The Friday Five: September 15th, 2017 Canelo-GGG Edition
This Saturday we will finally see what people have been calling the “real fight of the summer” as Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. We’re here to give you the five stories that will help you to prepare for tomorrow’s event.
- If Alvarez wins the WBC title becomes vacant:
In a letter written by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, he discussed the rift between the organization and one of the most visible fighters in the sport. Since 2015 there has been tension with Alvarez vacating the WBC middleweight crown, declining a custom belt for his fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and declined to fight for the WBC’s title and more than likely its custom belt this weekend against Gennady Golovkin.
- The looming ghost of Mayweather and McGregor:
One of the biggest issues brought up during the build up to this fight was the big event that was less than a month prior to Canelo and GGG, when Floyd Mayweather faced Conor McGregor. While tomorrow night’s fight is sold out, Mayweather/McGregor sold just over 14,000 seats of the 20,000 available in T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather/McGregor did make more money than what is predicted for Canelo and GGG. Will the fight between the UFC star and the now retired boxer effect the buys for the middleweight fight?
- “The Greatest Fight In Middleweight History”:
Golden Boy Promotions CEO and Founder, Oscar De La Hoya has been the biggest proponent of the idea that this will be or already is the greatest fight in the history of the middleweight division, yes… greater than Hagler and Hearns. Some in the boxing community have been taken aback by this claim or assertion weeks before a bell has rung between Alvarez and Golovkin.
- “Mexican” Style.
The idea of Mexican style, which includes heavy and straight ahead offense and minimal defense has been at the heart of the debate between GGG and Alvarez. GGG claiming that he has the heart of a Mexican fighter, Alvarez’ trainer Eddy Reynoso said at this week’s press conference that Canelo not only had the heart of a Mexican fighter “but the blood and spirit” of one as well. Golovkin trained by Abel Sanchez of Mexican descent backs up his fighter, while Alvarez has a different idea.
“When Golovkin or a lot of his fans refer to fighting “Mexican style” it is describing a style in which a fighter is gutsy, comes forward aggressively, is throwing power punches just to throw them and engages in unnecessary exchanges. I would argue that GGG’s definition of “Mexican Style” isn’t completely correct…
- Who has more to lose?
On Saturday night, Canelo, now 27, will face his toughest challenge since Mayweather. He steps into the ring with Gennady Golovkin, a middleweight champion who has yet to suffer a professional defeat. In this contest, there is less room for moral victories. Each man enters the ring aware of the significant stakes of the bout, and the impact that losing may have on their legacy.So the question is: Which fighter has more to lose?Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) has a reputation almost entirely built a quasi-mythical invincibility. While his opponent is the bigger star, ‘GGG’ has for years been boxing’s boogeyman, a devastating puncher that few want to share the ring with. Though he’s seen that reputation slip in his last two fights (a sloppy victory over blown-up welterweight Kell Brook and a razor-close decision win over Danny Jacobs), he still enters this fight undefeated and dangerous.