September 10, 2018
What started out as a sparring partnership in 2011, has evolved into what’s being billed by many as the “fight of the year” to take place between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on September 15th, 2018 for the Middleweight World Championship belt at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their first bout ended in a highly controversial split draw a year ago, resulting in the inevitable and historic rematch this year.
Those who follow me on social media already know about my love for the fight game and for Canelo Alvarez. Over the years I have shared behind-the-scenes footage from some of the most talked about fights in recent history – covering both boxing and MMA.
Remember the time Anderson Silva broke his leg in the match against Chris Weidmen? I was there. What about the time a young Canelo Alvarez lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr., for the light middleweight title five years ago? I was there too. As the date of the fight nears, I am super excited for Canelo vs. GGG 2 in Las Vegas. And yes, I will be there too!
There is no love lost between Canelo and GGG. Initially, the rematch had been set for May 5th, 2018, but Canelo, a native of Guadalajara, Jalico, tested positive for Clenbuterol in February – a performance enhancement drug banned from athletic competition in the U.S. As a die-hard Canelo fan, I believe he tested positive for the reason he gave; consumption of contaminated Mexican meat. But the Nevada Athletic Commission felt otherwise and suspended the boxer for six months, thus delaying the rematch to September.
Since his failed drug test, Canelo has faced relentless criticism from the media, GGG, and his trainer, Abel Sanchez. The relationship between the two fighters remain strained leading up to the fight. Golovkin refuses to believe Canelo had consumed contaminated meat and called into question his abilities and past accomplishments. Harsh words clearly aimed at Canelo’s confidence may have the opposite effect, giving him just the fuel he needs for the rematch on September 15th.
Canelo has been very vocal about what he will be looking for during this match – a knockout. With already 34 KOs under his belt, it’s hard to question his resolve. By all accounts, Canelo has learned from the first fight and will likely be better prepared for whatever Golovkin throws at him – literally and figuratively.
I’m hoping he will knockout Triple G in the later in the fight, so that we all get to enjoy their rivalry in the ring for a few rounds. Their previous fight went the distance, lasting for 12 rounds – of which Canelo felt that he had at least 7 or 8. To be clear, I don’t dislike GGG. He is a talented boxer from Kazakhstan, who is obviously near the top of his game. With pre-fight emotions running high, and both fighters looking to prove themselves, #CaneloGGG2 should be quite a slugfest.
While the fighters are making their last minute preparation for the upcoming fight, I will be hitting the gym. I have to make sure I’m in “fighting shape” to look good in the dress I will be wearing to this highly anticipated sequel.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
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