What to Watch: September 13-15

By Caryn A. Tate on September 12, 2018
What to Watch: September 13-15
Join me as I break down which of the week's televised fights are most interesting and why.

I expect Alvarez to outbox Golovkin and win the decision. If Canelo goes to the body as much as he’s said he will, it is possible he stops GGG…

Join me as I break down which of the week’s televised fights are most interesting and why.

Thursday, September 13
5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET - ESPN2
Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21 KOs) vs. Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5 KOs) - 10 rounds, super lightweight; Maricela Cornejo (12-2, 2 KOs) vs. Franchon Crews (3-1, 1 KO) - 10 rounds, WBC super middleweight world title

Friday, September 14
6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET - Epix (The Contender)

Season 5 of The Contender continues with episode four this week. It’s a surprisingly well-done and entertaining show with a nice balance of boxing and getting to know the fighters as individuals (and, hence, caring more about how the fights play out).

If your television provider doesn’t offer EPIX, you can go to www.epix.com and sign up for an online subscription.

7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET - ESPN
Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Antonio Orozco (27-0, 17 KOs) - 12 rounds, WBC super lightweight world title

Saturday, September 15
5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET - HBO PPV
Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) vs. Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) - 12 rounds, WBA/WBC middleweight world titles

My pick this week is the rematch between Canelo and GGG. It features two of the best middleweights in the world, and though the promotion has been sorely lacking for this bout, it should be a great match regardless of how it plays out simply because of the level it’s being contested at and the styles involved.

Last September, I was ringside for the first bout that ended in a draw. While many felt Golovkin did enough to win, the draw result was not a problem for most who were scoring the fight round-by-round (as the judges do). And going by feel (not round-by-round scoring), neither fighter really pulled away from the other or distinguished himself as the winner.

Like in most rematches, the way Canelo-GGG 2 will go is largely dependent on which fighter can make the better adjustments. Canelo and Golovkin have already seen each other once for 12 rounds, so can either man surprise the other with something new? Can either boxer find another level and make the other struggle to keep up?

Golovkin is very good at what he does. He utilizes pressure and thudding power to wear his opponents down. It has often worked, but against truly top level opposition it has not: when he faced Daniel Jacobs in March 2017, I and many others felt Jacobs won that bout. Last September, against Canelo, even if one felt that Golovkin won the fight, he did not win it going away. Some feel Golovkin is slipping due to age; personally, I feel it has more to do with the opposition level. When GGG faced junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan in May of this year, he looked like his usual destructive self.

Alvarez showed a whole new facet to his game last year when facing Golovkin for the first time: he used beautiful footwork to box around the ring, sometimes to very good effect, sometimes not as much (namely when he chose to stay on the ropes…although he dodged many of Golovkin’s punches while there, it’s not a good look, particularly in a tight fight and certainly not when you’re using a new style that judges haven’t seen you employ before). Previously, his footwork was just so-so, and many pundits felt that was Alvarez’s chief weakness in the ring. That can’t really be said anymore, and Canelo should be credited for adding a whole new wrinkle to his skillset. At 27 years old (at the time), it’s a phenomenal achievement for any fighter.

Alvarez is, simply, the more versatile fighter. Golovkin, at age 36 and after 39 fights, doesn’t appear to have more in his toolbox than what we’ve seen (which, again, is tremendous). Canelo’s footwork clearly troubled GGG several times throughout their first contest, as did the body work when he chose to use it. While it’s boxing, which means anything can happen, I expect Alvarez to outbox Golovkin and win the decision. If Canelo goes to the body as much as he’s said he will, it is possible he stops GGG.

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  1. Tronald Dump 11:40pm, 09/13/2018

    Is there anyone who comments on Boxing.com articles more bitter and pathetic than Sam Young? Sam, you have some real issues. Work them out in therapy or with your clergy, don’t try to work through your pain and anger and feelings of insecurity on a boxing site.

  2. Marc David 04:59pm, 09/13/2018

    Sam Young - Wow. Such disdain for someone you’ve never met. Thankfully, there’s enough people who feel Caryn is important enough to represent the sport. These are individuals whose views and words hold much more weight than yours. It’s fine if you disagree, yet instead you chose to bare all as the chauvinist pig you are. Salt your hurt feelings somewhere else. Ice your knuckles. They must be sore from walking on them for so long.

  3. Casanovita de Ahome 12:33pm, 09/13/2018

    You “felt” Jacobs won that fight….that’s an odd comment for one who scores fights “round by round”...still….if you were scoring that way you probably had Jacobs by a wide margin….say 11 rounds to 1. Or just maybe you scored the 4th round even because Jacobs did fight back after the knock down….for all practical purposes that would be a shut out! This is what happens when someone has tunnel vision and really is only watching one fighter in that ring as Wrigley Brogan has pointed out in an article still up on Boxing.com. You can score “round by round” as you have written but when you only have eyes for one of the fighters that is how you end up with lop sided score cards as you did in Porter/Garcia which in reality was as close as Julie Ledermann’s card showed it to be!

  4. fan 07:48am, 09/13/2018

    another draw

  5. Sam Young 05:24am, 09/13/2018

    Stick to Ladies Tennis. You know NOTHING about Boxing. You are a Female Version of Paul Magno and he knows NOTHING about Boxing either. You both are most likely Best Friends.

  6. Chico Salmon 05:59pm, 09/12/2018

    I really didn’t have a horse in this race, but the closer this thing gets the more I find myself rooting for Golovkin. Me thinks the guy was robbed the first time out and he might have to win convincingly or knock this guy out to get the W. I’ll go out on a limb and say Golovkin by tko sometime in the middle of the fight. No doubt the 36 year old will have his work cut out for him fighting a 27 year old in his prime though.

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