Fight Week Beckons

By Marc Livitz on September 10, 2017
Fight Week Beckons
The general public may have its eyes elsewhere, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Saturday’s contest may not break records and it might not have as many media outlets swimming in their own saliva as was the case on August 26…

It’s here! Well, almost. What may have seemed like an extremely long and tedious two-week period is just about done. We’ve known since Canelo Alvarez’s one-sided beatdown of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. last May that September 16th would give us a contest for which we’ve long anticipated. Luckily, the wait was only about eighteen months, give or take from inception to reality. We’d become accustomed to waiting half a decade or more for some championship contests to finally materialize. As we know, when we got that particular contest, we were served a batch of stale bagels. In what is now less than seven days’ time, we’ll know whether or not Canelo will reign supreme in the middleweight division or if Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will keep matters as they currently stand. We can only hope there’s the competitive firefight we’re anticipating and that the contest plays out as advertised.

We can keep our fingers crossed that there’s no draw, although that wouldn’t be the end of the world. Beginning at noon PST on Tuesday, both Alvarez and Golovkin will make their respective “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As has become the custom, a Friday night card will precede Saturday night’s extravaganza at T-Mobile Arena. A flurry of Mexican music acts will headline the weekend, which is the reason for Friday night’s interim WBA World Featherweight title clash between Claudio Marrero and Jesus Rojas being held in an MGM ballroom and not the Grand Garden Arena. Additionally, Friday’s weigh-in for the championship showdown between Canelo and Golovkin is set to begin at noon PST instead of the customary later time in the afternoon. Why? The Grand Garden Arena needs to be set up for Mexican rock superstars, Mana. It’s that kind of weekend. Simply electric.

Alejandro Fernandez, the son of Mexican legend Vincente Fernandez will perform at T-Mobile Arena on Friday. Mexican Independence Day weekend in Sin City has the potential to be riveting indeed. Saturday’s contest may not break records and it might not have as many media outlets swimming in their own saliva as was the case on August 26. Fight fans, as in real fight fans, don’t care one bit. This one’s for us. The general public may have its eyes elsewhere, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps we can feel a certain level of comfort with the fact boxing will return to its place of prominence without the help of another form of fighting to help prop it up for a few hours.

There will be media coverage, to be sure, just not to the degree of what we saw two weeks ago. Many will see that as a good thing because it allows us to see who really knows the sport. Although not completely so, certain forms of the press won’t be there. That’s okay. News personalities who normally cover other sports are still welcome. They’ll just have to pay for a seat. A red carpet alongside an arrival photo spot signifies an event as opposed to a scrap for the ages. Advertising for the contest seems to pale in comparison to previous promotional efforts, but that’s just fine. We’re ready. Let it ride.

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  1. buddhabob 06:55am, 09/12/2017

    This fight will most certainly NOT be fairly judged so GGG knows he has to end it with a KO . The Mexican influence has been very corrupting in boxing simply because their fan base is so rabid and there is so much money behind their fighters.

    If this thing goes the distance the red head wins. I don’t care how many punches GGG lands. Abel is already trying to lure the red head out into the ring by calling him a ‘slapper’. It will probably work. Canelo is young and way,way over rated. He is not a natural middle weight and in the 80s would never have even seen a title shot. In the 90s CHavez Sr. would have walked him down in every fight. This kid has his promoters and handlers and Cable t.v. to thank for his pay days.

  2. David 01:39pm, 09/11/2017

    Yeah, it may not be as big as the so-called fight two weeks ago and the same celebrities at that fiasco most likely won’t be their, but the real boxing fans will show up.

  3. Koolz 01:21am, 09/11/2017

    Canelo after getting beat around the ring will lose energy by the sixth round and in the eighth will be TKO’d from GGG.

  4. Timothy Agoglia Carey 05:32pm, 09/10/2017

    Is Angel Heredia in Alvarez’s camp….officially or otherwise?! Canelo is really puffed/ buffed up and that jaw is starting to look scary…. even scarier than Mikey Garcia’s! Guaranteed he will outweigh GGG fight night.

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