Canelo needs to go toe-to-toe in rematch with Golovkin
When the possibility exists for a toe-to-toe ring war and it doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing.
We witnessed such a situation Sept. 16, when Gennady Golovkin defended his middleweight championship against Canelo Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The champ from Kazakhstan stalked the Mexican superstar the whole fight, kind of the way another Mexican — Julio Cesar Chavez — used to in the ’80s and ’90s.
Alvarez took a somewhat safer approach. He moved around the ring more than he ever had and picked and chose his spots to get close. If his refusal to stand his ground wasn’t exasperating enough, the bout ended in a split-draw.
That gave fans two reasons to go home less than thrilled.
That first go-round was decent, but fell far short of terrific. We’re hopeful when the two square off May 5 in a rematch at a site still to be determined (on HBO pay-per-view), that changes.
Mind you, we’re not looking for Alvarez to just go in there and throw down with no defense. We’re not looking for anyone to suffer a serious injury. But one can duck and block punches without moving so much and still provide thrills. And when a Mexican isn’t stalking, the optics aren’t good because that’s what is expected of them. It is if they want to be idolized.
Believe this, Mexican fans love Golovkin because of the way he goes after everyone he fights.
It’s true, Golovkin is a heavy hitter, as his record of 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts attests. If Alvarez wants fans in Mexico to worship him as a fighter the way they do Chavez, he can’t move as much in the rematch, which was announced Monday as a done deal.
Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez said Monday the fight had been more interesting for the fans when Alvarez stood his […]