Matchup of the Week
September 16th is Mexican Independence Day, and also the day to cement Canelo’s legacy. Turning pro at 15 from Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico, Canelo has been an icon for Mexico’s boxing. This fight could possibly give him the name best current boxer in the world but as a top Mexican boxer of all time.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez walks in to his showdown Saturday at 49-1-1 with 34 ko to his resume at just 27 years of age. A feat not many can put their name to. What stands in his way is Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin a man known to casual fans as “GGG”. At 37 years of age he is to most fans and boxing pundits as the baddest man on the planet. Complying a record of 37-0 with 33 knockouts it’s hard to argue he is the most dangerous and feared fighter in boxing , and understandable why most top names in boxing are not in line to hop in the ring with this elite striker . But what makes this fight so compelling is that one man’s strive for immortality is another man’s strive for true greatness.
Canelo Alvarez has fought and headlined 7 PPV bouts already going in to this bout and he is undoubtedly the biggest PPV attraction in boxing garnishing eight figures a fight, but the KO artist GGG will be entering his 4th PPV appearance going in to Saturday and his first eight figure payday despite the fact as being the recognized champion for a division he has cleaned out. Saturday they will be fighting for Golovkin’s FOUR titles, and it simply comes down to this:
- Will Canelo Alvarez experience and techniques be able to handle the punching power of GGG,
- Will the later rounds prove to be a factor to the aging champ who had only seen the 12th round four times in his illustrious career?
- Will Canelo’s pride be too much and feel the need to exchange with this ferocious KO artist?
All will be answered Saturday when these two warriors collide in what is the best matchup possible in boxing in the last 6 years.