Sea of Electricity

By Marc Livitz on September 15, 2017
Sea of Electricity
The Kazakhstani knockout maestro has endeared himself to fans of all nationalities.

What was truly interesting about today’s weigh-in was the fact that fans showed such respect and admiration for Gennady Golovkin…

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—A break from tradition didn’t matter one iota this morning. When a weigh-in is open to the public and getting there early means fans can sit in seats that would cost a kidney and a liver for the actual fight the following night, then they’re willing to make it happen. Officially, the doors at the MGM Grand Garden Arena opened around 10 am, yet some devotees had been standing in line for close to five hours. That’s not crazy. That’s not a case of needing a girlfriend. It’s a way of life to boxing fans and in terms of leveled criticism, the words don’t even come near a pair of deaf ears.

What was truly interesting about the weigh-in today at the MGM was the fact that fans showed such respect as well as admiration for Gennady Golovkin. Over the last few years, the Kazakhstani knockout maestro has endeared himself to fans of all nationalities. This is not always the case when arenas are packed to see a budding Mexican legend take his act into the ring.

Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) will put his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC world middleweight titles on the line tomorrow night when he collides (hopefully) with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s), who himself will lay his lineal as well as Ring Magazine accolades on the line. Currently, the scene in Las Vegas cannot simply be described as festive. One of the most significant bouts in recent memory will take place at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena. Furthermore, fight fans are not only in the midst of pandemonium topped with anticipation, but Mexican Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year as well.

Fighters on the undercard have thrown out promises to steal the collective thunder of tomorrow night’s main event. Although such claims aren’t exactly new, they may find themselves hard pressed to follow through when all is said and done. In any case, the atmosphere in Sin City is electric.

The party vibes seem to be in the air and on the faces of fans everywhere. Even those who weren’t able to secure tickets to the actual fight are planning to party into the wee hours of Friday and take the action to a ballroom tomorrow. Properties owned by the MGM company are currently asking for $75 (plus fees) to watch the fight on a closed circuit basis. Get the beers in. Have the family and friends over. This one just might have the potential to leave more than just a few faces with a permanent grin.

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