July 15, 2016
The boxing world is clamoring for a middleweight title clash between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Alvarez is the lineal middleweight champion and boxing’s top attraction.
Golovkin holds multiple alphabet soup middleweight belts and is desperately seeking a world-class payday.
Unfortunately for Golovkin the opposition he faces is far from that world-class level.
Canelo finds himself atop boxing’s food chain. He can drive over one million pay-per-view buys on his name alone.
Golovkin and his promoters yearn for that kind of drawing power.
His promoter Tom Loeffler chooses opponents that will pad Golovkin’s unblemished record and build his brand as “Boxing’s most feared and avoided fighter.”
Canelo is without a shadow of a doubt Golovkin’s biggest threat. He understands the “business” side of the sport and knows that’s the reason behind Golovkin’s avoidance to fight him.
“You know everywhere I go people keep asking me, why Canelo? Why is Triple G too chickenshit to fight you? The answer is simple. Triple G is not a fighter. He’s a businessman,” Alvarez said.
Tom Loeffler has been brilliant in building Golovkin into boxing’s biggest boogeyman. He matched Golovkin against opponents with inferior boxing skills. Warm bodies with the lack of power to exploit Golovkin’s poor defensive skills.
“Let me tell you something, in this business we have to protect ourselves at all times,” Golovkin said.
“As a matter of fact, I understand a loss would hurt my brand and drawing power. So at the end of the day it’s business. And make no mistake about it, this is a business,” he added.
It will be a nice piece of business for Golovkin on September 10. Golovkin will defend his paper championships against undersized welterweight titleholder Kell Brook.
The entire thing is a conspicuously orchestrated play by Loeffler to take the heat off of Golovkin for dancing around a Canelo fight.
Brook could give Golovkin fits by using his speed and technical boxing skills. However, Golovkin won’t have to fear Brook’s power.
This is where Canelo scares Golovkin. There is no questioning Canelo’s skill. Against Alvarez, Golovkin would be taking on a fighter with immense power, skill and courage.
Even Golovkin’s team is willing to admit these fears as they decided to fight an undersized fighter.
They say styles makes fights and for Golovkin, his strengths would be neutralized by Alvarez. That’s not to say Golovkin wouldn’t be able to defeat the reigning middleweight world champion.
It would be the first victory over a world-class fighter in Golovkin’s career. A career spanning over ten years and 35 professional fights.
But the odds of a loss would be significantly higher against Canelo than any other D-list
The chance of that loss terrifies Golovkin.
Unfortunately for Canelo and all his little Canelo-maniacs, Golovkin’s fears will be the biggest obstacle in making the most anticipated prizefight in boxing today.