Canelo vs. Smith—Click It or Ticket?

By Marc Livitz on September 17, 2016
Canelo vs. Smith—Click It or Ticket?
Is Canelo Alvarez looking to clean out the junior middleweight division or your pocket?

This is truly set to be a fan’s dream and it seems like the brass in charge finally listened to the desires and wishes of the public…

Tonight in Arlington, Texas, Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will enter the ring to square off for what many will see as pound-for-pound supremacy against knockout chieftain, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Fans of the sweet science across the globe are breathing a collective sigh of delightful relief at the thought of a superfight which materialized without as much as a hitch. There was no back and forth banter between rival promoters and camps, just as there were no accusations of the use of PEDs or ethnic slurs got on cellphone video. This is truly set to be a fan’s dream and it seems like the brass in charge finally listened to the desires and wishes of the public. Upon reading such a fabricated passage, there’s no need to pinch yourself. Go ahead and take a cold shower and say it ain’t so because well, it ain’t.

A tad short of three months ago, we learned that while the monstrous AT&T Stadium was indeed available during Mexican Independence Day weekend, a showdown such as Alvarez versus Golovkin would not be the event taking place there. At times, it seems that long gone are the coveted days where high profile, championship bouts were held in a stadium which could accommodate tens of thousands of crazed boxing fans. It’s been a good while, for the most part since we got a true, bona fide center of attention style contest in a place other than an arena in New York or the gluttonous, hedonistic playground in south Nevada. Since Alvarez will instead fight Liam “Beefy” Smith, then it’s more than likely, should history be any reliable indication that whenever or if ever he faces Golovkin, there won’t be any tickets starting at $40 as they are for Saturday’s fight in north Texas.

In some ways, it’s unfair to put Canelo to a boxing litmus test against Mexico’s most legendary fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez. His last fight was over ten years ago and that was as much more a testimonial farewell fight than anything else. When he was flying his highest in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, many of his contests (such as his unforgettable first meeting with Meldrick Taylor) were on cable networks such as HBO as opposed to pay-per-view. At the same time, he could fill the largest of stadiums to the top row because he fought the best when he was called upon to do so. Many profess that he didn’t sidestep many challenges, unlike what many fans and media members have thrown in the direction of a certain redhead from Guadalajara. Things would have been a little different had Canelo not declared that he doesn’t “(expletive) around” when it comes to fighting the sport’s top names after he knocked out Amir Khan last May in Las Vegas. Not long thereafter, he let his case rest upon the assertion that he wouldn’t be told what to do and who to fight. Instead, he vacated his WBC World middleweight title.

Are the fans who are paying to see this fight live in Arlington suckers or ardent supporters of Canelo Alvarez? Granted, one can buy (provided available) a seat in AT&T Stadium for a few Andrew Jacksons, but the least expensive seat as of Friday afternoon is $65. That’s not a bad deal at all and if you’ve never been to a high profile boxing event in person, then one day you should. The doors open early in the afternoon and fans can see upwards to ten total bouts or more leading up to the main event. However, sports fans in general are usually drawn to the marquee scrap of the night, especially during a weekend when college football is offering must see matchups such as Louisville against Florida State and Ohio State versus Oklahoma. Is Canelo looking to clean out the junior middleweight division or your pocket?

The pay-per-view telecast is priced at $64.95 in the United States, so is this a case of buyer’s remorse well before the “buy” button is clicked? Weren’t we recently liberated from having to pay more than $60 to see a fight which was touted as surefire hit when in all actuality it was nothing more than a breeze of a night as well as payday for the “A” side? Upon the initial announcement of the contest, the almost customary boycott crowd surfaced and declared the bout to be a complete farce. A money grab. Here’s a tidbit of information. Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) is only twenty-six years old. As he enters the ring for the fiftieth time as a professional, he’ll of course find WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KO’s) of Liverpool, Merseyside, U.K. staring at him and not anyone else. The undercard has been hailed as interesting by some, yet the main event is what counts.

Canelo’s promoter, the legendary Oscar De La Hoya said in a recent interview that more than ten thousand fans will come from Mexico for the fight. That’s pretty good, even if it’s blind obedience. Alvarez’s loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. a few years ago was excusable. He wasn’t ready and his stock didn’t fall much afterwards, especially since he didn’t crawl under a rock, turn to drugs or any other vice. Instead, Saul fought Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara, respectively the following year. That really got our hopes up, didn’t it? “Wow,” we thought. This guy shook off the woodshed schooling he got from Floyd and got right back at it. He knocked out James Kirkland and Amir Khan and sandwiched in a thorough victory over Miguel Cotto in between. Our hopes were high. Don’t tell people that you don’t (bleep) around just to do an about-face and do the (bleep)in’ instead. That’s not cool. All we needed was for someone in charge to tell us what many of us may already think.

Canelo Alvarez is the Golden Boy’s well….Golden Boy. As previously stated, the loss to Mayweather was no biggie. Should he get his pair handed to him by a boxing outlaw such as Gennady Golovkin, then even square one wouldn’t be a good place to restart. It’s a drag for sure. Let’s hope Santa was watching.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:33pm, 09/17/2016

    100% of the players should be black as well, instead of the current 90% ratio black to white. This shit is actually funny and it harkens up visions of that defensive player that destroyed Brady’s knee that year….he was flopping and rolling on the field trying to get to Brady….it was all “Got to get to Brady….got to get Brady if it kills me” to get him, he’s white!!!!!

  2. Koolz 04:22pm, 09/17/2016

    Great Fight Guys and Gals!

    Usyk is amazing!  Guy is just amazing this is Fun Fun match!

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:40pm, 09/17/2016

    All teams in both the NBA and the NFL leagues should be black owned…..all the management at every level should be black… and no privileged, racist whites not even one…none….absolutely zero whites should be allowed to buy tickets and attend any of the games….none!

  4. Eric 08:51am, 09/17/2016

    Oops. Dats JCV and not JVC.

  5. Eric 08:49am, 09/17/2016

    Those limeys are somewhat strange. hehe. Only kidding. Don’t kid yourself though, that creepo, Jacob Rothschild, calls the shots in jolly ole England, not the Royals or some Paki figurehead. Jean Claude Van Damme was on some television show calling out the Rothschild & Rockefeller families awhile back. JVC isn’t as dumb as he looks.

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:12am, 09/17/2016

    Drunken ass Hatton sucker punching other drunks in Tenerife and then trying to kick in their brains when they are down. The truth of the matter is that if Hatton didn’t have his enforcers to back him up he would he the one on his staggerin’ drunken ass back getting the shit kicked out of him. Tsyzu pounded him to the belt line and those bastards in Manchester gifted him a purposeful, blatant nut crunchin’ foul in return with no points taken, only mad roaring approval from the butt wipe crowd.

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:55am, 09/17/2016

    Sadiq Khan the mayor of Londonistan, like 90% of Pakistanis married his first cousin and now he is here helping Obama to destroy our country. I see Red kicking the butt munchin’ Brit’s ass big time. It’s a well known fact that Brit’s have piss in their blood.

  8. Koolz 07:50am, 09/17/2016

    Wow is this going to be incredible Atmosphere!  Canelo will take it all in.  That atmosphere is probably going to psych him up.
    Does Smith Survive a Canelo upper cut the kind that he uses his whole body to throw into it.  We’ll see.
    Smith is walking into the danger zone and I don’t think he comes out of it.
    Canelo still has millions and millions of fans and they will be tuning in.
    Canelo will take the win.

  9. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:29am, 09/17/2016

    This guy had his chance with Mayweather and he didn’t go for it, in fact he channeled Wladimir knowing full well he wasn’t going to outbox Floyd and get a decision. It was all about a moral victory and career preservation from the first time Floyd cracked him with that shittyass sneak right.

  10. Eric 05:33am, 09/17/2016

    It would have to be Ali-Frazier I for me to plop down tree “Andrew Jacksons” to watch a fight on the idiot box. I grew up watching fights like this on Saturday or Sunday afternoon network television. I’m just wondering how much longer that I’ll be able to trow an “Andrew Jackson” around, and who will be the next old white guy they take off my cabbage.

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