sacrifice, and accept Canelo’s conditions to catapult himself into the driver’s seat, or not. the choice is his and thus far his timing and matchmaking judgement has been TERRIBLE, e.g., doesn’t he realize that catching a rested but rusty Canelo coming off of a sustained layoff favors him?

    Btw, CORRECTION: Cinco de Mayo is not a “manufactured holiday.” it’s been celebrated in California since the 1800s and dedicated to the fighting underdog. it just so happens that it’s celebrated by boxing’s core fanbase and in the heartland of American boxing, which makes the fight-night element a logical and natural enhancement.

  2. Koolz 04:07am, 06/07/2018

    Saying Canelo and Jacobs happens is as stupid as thinking Joshua is going to fight Povetkin, a fight where Joshua could be TKO’d.

  3. Kid Blast 12:48pm, 06/06/2018

    If Danny fights like he did in his last one, he will get stopped early and viciously.

  4. Lucas McCain 11:26am, 06/06/2018

    Glad to see Danny J get a big payday, though I doubt he’ll get the 40%, or even the 35% that GGG was looking at.  Wouldn’t mind seeing him knock off Canelo, either—he’s big enough to cause problems—though boxing would probably get more out of a GGG-Canelo rematch than a GGG-Jacobs return.

  5. Ollie Downtown Brown 09:01am, 06/06/2018

    As if “Your Name” isn’t who we think IT is. IT must be one miserable toad for sure.

  6. Your Name 08:55am, 06/06/2018

    So are you Ollie

  7. Ollie Downtown Brown 08:31am, 06/06/2018

    The G3-Canelo affair is wearing thin, time to move on. Rooting for Washington to grab a world championship finally after all these years. Last time a Washington team won a world championship in the big four of professional sports was over 26 years ago when the Redskins beat the hapless Bills in Super Bowl 26. The Washington Bullets, now known as the Wizards last won a world title 40 years ago. City has 4 teams, one for MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL and they have went over a quarter of a century without a title. Damn. And they talk about Cleveland being a long suffering sports town.

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