Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, appropriately named “Supremacy”, will be the super fight of the year. This battle is for the unified (Super) WBA, WBC, IBF titles. Also the Ring magazine, and lineal middleweight championship. The bout will be held tomorrow September 16, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be televised on HBO pay-per-view in the United States, on Box Nation Box Office in the United Kingdom and on Space in Latin America. Millions of fans are dying to see who will win this one. With the event details out of the way let’s breakdown this fight.
Tale of The Tape
Canelo Alvarez is a 27 year old orthodox fighter with a near perfect record of 49-1-1 with 34 victories by way of knockout. Standing 5 ft 9 in with a 179 cm reach this mexican fighter certainly has youth and experience on his side. “Cinnamon” despite being the younger man has 14 more fights than his opponent “GGG” this includes his only loss to Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Canelo is a battle tested warrior who always fights with honor, bravery and explosive concussive punching power. We fully expect “Cinnamon” to push the pace by moving forward popping the jab and throwing his heavy right hand. The question is how will this fighting style match up with “Triple-G”? Could this “all action” pace pushing style serve as a double edged sword? It could easily wear out GGG or expose Alvarez to Gennady’s power as he moves forward. Check out these top 10 Canelo knockouts by Boxing Legends TV.
Gennady Golovkin is the definition of a knockout artist. Brain rattling punches and pinpoint accuracy is the way GGG gets things done in the ring. Standing 5 ft 10.5 in tall with a reach of 178 cm this Kazakhstan boxer brawler has a 89.8% knockout rate, higher than anyone in middleweight division history. With a record of 37-0-0 it is very clear this man should never be underestimated. Gennady has a calculated pressure fighting style with precise punching, balance, and methodical movement. At 35 years old the question remains, is he too old for Canelo? Boxing insiders and commentators alike have made it abundantly clear power is the last attribute a fighter will lose. With a streak of 23 knockouts spanning from 2008 to March of 2017 it doesn’t look like GGG is going anywhere anytime soon.
Both fighters stepped on the scale, at a battle ready 160lbs. Neither fighter looked particularly emaciated or dehydrated. The Middleweight class does not seem to drastically favor either fighter. It is also important to note the fight is at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds with no re-hydration clauses. This means Golovkin and Álvarez can gain an unlimited amount of weight following the weigh in. Below we have included video of the weigh in ceremony.
On May 9, Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions told the LA Times that Álvarez had an immediate rematch clause in place on his contract. However Golovkin, if he loses, won’t be guaranteed a rematch. This minor detail has some fans wondering if Canelo is expecting a loss, or maybe GGG is confident and did not feel the need to negotiate a rematch clause for himself. Both of these fighters are accustomed to the bright lights and the spectacle that a HBO PPV event generates. Both fighters have previously fought very high level competitors. A slight edge in experience goes to Alvarez. After battling marquee names like Mayweather, Cotto, Khan and Chavez Jr this is undeniable. Gennady has faced Jacobs, Brook and Wade in his last three fights. This demonstrated GGG can KO the best in the world or when necessary box his way to a decision. A skill that could prove useful against Canelo. Sometimes the faceoff will reveal which man is more confident based on their body language. Study the faceoff video for yourself, what do you see? Additionally, odds like +130 for Canelo and -160 FOR GGG shows bookmakers believe this fight to be almost even.
Who Do You Got?
After comparing highlights, weights, records and other variables who do you think will win?