Canelo vs. Golovkin II—Yes, Please

By Marc Livitz on October 3, 2017
Canelo vs. Golovkin II—Yes, Please
We can’t continue to allow the “Byrdseye” view to ruin the first fight. (Richard T. Slone)

The WBC (based in Mexico City) ordered a rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin at their annual convention…

Las Vegas is the likely choice and T-Mobile Arena the respective chosen venue. We were undoubtedly treated to an absolute great fight last month. It lived up to the hype and the only fly in the ointment, so to speak, won’t be part of the May festivities. Time may allow us to remember the first meeting between Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) as a superb bout with a fair result. We can’t continue to allow the “Byrdseye” view of one individual to ruin it

Azerbaijan has some gas. Lots of it, to be exact. The country which cradles the Caspian Sea certainly has made good on its own success since breaking away from the Soviet Union upon its collapse more than a quarter century ago. On Monday afternoon, the WBC (based in Mexico City) ordered a rematch between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at their annual convention, which took place in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

Of course, this should come as no surprise to boxing fans, who can only hope the second installment to determine true middleweight supremacy lives up to its billing as much as was the case just a shade over two weeks ago. The date, to no one’s surprise will be the fifth of May. The involved parties and promotional companies lucked out with Mexican Independence Day, September 16 landing on a Saturday this year. Guess what? Yes, next year, Cinco de Mayo is also on a Saturday.

Hopefully, round thirteen will begin at a venue where more fans can enjoy the action live, yet we’ve grown to know better than stricken ourselves with bated breath over such wishes. Las Vegas is the likely choice and T-Mobile Arena the respective chosen venue. We were undoubtedly treated to an absolute great fight last month. It lived up to the hype and the only fly in the ointment, so to speak, won’t be part of the May festivities. Time may allow us to remember the first meeting between Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) as a superb bout with a fair result. We can’t continue to allow the “Byrdseye” view of one individual to ruin it because a split of six rounds to six or seven rounds to five for either competitor seemed reasonable to most.

As the late Tom Petty once sang, “the waiting is the hardest part.” As of now, that’s all we can do. We know they’ll fight again and perhaps we’ve always been comfortable with that thought. They have nowhere else to go. Who wanted to see either Canelo or Golovkin fight Miguel Cotto? A show of hands for Billy Joe Saunders? Not even the crickets are making noise this time.

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